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Bread & Puppets
Bread and Puppet is a world-renowned theater company whose performances focus on social justice and political protest. In November 2019, the troupe offered an interactive workshop for UMF students, faculty and staff to learn about puppet making and performance. Workshop participants then performed "The Essential Furthermore," a show that draws on 15th and 16th century peasant rebellions to emphasize the need for insurrection against the status quo of planetary ecological collapse and hostility toward refugees created by natural and human-made disasters. The show demonstrates the power of mass social movements that challenge totalitarianism, extinction, and the "normalization" of the unthinkable.
Blurb: UMF's Fall 2019 workshop by the Bread and Puppet Theater Company infused performance with social activism.
Theater: Original Make-Up Design
Hailey Craig, '20
“For my project 3 as a performing arts major, I chose to do a design project focused on translating fine art into hair and makeup for the stage. The goal was to take 2-Dimensional figures and environments and reflect on how they would appear in a 3-Dimensional setting on real human faces, creating inspired designs, not replications. The final product resulted in a portfolio of 10 looks reflecting 10 different art styles and technical makeup skills.” - Hailey Craig '20
Hailey's inspired make-up designs for her Project-300 class.
Music: Instrument Innovation
Greg Baxter '20
Greg Baxter focused his Wilson research project on creating instruments that enable anyone, regardless of their experience, to create music. He was able to accomplish this by using programming software such as MAX and Ardunio to create sound, meaning his instruments are technology-based. This quickly proved to be a challenge for him, as he had little experience with any form of programming and struggled to find the information he needed for his research. However, Greg discovered that the professors at UMF “are willing to help every step of the way and they advocated for what I wanted to achieve.” With support from his professors, he was able to create six different instruments either by hand or by transforming objects such as a Kinetic and a children’s toy into instruments. A performance to showcase these instruments was scheduled for the end of the spring semester but has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Examples of various instruments that Greg created.