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Luminaries - In the Shadow of the Polish Avant Garde

Katie McClenahan


Hear a whispered tale about an artist’s life while watching an intimate puppet show for just two people. Travel through the tunnel of shadows into a laboratory where you can wield your own lights and puppets, get inside a painting, or build your own city. Watch in wonder as dancers animate sculpture, puppeteers coax abstract art to life, and stories unfold into the light. 

Luminaries is an international collaboration between puppeteers and performers from Teatr Figur Krakow (Krakow, Poland), Sandglass Theater (Vermont, US), and Portland locals Summer Olsson and Katie McClenahan. 

Inspired by the Polish Avant Garde art movement, 1914-1939, this immersive theater performance uses images, shapes, colors, and ideas of the artists working during this period, to create something new. Audiences are invited to explore the work of Maria Jerema, Katarzyna Kobro, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, and others, in a broadly accessible way. Drawing on their extensive shadow puppetry experience, the creators of Luminariesbring joy and play to the artwork and stories from the past, and illuminate where we might go in the future. 

Dates: July 27 - 29, 2018

Times: Friday 7pm & 9pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm & 7pm

 Location: Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St, Portland, OR 97214

Tickets: $20 Adults, $10 Children

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Other Info:This show is family friendly


Funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual INDEPENDENT 2017-2021 Program, as part of the ‘Cultural bridges’ subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.