Josh Rice has been part of the Wyoming County arts community since 2012’s launch of Shake on the Lake, Silver Lake’s resident Shakespeare company. A professional theatre artist, Josh started Shake on the Lake the summer before he began his MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. At Sarah Lawrence, Josh studied puppetry, an art form that has taken him around the world. Now, puppetry is coming to Perry. The New York State Puppet Festival will be the first of its kind in the state – a gathering of game-changing, internationally renowned puppet artists and masters to perform their works and discuss emerging topics in the art form. The festival will take place from June 14 to 24, 2018. Many cultures have developed their own puppet arts traditions. Today, puppeteering is flourishing with the collaboration of artists from around the world to share their art form to each other. The artists that Josh has brought together exemplify this global story, while also highlighting artists who are challenging the media to tell new stories. Artists coming to the inaugural festival include: Concrete Temple Theatre to present the internationally-acclaimed family show: Gepetto: Extraordinary Extremities Sam Gold to present his brand new Czech-marionette and Balinese shadow-inspired piece, War with Newts Dan Hurlin will screen his documentary Puppet with a panel discussion featuring Dan, the film’s director David Soll, and the Jim Henson Foundation’s Manager Z Briggs. Tom Lee and Lisa Gonzales will premiere their dance/puppetry hybrid piece Place (No Place) Tom Lee will also present a shadow puppet piece for children, Tomte Josh Rice will present his original puppet piece The Marooned Fifth-generation traditional Japanese master puppeteer of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Theater, and designated National Intangible Folk Treasure of Japan, Koryu Nishikawa V, will headline the festival and give workshops in traditional cart puppetry (kuruma ningyo) and 3-person manipulation technique (sanninzukai), as well as performing traditional kuruma ningyo performances, including the Sanbaso.
New York State Puppet Festival (NYSPF) is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. The NYSPF is made possible with support from The Japan Foundation New York and Perry Main Street Association.






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