Interweaving old-world street performance styles of kamishibai, cantastoria, and puppet shows with the future in multi-media, video projection, and hip-hop linguistics. All original works in quick succession. Hosted by Morgan Andrews. Curated by Ben t. Matchstick.
Doors open at 7:30 | Performance begins at 8:00pm at the Haybarn Theatre | Tickets for non-attendees of the Alternative Media Conference are $10 at the door.
Ben t. Matchstick
Ben is an assemblist - performer, builder, and event creator. He is the founder of the Cardboard Teck Instantute of Montpelier, Vermont. More can be found about him at bentmatchstick.com and soon on YouTube.
Morgan Andrews (Master of Ceremonies) bio coming soon
From scat singing to street dancing to embodying inanimate objects, her passion lies in the ritual of play. A recent graduate from Goddard College with her piece "The Homing Device," she now keeps busy directing puppet operas, fortune-telling, nurturing community and sending mail art with no return address. She is a choreographer for the Very Merry Theater. Her original production of Orkestriska's Box enjoyed a successful run at Burlington's Main Street Landing Theater.
Cathleen Carr is an actress, improviser, writer, producer, and Goddard alum living in New York City. She was recently named a semi-finalist in the NYTVF Lifetime Pipeline Competition for her original unscripted series Career Hunters, which Cathleen co-wrote and co-stars in with Daiva Deupree, her longtime comedy collaborator. Their show, Two Girls For Five Bucks has been seen all over the country and enjoyed successful runs at both Upright Citizens Brigade and Ars Nova in New York City.
Taína Asili's music is an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds. Her voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the movement of rebellion. Taina's art reflects her activism, working in political prisoner liberation, prisoner rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements for over a decade.
bio coming soon
Mark Read is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His films have appeared in numerous festivals, including Tribecca, Human Rights Watch, Rooftop Films, and the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Read has also worked on a variety of interventionist art projects over the last 15 years, and is best known for a series of projections on the Verizon building on November 17, 2011 that came to be known as the "Occupy Bat Signal."
Clare is a is a painter, director, and performer of Cantastoria, Toy Theater, Outdoor Puppetry, and Stilt Dancing, while simultaneously living a secret double life as a nurse in her small Vermont town. She's a veteran of the Bread and Puppet Theater, and founder of The Museum of Everyday Life.
M. Tree Sampson & Derek Smith Present
Atlas Joint is a multimedia collaboration between Derek Smith, and M. Tree Sampson. Using only their iPhones, cardboard, and an amplifier, Atlas Joint creates a musical universe in which masked M.C.s, rapping puppets, invented languages, and kinetic sculpture, all take place within an ever hanging atmosphere of original hip-hop compositions.
Erok can be linked to numerous grand, criminal and/or petty art episodes ranging far and wide from popular education puppetry with Phantom Theory Theater, to radical garbage re-productions with The Cardboard Tech Instantute; from street theater and contastoria with the Flying Rutabega Cycle Circus and Review to radical banner-posters-flyer making, guerilla mural painting and poetry distribution.