Live Performances combining The Moving Body, Puppetry, Mask, Video, Dance, and Installation create compelling dramatic experiences for the audience. These ingredients serve as metaphors in performance so that audience members may relate their own experience to the objects and gestures presented by the performer. Puppetry, Dance, and Mask communicate that which cannot be described in words, and therefore are accessible to communities around the globe.
Dance reminds us that we are human. Mask hides the person, so that which craves exposure can be revealed. Puppetry allows a character to say anything, taboo or not, while often reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously.
With consideration of the multiple ingredients mentioned, the creation of art and performance occurs with the observation of nature. Nature is the source from which art is derived with love being the constant energy moving us forward with motivation and intention.
News & Updates:
School Residencies by Adelka Polak & Justin Perlman are in progress for 2016 in Ridgefield Elementary schools teaching puppetry, sculpture and Hip Hop dance. Contact us for details about presentations and performances, too.
Congratulations Scotland Elementary on a fantastic Hip Hop Concert on Thursday, Mar. 24! You rocked the house! If you do not want the fun to stop, email me about special classes that I will be doing on Main Street. There will be a Spring Break intensive, let me know if you want to join me on Sundays in April as well around 4pm! Email me.
Adelka Polak performed in Ibex Puppetry's new show in NYC at LaMaMa, E.T.C. "Crane: On Earth, In Sky" from November 5-8, 2015. If you missed it, stay tuned for information about future shows at LaMaMa.org.
Puppeteers of America National Festival 2015 at UConn was a success! What fun to have the nation embracing puppet arts right here in Connecticut this past August. "Veiled Illusions: Mask as Puppet & Puppet as Mask" lifted us every morning in these energizing workshops.
Final Artist-in-Residence performance at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists was an uplifting summer solistice experience. You can now view excerpts online. Click to YouTube for the video "From Branches to Air."
"Dancers" by Justin Perlman of Sova Theater at the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra's "Symphonie Espagnole" concert 2013. Special Thanks to Gary and Susie Singer, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra & the Conservatory! Contact Justin Perlman to inquire about purchasing the artwork.
Sova Theater performed "Branches" at Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT on November, 2013.
"A" was a success at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists! What a great audience! Read more about "A"
Birds & Butoh performances - KIDBOP and BEBOP led by artist Michael Pestel and dancer Taketeru Kudo at the Mattress Factory also involved performers Ben Opie, tENT, a.c., Mclean Denny, Caterina De Re, Adelka Polak and friends. Performances were June 26-July 15, 2011. Photos from the Mattress Factory performances can be viewed at this link. You can also view a video link from one Aviary performance and interview with the Butoh artist.