Puppet Performances and Creation! Via Scandinavia House and Museum of the City of NYC

Chinese Ox Puppets

If you love puppets (and we do!), here are 3 events you won’t want to miss:

Trolls are part of Scandinavian folklore, so Scandinavia House has puppeteer and sculptor Marte Ekhougen (a.k.a. Doctor Superhelga) showing you how to make “whimsical expressionistic troll ‘stuffies’ using found and recycled materials” in an online workshop.

Marte Ekhougen designs sets, puppets and costumes for plays and short films in Oslo and New York. She is also works as a sculptor, illustrator, prop artisan, art teacher and toy designer and is the proprietor of “Doctor Superhelgas Toy Imperium“.

The workshop is for families and adults, and will premiere at September 18 at 11AM via YouTube and Facebook. (You can watch it there until September 25th.)

The Museum of the City of New York has a series of live, outdoor performances (on the Museum’s terrace) featuring local puppeteers, educators, and performance groups.

Their Family Programs are geared to families with children ages 7–12 years old and are intergenerational for adults to attend with their children.   

“HAO BANG-AH!” Hand Puppet Program with Chinese Theatre Works
Sunday, September 19 at 11AM or 1:30PM

“Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, and experience the art of hand puppetry and live music in this special performance.”

The Colors of Frida | Los colores de Frida” Performance for Families with Teatro SEA
Saturday, October 2 at 11AM or 1:30PM

“Experience this special bilingual performance about Frida Kahlo by Teatro SEA at the Museum of the City of New York.  “The Colors of Frida | Los colores de Frida” is a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation.”

“Native New Yorkers are still here!” with the Children’s Cultural Center of Native America
Sunday, October 10 (TBA, updates via their “Family Programs” newsletter).

Registration required (registration at the top of the page of each event).

You can also visit the Museum’s Puppets of New York exhibition to explore the extraordinary creative and diverse stories of puppets in NYC.

Finally, “Puppets of New York: Downtown at The Clemente” is an exhibition focusing on twelve important “downtown” artists who are committed to exploring the theatrical possibilities of puppet theater.

The Clemente is a fitting location for this exhibition. Founded in 1993, puppetry found an early home at The Clemente’s Los Kabayitos Theater. This time dovetails perfectly with the years of the Jim Henson Foundation’s Festivals of Puppet Theater, which took place at The Public Theater and other downtown theaters, including Los Kabayitos, from 1992-2000. The exhibition features tableaus of the puppet theater work of these remarkable artists, many of whom performed at the Henson Festivals; all of whom continue to create and perform in downtown NYC.”