Yesterday as I’m leaving work I hear a brass band. I look around, and sure enough there’s a bunch of stiltwalkers from Bread and Puppet theatre walking through the square followed by a 20+ piece brass band. It was fantastic! Better yet was that they were parading through the square on their way to Cambridge Common for a free puppet circus.
The show was great fun – highly political/leftist – the puppets warned us about fracking, capitalism, war, vermont yankee, lockheed-martin… It was wonderful to see a huge, receptive crowd on the common for a message that would have been controversial in most of the country.
At the end they served bread and aioli (which was good, ’cause I was starving!)
When I was a kid at RISD I discovered a wonderful street-performance troupe of RISD-affiliated puppeteers called Big Nazo. They would perform at RISD street fairs, play rock concerts in local bars, and just show up from time to time on the streets of Providence. One of my only real regrets about my time at RISD is that I never took their “Creature Creation” wintersession class. So, when I saw that they would be doing a performance/demo at DeCordova, I snapped up a pair of tickets and begged Patsy to come along. (It was a pretty easy sell.)
The show was really kid-focused, but it was still a ton of fun, and really interesting to see some in-progress creations. I’m totally inspired to get some foam sheeting and try this myself, but it may end up as one more in a long line of ‘i’ll do it one day’ projects…
(Oh, for the camera-dorks among you – these were shot at, get this, 1/60, f/6.3, ISO 12800 with my D700, no flash just ‘available darkness.’)