PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION

CREATING.  INSPIRING.  RESISTING.  INSTIGATING.

NOW IN OUR 18th YEAR!

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"Mommy I need you to check under my bed. Are there any beautiful beast?!" -Henry Holden age 5. From Paperhand's 2016 summer show "THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST". Photo by Josh Holden.

“Mommy I need you to check under my bed. Are there any beautiful beast?!” -Henry Holden age 5. From Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST”. Photo by Josh Holden.


HELP US MAKE ART FOR YOU

If you don’t know… WE NEED YOU!

For the past 18 years we have relied on our community to support the work that we do. We have raised many thousands of dollars through Kickstarter and other fundraising platforms. Thanks to all of you for helping us do what we do! These funds keep us going by purchasing materials, paying rent, hiring artists, puppeteers, and musicians, sound, lighting, engineers, administrators, paint and much more. We really couldn’t have made it with out your generosity.

Now, more than ever with the current climate of arts funding, we are asking you to commit as a sustainer of Paperhand through PATREON. It is a great way for us to receive sustainable income. By becoming our Patron you agree to give a dollar amount of your choice each month, starting at $1.

Paperhand has become woven into the fabric of the Triangle as a trusted institution of beauty, magic, and inspiration. We’re asking you to take the 5 minutes it takes to sign up and breath life into this rich tradition of spectacle and wonder.
Be connected in another way that gives us the chance to keep hope alive.

Please visit our PATREON page and give today. We only have until the end of April (3 months) to raise the funds to use for our 2017 summer show. We greatly appreciate you helping Paperhand survive and thrive!

www.patreon.com/PaperhandPuppet


From Paperhand’s 2012 summer show “City of Frogs”. Photo by Lee Capps.

MAKE PUPPETS WITH PAPERHAND AND FIGHT FOR THE EARTH

For a couple of weeks this March, Paperhand will be building and developing a show to tackle climate destruction. We could use all the help we can get.

Here are the dates:

Weekday Puppet Building
March 20 – 24, 12-8pm

Saturday Build and Rehearse Days
March 25, 12-5pm

Our studio in Saxapahaw is at:
6079 Saxapahaw Swepsonville Rd Saxapahaw, NC 27340

Paint, sew, papier-mâché , wrestle cardboard, rehearse, help develop giant sunflowers opposing the smokestacks dance. Let us know if you want to do the whole thing, a bunch, or just show up for the day. Bring painty clothes. Artistic inclination is handy but anyone who wants to work (including kids) and who can safely wield a paintbrush are welcome.

Contact: Jan at janthehero@juno.com, 919-444-1437

And then…

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT MARCH
April 29th, Washington, DC

Fri April 28 – Sat April 29: Travel to DC and perform, ideally on Fri, before/after the march and as a procession during the march.
www.peoplesclimate.org

We will be working together with our friend David Solnit, who has helped to coordinate many anti-globalization mass puppet interventions in the past, and who is now Arts Coordinator for 350.org, and with members of NC Climate Justice, We will be building and rehearsing here in our studio in Saxapahaw and then taking it to DC for the People’s Climate Movement March on April 29th.

The show, script, and puppets are going to be designed to be replicable so activist groups can perform their own version of it in their region of North America. NC Climate Justice will be performing it around the state here in NC.

We could use help to make this ambitious project a reality in the two weeks we have, and you are the cardboard cutting, paint slinging, garbage re-arrangers that the world needs right now.


From Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”. Photo by Lee Capps.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR 2017 SUMMER SHOW

Image from Paperhand’s 2013 Summer Show “Invisible Earth”. Photo by Lee Capps Photography.

Paperhand at the Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. Sept 1-3. Labor Day: Sept 4
Matinees Sun: Aug 20, 27 & Sept 3

All shows begin at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show, except for matinees that start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show. *Sat shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Fri or Sun.

Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission.

Pre-show Performers to be announced


Image from Paperhand’s 2010 Summer Show “Island’s Unknown”

Paperhand at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Sept 8-10, All shows at 7pm with 6:20 pre-show

Purchase tickets, view showtimes & see details on the NCMA website

Pre-show Performers to be announced
Fri Sept 8
Sat Sept 9
Sun Sept 10


Image from Paperhand’s 2012 Summer Show “City of Frogs”

Paperhand at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Sept 15-17

Purchase tickets, showtimes & details on The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro website

Pre-show Performers to be announced
Fri Sept 15
Sat Sept 16
Sun Sept 17

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Come along with us on our puppet adventure!

The puppets don’t sleep, so keep in touch with us and join us year round as we bring puppet love to the world: parades, performances, art installations and some years even a winter show!

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We’re going global! One of our dreams is to travel the world and collaborate with different nationalities while teaching how to build puppets and tell stories. This year the Virgin Island Department of Education brought Paperhand to St. Croix! We got children excited about reading by creating puppets from characters in literature, highlighting Caribbean authors. Contact Donovan Zimmerman to bring Paperhand Puppets to your place in the world! (Interplanetary will also be considered)


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Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over seventeen years we have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more to help promote social change, peace and hope for a better world.

Our shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. We create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

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“The Painted Bird” 2014. Photo by Joshua Gira.

SUMMER SHOW

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 18,000 people!

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

Take a look at our past Summer Shows here.

From “A Drop in the Bucket”. Paperhand’s 2015 Summer Show. Video by Dilip Barman.


Photo from Paperhand's 2015 summer show A Drop in the Bucket. Photo by Luck Photography.

Photo from Paperhand’s 2015 summer show A Drop in the Bucket. Photo by Luck Photography.


"A Drop in the Bucket". Photo by Lee Capps

“A Drop in the Bucket”. Photo by Lee Capps


OUR FULL YEAR CALENDAR

March 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
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  • Studio clean up: prep for building Climate Movement March puppets
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet build and rehearse for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet building for People's Climate Movement March
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  • Puppet build and rehearse for People's Climate Movement March
  • Teach In: About the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
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  • Deadline: Paperhand's Summer Internship
31

 

Photo from "A Drop in the Bucket" by bellbottombleu

Photo from “A Drop in the Bucket” by bellbottombleu

Thank you, thank you, for making this world a better place by bringing so much joy, inspiration and creative thinking as we watched fabulous productions. All ages share this together, and that’s another bonus!

Robert and Janice
Marveling for ten years with you


WE ARE ACTIVE YEAR ROUND!

Throughout the year we are deeply steeped in our community and take part in public celebrations, parades, weddings, civil support (“interventions”) and general acts of vivacity! We also create learning opportunities, host workshops and spread knowledge of the great world of puppetry!


Centro’s annual Day of the Dead 5k & Street Festival

PAPERHAND IS AVAILABLE FOR…

Visit our Hire Us page for more details!

Parades
Puppet Roving
Events
Celebrations
Puppet Rental
Puppet Installation
Performance
Collaborations
Commissions
Workshops
Educational Opportunities
Residencies



"The Painted Bird" 2014. Photo by Deborah Amaral.

“Love and Robots” 2009 winter

SUSTAIN US

Donate to Paperhand using Paypal!

We believe we add an important component to the fabric of life and we hope you do too! Help us continue bringing incredible low cost “No one turned away because of lack of funds” performances by making a donation.

Among our long list of expenses are: monthly studio rent, utilities, paint, lumber, tools, materials for costumes, theatre rental, sound professional, lighting professional, moving trucks to safely haul the puppets, etc! etc! etc!

We rely on our own practice of frugality, creativity and a huge amount of volunteerism, so no amount is too great or too small.

THANK YOU for keeping Paperhand Puppet Intervention alive and thriving!