“Tito’s Dream” with Manifesto Poetico at BIMP

Over the past few weeks, I have been part of a team working on a new piece of theater, “Tito’s Dream” under the guidance of Carlos García Estévez and Paulo Serantes. We are presenting it April 4 and 5th at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT.

http://manifestopoetico.com/blog/2014/4/4/premiere-titos-dream-at-bimp-ct

It has been a fantastic adventure working with and learning from Carlos, Paulo and the rest of the cast!

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“Objects, Environments, and Actants” Symposium at University of Connecticut

This weekend I was happy to give a presentation at the fascinating Objects, Environments, and Actants Symposium at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.

The Ballard Institute live-stObjects, environments and actants symposiumreamed the events and have them online now: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45514047. Check out the other panels and presentations full of the great minds of John Bell, Theodora Skipitares, Richard Schechner, Beth Milles and many others.

 

 

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Reverse Cascade opens!

Reverse Cascade, Photo by Adam Lobelson

Reverse Cascade, Photo by Adam Lobelson

On March 1st, Reverse Cascade opened at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. It was exciting to be part of the grand opening of BIMP’s new space in Downtown Storrs, CT and the audiences were fantastic.

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Photo by Adam Lobelson

And we are ready to perform again April 10, 11 and 12 at Brookline, Massachusett’s Puppet Showplace Theater.

Photo by Adam Lobelson

Photo by Adam Lobelson

There are some exciting new places where Reverse Cascade may travel in the coming months, so stay tuned…

Photo by Adam Lobelson

Photo by Adam Lobelson

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Working on a new website

Hello out there internet! I am working on a change for the website….so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here’s a clip of the other big thing I’m working on, my first full length puppet production Reverse Cascade. Reverse Cascade is based on the life of Judy Finelli, a circus performer and record setting juggler whose life changed dramatically after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Stay tuned for more information. The full 45 minute piece will be performed with live music at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Feel free to contact me (email: anna@annafitz.com)  if you have any questions, would like to see the show in Connecticut in March 2014, or if you are interested in presenting it at a theater somewhere else.

And now to get ready for this new year, because I think it’s gonna be a doozy!

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Some new experiments…

I’ll be performing in the next few weeks in a new production, The Keeper of Clark Street by the amazing Sarah Hall and Nicky LeDuc Heart  for their YAK project. After that I’ll be in the UConn Spring Puppet Slam in Stafford, CT at the Palace Theater on Friday May 3rd.

In the meantime I’m working on lots of weird stuff inspired by beautiful things like this. I am fascinated by those creatures. I’m also working on a full length puppet show based on the life of my amazing juggling teacher Judy Finelli.

Now if we can just see our way out of this winter…

Some short videos on your way out: I did some more experiments with stop motion during the winter and fall last year. And thanks to a music box and some gibberish, I even did my own sound!

this one is sad: 

this one is not so sad 

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Puppet Slamwich at Artscape 2012

I will be performing a few pieces, one solo and three with Pepito the Clown at Puppet Slamwich at Artscape on Saturday July 21 at 6:30pm. Check out the regional puppeteers showing their skills at this free show at The Theatre Project.

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UnSaddestFactory Theater’s 2012 Ten Minute Play Festival

This year’s ten minute play festival runs from June 21st-24th at The Bell Foundry (1539 N. Calvert St) in Baltimore.

We have 13 new short plays written, performed, designed and acted by Baltimore area artists (and a few artists with connections to Baltimore).

The Ten Minute Play Festival is produced with generous support from Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Baker Fund.

For more information see our website at unsaddestfactory.com

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New work!

Before October of 2011, I only loved stop motion animation from afar. But after working on a really great film for someone else’s MFA project and learning how to use After Effects, I gave it a shot. Using a great song by Future Islands, a Canon EOS Rebel and After Effects (with the final render in Premiere), and a few sunny late afternoons, I made this:

Enjoy

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Happy New Year!

What? That was 3 weeks ago? You get all of January to talk about the new year, right?

GUMBO at the Baltimore Theatre Project and the Puppet Slamwich at The Black Cherry Puppet Theater were great!

see?

And there are two more shows coming up:

On January 21st, I’ll be taking that lady (she’s a lady, believe me) to the UCONN Puppet Slam in Storrs, CT. The show is at 8 and all free! And then on February 16th, I’ll be joining lots of great performers at Real Artways in Hartford for the first Puppet Pot Pie at the Creative Cocktail Hour.

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What’s been going on…

While little has been happening on the website, there has been much going on out in the world. So here are a few updates and upcomings.

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