Whaleboats: A Puppetry Lab with Concrete Temple Theatre (Tuesday, July 19)

Join Concrete Temple Theatre in creating magical wonders by bringing inanimate objects to life with just a bit of wood, string, and wire.

Participants in the workshop are exposed to different forms of puppetry as they create their own whaleboats* and bring them to life. Participants begin the workshop by learning about whales and writing simple stories, based on a common theme; they create a storyboard for the story, and then create the whaleboat drawn in the storyboard. The workshop culminates in a final presentation in which the participants share their stories. Ages 8 – 12.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 19, 12 – 1pm

Location: In person at the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Space is limited. To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101

*A whaleboat is a type of open boat that was used for catching whales, or a boat of similar design that retained the name when used for a different purpose. Some whaleboats were used from whaling ships.

Concrete Temple Theatre’s productions have been called “compelling” (The New York Times), “charming” (The New Yorker), “dazzling and engaging” (The Village Voice), “smart and rewarding” (Talkin’ Broadway), “beautifully acted and exhilarating” (Soho Journal) and “delightful” (The Independent, UK).

CONCRETE TEMPLE THEATRE is a multi-disciplinary company, committed to the creation of compelling new theatrical works, incorporating drama, dance, puppetry, music and the visual arts. Since 2004, they have created visual theatre that challenges the traditional relationship between design and text. Through touring original works and presenting workshops in NYC, nationally and internationally, they strive to bring myth and ritual back to the center of dialogue, by presenting works and workshops that address real issues within communities (grief, family relationships, environmental stewardship). The Brooklyn Rail writes, “Ambitious production is the norm for Concrete Temple, a creative ensemble with a strong focus on ritual theatre, multi-disciplinary storytelling and the collective experience.” They have presented their work for NYC audiences at venues like Ohio Theatre, HERE, and Barrow Street Theatre and have been artist-in-residence in NYC at The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Mabou Mines, St. Ann’s Warehouse and chashama. Concrete Temple has toured work nationally at venues like: The Yard, Bard Summerscape, Detroit Institute of Arts, Pontine Theatre, Dairy Center for the Arts, Amphibian Stage Productions and internationally: London, Sri Lanka, India, Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Scotland, South Korea and Costa Rica.