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Kyle Loven presents “Retraces”

Here is the next exciting event coming to the puppet community in the new year!

Kyle Loven presents
Directed by Kyle Loven

January 7-10, 2016 at 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater

Kyle Loven returns with the premiere of Retraces after previous sold-out runs of his acclaimed work, my dear Lewis and Loss Machine. Retracespremieres with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
About the Show:
Inspired by conspiracy theories and ham radio broadcasts, Retraces follows a skeptical man who works to decode the everyday conspiracies happening around him. Through a combination of projected miniature replicas, live sound, and scenic puppeteering, multiple performers construct his small town environments around him. As the conspiracy unfolds, three manifestations of the man cross paths and overlap in a race to connect the dots. This dark piece blends theater, dance, puppetry, music, and visual art to explore how we as humans and as audience members process information to arrive at our personal beliefs.
“Loven borders on genius.” The Times Square Chronicles

“[His] narrative tools are strong, finely honed, and intricately layered.” The SunBreak

2013 Innovation in Puppetry Award Puppeteers of America National Festival
Retraces Creative Team:
Director and Creator: Kyle Loven
Associate Director: Antoinette Bianco
Composer: Paurl Walsh
Choreographer: Ezra Dickinson
Lighting Designer: Amiya Brown
Video Designer: Leo Mayberry
Costume Designer: Pete Rush

Performers: Ezra Dickinson, Zane Exactly, John Leith, Paurl Walsh, Kaitlin Ziehr

WHEN: January 7-9 at 8:00 PM, January 9-10 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: 12th Ave Arts Mainstage Theater, 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
TICKETS: $20, BrownPaperTickets:
For press comps please e-mail:
Selected Bios:
Kyle Loven
is a Seattle-based performance and visual artist. His work combines puppetry, objects, sound, and other art forms with the human presence. His original work (my dear Lewis, Crandal’s Bag, Loss Machine, Moon Show 143) has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and other US cities. His work has premiered at venues such as On the Boards and the Guthrie Theater. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Artist Trust.  Awards include a 2011 Spotlight Award from Seattle Magazine and the Innovation in Puppetry Award at the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Festival. He is the creator and host of the lively game night, Me Love BINGO!.

Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Most recently Velocity’s Made In Seattle program produced Ezra’s work Mother for you I made this, which received wide spread critical acclaim. Ezra’s own work in movement and choreography installations have been on display at On the Boards, TEDx Rainier, Seattle International Film Festival, City Arts Genre Bender, as well as many others.

Paurl Walsh is a composer of electronic music, modern classical, music for dance and theatre, and experimental rock/pop. He has made work with Degenerate Art Ensemble, Implied Violence/Saint Genet, and Kyle Loven. He makes music under X-Ray Press, Rainbows, and Trying. Paurl co-owns ExEx Audio, a recording studio/music factory in downtown Fremont.

Amiya Brown is an Interdisciplinary Artist who works on solo and collaborative projects, specializing in the medium of light. Her work has been seen at On the Boards (Seattle, WA), ODC Dance (San Francisco, CA), The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN), and The Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center (NYC) among others. Collaborators include AmyO, zoe½juniper, Pat Graney, Kyle Loven, Alice Gosti, Catherine Cabeen, and Kate Wallich + the YC.

Kyle Loven presents "Loss Machine" at On the Boards

As the visual and performance worlds continue to collide, Kyle Loven is a difficult artist to categorize. An object maker with theatrical designs, his Rube Goldberg-esque Loss Machine unearths a world of lost items, misplaced thoughts and fractured journeys all housed within an intricately detailed set. Digging through the layers of the everyday and the fantastical, this piece poignantly displays a narrative of discovery and loss from the drama of imagery.

Kyle Loven makes theater with transformed ephemera, projections and masterfully created puppets that are a far cry from traditional marionettes and muppets. In recent years he has toured to Amsterdam, Taipei, NYC, Minneapolis, Portland and Orlando. Locally his work has been seen throughout the city, including at the 2011 NW New Works Festival and venues such as Washington Ensemble Theater and Annex Theatre. He is the recipient of grants from The Jim Henson Foundation, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Tickets are available from On the Boards.

Kyle Loven presents: "Blink" and "When You Point at the Moon"

Kyle Loven presents:




When You Point at the Moon

two new works in progress

Created & Performed by Kyle Loven

WHAT: Blink & When You Point at the Moon

WHO: Created & Performed by Kyle Loven

WHEN: December 1-5. 2011

Thursday through Monday at 7:00 PM

WHERE: 608 19th Avenue East, at the Little Theatre in Capitol Hill


Blink: a lost installation

This installation piece unearths a lost city made up of lost things. Detailed puppets,

objects, and music combine in this exploration of loss and time. This piece is being

developed through the generous support of the Jim Henson Foundation and the Seattle

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and will premiere as an evening-length piece in 2012.


Creative Team:

Creator, Performer: Kyle Loven

Dramaturg, Co-Director: Jessica Hatlo

Composer: George Maurer

Sound Designer: Kevin Heard


When You Point at the Moon

An Eastern moon myth warns children to “Never point at the moon or the moon will cut

your ears off!” Inspired by this warning, the piece follows a young boy, the moon, and

the fateful gesture that brings them together. Told in the spirit of a cautionary tale for

adults, this one-man show blends puppetry, sound effects, and a live actor. After

premiering at On the Boards’ 2011 NW New Works Festival in June, When You Point at

the Moon has since toured to Portland and Taipei. This show will expand to an eveninglength

version in 2012, combining multiple moon myths from around the world.


Creative Team:

Creator, Performer: Kyle Loven

Director: Nick Hubbard

Sound Designer: Kevin Heard

Choreographer: Gabrielle Schutz

Press Release for Kyle Loven

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at:

Pay-What-You-Can performances are December 2 & 5

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Kyle Loven is currently a Seattle-based artist. His image-driven work combines puppetry,

projections, objects, and other art forms with live actors. In addition to his original creations,

Kyle has worked most extensively with Michael Sommers and Susan Haas’ Open Eye Figure

Theatre but has also performed with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children’s Theatre

Company. His original work has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis,

Portland, Orlando, and Seattle. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation,

4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Jessica Hatlo is a collaborative performance artist specializing in new, generative and crossdisciplinary

work. Collaborators include 14/48, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright Festival,

Implied Violence, the Satori Group, Kyle Loven, Jessica Jobaris, and Rosa Vissers. Hatlo was a

member/co-artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre for 5 years. The Ensemble will be

producing the world premiere of her play STUCK in March 2012. Hatlo and Rosa Vissers’

collaboration PERPETUUM|Mobile will present their performance installation Ora et Labora as

part of Next Fest NW at Velocity Dance Center December 9-11, 2011. Hatlo is also the program

director of Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET) a Seattle based program for LGBTQ youth.

Kevin Heard is a sound designer and audio engineer currently based in Seattle. Kevin has

worked with many local companies in varying capacities including Seattle Rep, Book-It, Seattle

Shakes, Annex Theatre, and Contemporary Classics.

Nick Hubbard is a Seattle-based performance artist who creates images with shadow theater and

puppetry. He has appeared on local stages including On the Boards, Live Girls!, and Theatre Off

Jackson. He has collaborated with local puppet creator Brian Kooser and playwright Wes

Andrews, and has worked with Jean Enticknap’s Thistle Theatre.

George Maurer is best known as one of Minnesota’s premier jazz pianists, but his musical

collaborations have taken him around the globe as a performer, arranger, and composer. He has

shared the stage with Eric Clapton, arranged music for the Chiffons and written two original

scores for Saint Paul City Ballet. His repertoire includes indie movie soundtracks, 15 CDs,

arrangements for everyone from gospel choirs to rock icons and an always-full itinerary of

George Maurer Trio, Group, and Variety Band performances.

Gabrielle Schutz has been an active member of Seattle’s artistic community since 2007 and has

collaborated with a myriad of companies and artists as a Chorographer, Theatrical Director and

solo Performance Artist. She is currently the Managing Director of Absurd Reality Theatre,

where she has produced and facilitated the creation of several new works in Theatre and Dance.

Gabrielle holds a BA in Theatre from Mesa State College in Colorado.