[act-ma] 3/8, 7pm: Peter Schumann and John Bell present Bread & Puppet Theater at MIT

Susie Husted susie_husted at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 3 03:55:20 PST 2010

MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology 
Spring 2010 Lecture Series
The Theatrical. The Performative. The Transformative.

Monday, March 8 at 7:00 PM
"Bread and Puppet Theater"
Peter Schumann
Bartos Theater

Bread and Puppet Theater 
Peter Schumann, legendary founder of Bread and Puppet Theater will present a short “fiddle lecture“ illustrated with cantastoria banners. Moderator John Bell, long-time collaborator of Bread and Puppet Theater,
will discuss with Schumann the theater‘s use of public space,
technology, the concept of progress, and the relations between puppet
theater and modernism. The evening will end with a drum and fiddle

Peter Schumann  
Peter Schumann studied and practiced sculpture and dance in Germany. He moved to the USA in 1961 and founded Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City in 1963. The company worked to address political
issues through hand and rod puppet shows and giant puppet parades.
Schumann and moved to Vermont with Bread and Puppet Theater in
1970, where he continues to build puppets, create shows and giant
outdoor spectacles and perform locally and internationally, and to bake
bread, grow garlic and split firewood.

John Bell 
lecture is moderated by John Bell, an ACT Program Artist in Residence,
puppeteer, scholar, teacher, and former performer with Bread and Puppet Theater for over a dozen years.

MIT Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building (E15) 
20 Ames Street, Cambridge 
(see directions below). 
Free and open to the public.

For more information:
vap at mit.edu

The Theatrical. The Performative. The Transformative. is a lecture series introducing key figures whose artistic practice is
situated at the intersection of performance art, avant garde dance, and
activist theater. Focusing on time-based and ephemeral formats that
navigate between art, film, theater and dance, the series juxtaposes
speakers of different generations and backgrounds who share an interest
in feminist discourses and politics. 

series this spring is dedicated to Joan Jonas, a pioneer in video and
performance art, and the 2010 recipient of the Gyorgy Kepes Fellowship
Prize presented by the Council for the Arts at MIT on April 15, 2010. 

lecture series is directed by Associate Professor Ute Meta Bauer,
Director of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) in
collaboration with Professor Joan Jonas, and Lecturer Amber


lecture series was made possible in part by the Grants Program of the
Council for the Arts at MIT. Thanks also for support from the MIT
Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program.

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