BANNERS AND CRANKS FESTIVAL
Nov 17th – 7:30 PM
An Entertaining Illustrated History of Cantastoria (Lecture)
Dave Buchen and Clare Dolan will present an illustrated history of this fascinating performance form. In addition to the illustrated lecture, they will share footage of picture-story recitation from around the world, including Indian, Australian, and Iranian performances, as well as contemporary
Nov 18th – 7:30 PM
A Raucous Evening of Banners and Cranks
This cabaret-style evening presents Cantastoria and cranky shows in the grand tradition, celebrating stories of mayhem, intrigue, and the small triumphs of the downtrodden, with live music by the Banners & Cranks House Band!
ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL ↓
ArtYard is pleased to present a unique and wonderful event, the Banners and Cranks Festival, November 17-19
Cantastoria is the Italian word for an ancient performance form involving the theatrical display of paintings accompanied by sung narration. A precursor to modern puppet theater, this practice originated in 6th Century India and spread East and West, with many different variations in style and subject matter.
Recently there has been a revival of interest in Cantastoria among puppeteers, artists, and activists in the West, who find that this ancient form has startlingly modern qualities and can easily be infused with fresh content. The use of the cranky (a sister to the
This is a living and breathing folk performance practice that has its own particular place alongside the technology and media of the 21 st century.
THE CURATORS ↓
Dave Buchen has been co-coordinating the Banners & Cranks since its inception. His cantastoria projects include Natural History by Plinius the Elder and the 7-year long Baudelaire in the Box project. He is a member of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck, for which he has written numerous plays and San Juan’s El Teatro Bárbaro, for which his children would like to remind him that they are the bosses. As a printmaker, he has made numerous books and a yearly calendar since the previous century. He plays with La Banda Municipal de Makula-Barun.
Clare Dolan is a specialist in cantastoria performance and is the Co-creator of Banners & Cranks with Dave Buchen. She was a full-time puppeteer for twelve years with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and continues to perform, install exhibits, and teach for Bread & Puppet in cities and towns throughout the United States and abroad. A performer, director, cheap artist, and Intensive Care Unit nurse, she is also the founder and chief curator of The Museum of Everyday Life, a five-year-old museum experiment in Glover Vermont, whose goal is to explore, analyze and celebrate everyday life objects.