Bread and Puppet Theater Perform Daughter Courage
Internationally acclaimed performance group Bread and Puppet Theatre perform Daughter Courage, an oratorio about the courageous opposition of Rachel Corrie who died in the attempt to save a Palestinian home from a bulldozer.
The Bread & Puppet Theater
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand-puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police and other problems of that neighbourhood. More complex theater pieces, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners, followed. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread & Puppet staged block-long precessions involving hundreds of people.
After a four-year residency at Goddard College, the Theater moved to their permanent home on a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in 1974. Until 1998, an annual performance known as Our Domestic Resurrection Circus was held at the farm in late August, drawing crowds of up to 40,000. Now the Theater produces a lively ongoing summer season from June through the end of August with the help of an internship company. During the rest of the year, The Bread and Puppet Theater tours its indoor shows and massive outdoor spectacles in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Their pageants have a broad theme-oriented appeal to large non-elite audiences. They address social, political, and environmental issues, or simply the common urgencies of our lives. Peter Schumann and The Bread and Puppet Theater have received the Obie Award, the Erasmus Award from Amsterdam, The Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Puppeteers of America Award.
Statement from Peter Schumann about the exhibit.
I learned about Rachel Corrie from my daughter who had gone to Palestine to try to stop bulldozers from destroying homes and orchards, but unlike Rachel had returned unharmed. So obviously Rachel Corrie's tragedy carried very special weight for me, and during the summer and fall of 2004 as part of Bread & Puppet's First World Insurrection Circus we created four productions dealing with her story:
1) A community workshop at the Bread & Puppet farm which resulted in a play entitled Daughter Courage and was based on one her last letters to her parents;
2) A street play by the same title which we took to the Street Theater Component of the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, Spain.
3) A three-part memorial service for Rachel at Theater for the New City in New York City which combined a musical recitation of her letter with the street play and a wordless pageant ruled by a 25-foot paper machÃÂÃÂ© goddess.
4) This exhibit which presents her slowly falling body surrounded by the portraits
500 Boren Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|
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||This show runs for 90 minutes. |