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Adult Puppet Cabaret

Pushing The Boundaries Of Puppetry

Animal Cracker Conspiracy's Adult Puppet Cabaret.

Credit: Animal Cracker Conspiracy

Above: Animal Cracker Conspiracy's Adult Puppet Cabaret.


Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree, Puppeteers, and Founders of Animal Cracker Conspiracy


Adult Puppet Cabaret (Friday, February 22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts) serves up live performances and independent films all involving puppets. The San Diego-based hybrid puppet company Animal Cracker Conspiracy is pushing the boundaries of puppetry with what they are calling “fearless puppet performances for a fearless audience.”

Animal Cracker Conspiracy's Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree will hold their first Adult Puppet Cabaret of 2013 on Friday.

"Well don't expect a regular puppet show if you are coming to an Animal Conspiracy show. We are dragging everything out and the kitchen sink and a lot of the puppets we are making out of garbage, recycled objects, found objects, vintage castaways, and things that we have found," says Gunn.

"We definitely try and change people's ideas about what puppetry is," says Rountree, "I think most people assume puppetry is for kids or it has something to do with the Muppets, which is great but we definitely work really hard to broaden people's perspective on what it can be and we both come from a fine art background, and so it definitely has that element to it where we are really pushing boundaries in what's expected in puppetry. We are asking people to come and make a leap and maybe be a little bit uncomfortable and yeah experience something different and new."

Last year, Animal Cracker Conspiracy presented "The Collector," another show for adults. Here's a behind the scenes look at that production.

Behind the Scenes: The Collector"

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando goes behind the scenes of Animal Cracker Conspiracy's "The Collector."

The event includes a screening of Heather Henson’s "Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol.4," a collection of films celebrating handmade puppetry. Also screening is the award winning puppet short film, "Yamasong," presented by filmmaker and Handmade Puppet Dreams representative Sam Koji Hale. Handmade Puppet Dreams is a touring festival of independent artist films exploring their handmade craft specifically for the camera. These films have allowed artists to build their vision, then breathe life into their dreams. Henson is the daughter of Muppet creator Jim Henson.

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