Step through the magnifying glass of blacklight puppetry into a world of Dragonflies and Dung Beetles. An exotic musical soundtrack provides the thread that connects insect, plant and animal species in the web of life. Ananse the Spider uses his knowledge of entomology to illustrate natural events such as orb weaving, nesting and metamorphosis. Performed by Rob Witmer and Margaret Savas.
The dance film, “This Is Not The Little Prince,” is a daring re-imagining of the live production that premiered at Cornish Playhouse in June 2019.
Artistic Director & Founder Olivier Wevers’ critically acclaimed, full-length contemporary dance creation explores Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book through the lens of Rene Magritte’s surrealist vision, and features original music, sculptures, puppets and miniature art by Seattle-based artists, including puppet designer and PoPS member, Stephani Sachs.
Like everyone, COVID and its closures has been catastrophic for us. Most of 2020 the VPM and its host museum have been closed. For a short period of time in the fall we were able to open observing all of the protocols. In the late fall the Curator began installing a new holiday exhibit “All the World’s a Stage,” featuring puppet stages from around the world and different cultures—toy and performance in the collection. Just as that process was nearing completion we had to close again.
All the World’s a Stage photographs courtesy of Stanley Hess
Please check our website for reopening information or call the museum at 360.479.6226. Questions about the museum’s current exhibits or its collections can be directed to the Curator, Stanley Hess. Exhibits change 3 or 4 times a year. “All the World’s a Stage” will be held over for several months when we are able to re-open.
Apologies from your new webmaster for all the notifications of new, yet very outdated posts today. It was part of a site cleanup that included some learning experiences. While these old posts are still available on the site, they are hidden deep down and were only left on for reference purposes. As my colleagues always say when something goes wrong at work, “It was Nettle’s fault!”
Please share a memory or greeting! In April 2020, the Puppeteers of Puget Sound decided to name our festival scholarship for Jean Mattson and Joan King, long-time PoPS board members and supporters. With the pandemic, we never had a party to celebrate their contributions. Both in their nineties, Jean and Joan find email and social media access difficult.
We would like to compile greetings, memories and thanks from friends and puppeteers into a print document for each of them. Please email your message with the subject line “Jean and Joan Scholarship” to firstname.lastname@example.org