Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 7/10/02

MARLBORO, VT – Sixteen puppeteers from across the nation and beyond are spending the month of July at Marlboro College in an intensive training program for their craft.

Sandglass Theater and Marlboro College are once again offering an intensive three-week training program this summer conducted by Eric Bass, members of Sandglass Theater and guest artists. This year’s puppetry institute includes puppeteers, teachers, actors, directors, designers and writers who want to expand and deepen their skill and understanding in the art of the puppet, according to Sandglass Administrator Jodi Clark. They have come to Marlboro College’s Whittemore Theater from as far away as San Francisco and Canada.

Sandglass teaches a method of manipulation developed in over 18 years of workshops in Europe and America. The training includes sessions in manipulation, physical connection to the performing object, theoretical discussions, improvisation, and the creation of new work by all
participants. Key to the training is the link between the approach to manipulation and the content of the performed work.

Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, unlocks doors to our more secret sides and to integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as all the metaphorical possibilities of theater. The objective of the training program is to inspire theater artists to understand and experience the puppet as an appropriate theatrical medium, and to know how to integrate it within the larger picture of expressive theater.

Sandglass Theater was founded in Munich, Germany, in 1982 by Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass. Sandglass has been, since its beginnings, a theater company dedicated to the use of the puppet as a primary theatrical medium, often using the puppet in combination with actors and
collaborating with artists and composers. The company has been recognized with international honors in Europe, Australia, and in the USA, and its productions have toured worldwide to theaters and festivals in Europe, America, Israel, Australia and Japan. Sandglass moved to Putney, Vermont in 1986.

"Eric Bass is known all over the world today for having brought puppets out of their traditional toy closets. The magic is born of gesture, from the movement of these dolls, as if they were animated with the real breath of life," said Le Courrier of Geneva, Switzerland

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