Celebrate the joy of making and dancing in lightweight, easy-to-operate, backpack style puppets. Part dance class, part community puppet making and part reflection on what makes a beautiful puppetry experience, this workshop invites participants into Cheryl Capezzuti’s world of community building through the art of puppetry. First we will examine a whole bunch of different ways of making giant puppets. You will be able to try on and check out construction techniques for a variety of parade-sized puppet and mask styles while asking questions about materials and techniques. Next, we’ll work as a speedy team to assemble a couple of impossibly quick and delightful lightweight giants of our own. Finally we will put on backpack-style puppets and be led in an easy-to-follow puppet dance class as part of Giant Puppet Dance Club. Join the fun of this laughter-inducing experiment in community connection and delight. Participants should wear tennis shoes or other footwear appropriate for dancing. No experience required.
Cheryl Capezzuti is an artist, educator and giant puppet maker that lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. Her most highly regarded and long-standing work is an artist-made, people-powered parade on New Year’s Eve in Downtown Pittsburgh. This event, featuring hundreds of giant puppets, art cars, decorated pedicabs and live music, has become a Pittsburgh holiday tradition seen and loved by more than 20,000 people every year. This year marks her twentieth year of involvement with this event. Most recently she was commissioned by the City of Pittsburgh to tell the history of the city using giant puppets for their Bicentennial Parade. She is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and fellowships for her both her artistry and her teaching. Most recently she was awarded an Awesome Pittsburgh grant for her project Giant Puppet Dance Club, a recent experiment in community connection, laughter and delight. Learn more at www.studiocapezzuti.com.