“More Puppets!” Hartford Courant’s Behind The Scenes

Frank Rizzo writes an article about the new Frank Ballard exhibits and the upcoming International Puppetry Conference! Read More…

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Five Viewpoints on Puppetry

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On March 22nd, Susan Haas moderated a panel with John Bell, Sandy Spieler, Michael Montenegro, Janie Geiser and Michael Sommers at Open Eye Figure Theatre. Click to hear this discussion!

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Welcome to our new website!

Hello Friends of the Ballard Institute, and welcome to our updated website!  We hope you enjoy browsing with the new user-friendly layout.  Please bear with us as we continue to make changes in the near future!

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Two new exhibitions dedicated to Frank Ballard, now open!

March 27, 2011
4:00 pm

Come see our newly opened exhibitions—Frank Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry (curated by UConn Puppet alumna Rolande Duprey) and Frank Ballard: Roots and Branches—examine Ballard’s life and work, his creation of the UConn’s famed Puppet Arts Program, and his many spectacular puppet productions.

Frank Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry

Frank Ballard’s rich career as a director, designer, and teacher is celebrated in this retrospective curated by UConn alumna Rolande Duprey.  The exhibition presents the stories, designs, construction processes, and performance of Ballard’s many productions, including rare video footage, as well as the many personal challenges Ballard faced in his career.  Featuring puppets and sets from The BluebirdTwo By TwoH.M.S. PinaforeThe Magic Flute,Peer GyntThe Golden Cockerel and other productions.

Frank Ballard: Roots and Branches

What made Frank Ballard, born in Alton, Illinois in 1929, pursue a life in puppetry?  This exhibition examines the many influences on Ballard’s work, from the 1930s traveling shows of Romain and Ellen Proctor, to the puppet modernism of Tony Sarg, Rufus and Margo Rose, Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin, and Jim Henson.  Frank Ballard’s fascination with the Kungsholm Miniature Opera and Sidney Chrysler’s toy theater operas is explored, as well as the influences of a wide range of global puppet traditions Ballard studied, including Karagöz, Javanese rod-puppet theater, and Chinese shadow theater.

 

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2011 Spring Opening Gala!

March 27, 2011
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Dear Ballard Institute Friends,

We would like to invite you to attend the spring opening of the Ballard Institute, and two new exhibitions dedicated to our namesake, Frank Ballard, in a gala opening celebration on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ballard Museum on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus.  The exhibitions—Frank Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry (curated by UConn Puppet alumna Rolande Duprey) and Frank Ballard: Roots and Branches—examine Ballard’s life and work, his creation of the UConn’s famed Puppet Arts Program, and his many spectacular puppet productions.  The event will include free museum tours, refreshments, and a program of Gilbert and Sullivan songs sung by members of the UConn Music Department’s Opera Studio.

Again, we are located at:

Ballard Museum on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus

6 Bourne Place, Unit 5212

Storrs, Connecticut 06269-5212

(for directions see) bimp.uconn.edu

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International Puppetry Conference

April 1, 2011 10:00 amtoApril 3, 2011 1:30 pm

The University of Connecticut will be hosting the International Puppetry Conference in April!
See the IPC website for more information.

The conference seeks to explore new approaches to critical thinking and theorizing about puppetry and performing objects of all kinds and to bring new multidisciplinary views to bear on the subject of puppetry—conceived in the broadest terms—in order to enrich, expand, and enliven the field of discourse.  This conference is the first international scholarly puppetry conference in the U.S.

Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance
802 Bolton Rd., Unit 1127 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1127
puppetconference@gmail.com
860- 486- 0339 (BIMP)

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