Buena Vista is an ethereal and mind-bending work of experimental puppet theater created by yours truly with a live score composed by Sean Petell. It is a live cinema experience done with miniature sets and enclosures, enlarged by an array of video cameras. Settle in for a journey through time and space, watching as we zoom into wall vents to discover solar systems, see the cosmos forming, and the creation of civilization. Onstage the engineers of the performance create these vistas with incredibly mundane materials: decaying mountain ranges of ceramic clay, orbiting planets of Pepto Bismol, clouds of wood glue, and sauce volcanoes.
This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film Program and Wave Farm, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
It was also made possible through the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab supported in part by the Henson Foundation.
All stage photography by Teddy Wolff