PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION

CREATING.  INSPIRING.  RESISTING.

NOW IN OUR 18th YEAR!

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Ladies & Gentlemen & Kids of all ages

Please join us for our 18th annual, 2017 Summer Show!

Of Wings and Feet

Tortoise from Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”


Take courage! Do not despair.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 18th annual giant puppet theatre pageant  “OF WINGS AND FEET”. Join us this summer for a whimsical, paradoxical juxtaposition of myriad forms and flights of fancy. Everything moves! And yes, we move. Forward hopefully.

Spend an enchanted evening discovering what it means to be human…when you’re a bird. Or, a turtle. Help humanity find its unique place in the world by joining the Circus of Beginnings and Ends. Witness the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times. See, hear, and feel all this and more at our 18th annual giant puppet extravaganza for all!

Using masks, big puppets, stilts, painted cardboard, shadows and illumination, Paperhand explores story, reflects on life’s mysteries, deepens our connection, and inspires young and old. An all new original score by an all-star Paperhand band with Shana Tucker, Beverly Botsford, Jonathan Henderson, Will Ridenour, Quran Kerriem, “pro” Pete Lewis!

Now is the time to decide whether you can make a difference. Come see the show!

 


Mark your Calendar!

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins painting the Resistance Goddess for Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”

At the Forest Theatre
123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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

Performance begins at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show.

Matinees Sunday Aug 27 & Sept 3

On Matinee Sundays an additional early show will start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show, followed by the evening performance beginning at 7pm, pre-show at 6:20.

*Saturday shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Friday or Sunday. Same great show, more elbow room.

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

Pre-show Performers to be announced.


Circus cart from Paperhand’s 2017 Show “Of Wings and Feet”

At the North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road. Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 839-6262

September 8, 9 & 10

All shows at 7pm with 6:20 pre-show.

Purchase tickets, view showtimes & see details on the NCMA website. Tickets also available at the door.

Pre-show Performers to be announced.


Building flamingoes for Paperhand’s 2017 show “Of Wings and Feet”

At The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
310 S. Greene St. Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 333-2605

Saturday, Sept 16
7pm performance; 6:20pm pre-show with special guest Cakalak Thunder.

Sunday, Sept 17
3pm performance; 2:20pm pre-show with special guests Gabe Pelli & Will Ridenour.

Check the Carolina Theatre event website for tickets.


A humongous THANK YOU to all of our Patreon supporters and everyone who helped fund our 2017 Kickstarter campaign!


18 YEARS! 18 SHOWS! 

 

“Enkidu” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”


View our past Summer Shows HERE.

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 16,000 people! Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.


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

 

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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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world-mapAVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

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.


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

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


OUR FULL YEAR CALENDAR

July 2017

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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!