Music Animated featuring Dreamland Faces
February 23 - 25, 2017
Co-presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and Music Animated
Directed by Bart Buch
The Music Animated concert series returns to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre for its second installment, which features the Minnesota-based group Dreamland Faces. Bart Buch directs as puppeteers Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski join the band onstage, creating a spectacle similar to a live music video or a musician accompanying a silent film.
The wordless chronicle delves into the history of South Minneapolis as visual echoes of the past are synchronized with the music. Dreamland Faces (Karen Majewicz, Andy McCormick, Philip Potyondy, and Christa Schneider) drives the narrative with mesmerizing compositions that conjure forgotten scenes by way of accordion, cello, piano, cornet, and musical saw.
Based on research conducted by Buch and historical researcher Aaron Rubenstein, the audience will experience places such as Wonderland, an amusement park Lake Street and 31st Avenue that was one of the first sites in Minneapolis to get electricity. From the physical changes of our formerly elm-lined streetscapes to Muriel Simmons’ sno-cone cart, Music Animated featuring Dreamland Faces brings these stories and more to the stage with the innovative puppetry and astounding scale-shifts that In the Heart of the Beast is known for. Audiences can expect to see large-scale shadow projections, expressive hand puppets, and intricately detailed masks as award-winning performers employ a plethora of puppetry techniques to bring each vignette to life.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Promo image by Tim Cronin-Hnilicka
Photos by Bruce Silcox