FirstWorks Presents Heather Henson and Ibex Puppetry-A Performance Spectacle of Large-Scale Puppets, Soaring Kites and Aerial Artistry

[ 0 ] March 18, 2013 |

cof9Heather Henson, daughter of beloved puppetry pioneer and Muppets creator Jim Henson, along with her Ibex Puppetry production company will perform their newest spectacle of elegant, large-scale puppets, soaring kites and aerial artistry in Providence on April 7. Henson will also introduce her latest handpicked selection of puppet film shorts showcasing new visions by independent artists during a FirstWorks film screening and artist talk on April 4.

Film Screening and Artist Talk
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM
Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Chace Center, 20 North Main St., Providence

Henson will introduce the newest volume in her ongoing film anthology: Handmade Puppet Dreams vol. 5, a showcase of the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium for individual expression. The artists highlighted in Handmade Puppet Dreams build their visions and breathe life into their dreams while exploring a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. The screening, to be followed by an artist talk with Heather Henson.
Tickets: $5 at or 401-421-4278.

“Handmade Puppet Dreams was awarded ‘The Best Puppet Film’ at The World Puppet Festival,” said Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director, FirstWorks. “We look forward to bringing puppetry in all its fine art glory to Providence for FirstWorks audiences in April.”

Celebration of Flight at the Detroit Institute of Art

Performance and Kite Building Workshop
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM. Pre-show kite-building workshop will begin at 2:30 PM.
RISD Auditorium, Providence

Heather Henson and Ibex Puppetry will perform Celebration of Flight, an all-ages performance celebrating the Earth’s changing seasons and enchanting creatures in Providence Giant dragonflies, cranes, and the spirits of the air will descend to earth when called by drums and noisemakers of the audience. Audience members will play music, fly kites, and dance along with the creatures that fill our sky.
Advance tickets: $20 adult / $10 children 12 and under (for purchases at door add $5). Pre-registration is required for the workshop. This performance is supported in part by National Grid–“Here with you, here for you.”  For tickets and information visit or call 401-421-4278.

Special offer*! Kidoinfo readers can save $5 per adult or child advance ticket, using the offer code: SPRING through the box office page. *The code is active on online purchases only through April 2nd, 11:59pm and can be used up to a maximum of 6 tickets in one order.


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