MoCa North Miami. From Oct 20th through Dec 29th, 2007
Viva Vaudeville is Miami artist Pablo Cano’s tenth commissioned production for MoCA. Influenced by traditional marionette theater as well as the type of performance art that was practiced by the Dadaists of the 1920s, signature elements of Cano’s work include found objects, kinetic sculpture, and chance.
A tight rope-walking butterfly created from discarded plastic trays, Chinese magicians constructed from coffee pots, and a chorus line of ants created with balloons and purse straps are some of the characters that will take the stage in Pablo Cano’s new marionette production, Viva Vaudeville. Featuring a cast of Cano’s life-size marionettes and rod puppets composed of found objects Viva Vaudeville is inspired by popular theater performers of the early 1900s.
The Viva Vaudeville stage set recalls a sumptuous theater resplendent with a gold-fringed, red velvet curtain, and a glittering backdrop gilded with gold and silver cigarette packet foil. The score mixes a selection from the artists’ collection of recordings of American popular songs of the 1920s and two original compositions performed by a live band.
Cano’s Viva Vaudeville collaborators include choreographer Katherine Kramer, lighting designer Eric Fliss, and musicians Buffalo Brown on guitar, John Speck on sousaphone and trombone, Kenneth Metzger on percussion, Max Farber on piano and Miriam Stern on violin. Public performances of Viva Vaudeville will be presented on October 20th and 27th, November 3rd and 10th, December 8th 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 29th, 2007.
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