Kennedy Center Commission
Raw to Real: Carving Theater
Handspring Puppet Company
"With their magnificent puppets, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler have been pushing theatergoers' experiences to new heights, casting a spell on audiences across the world."--CNN International
Widely recognized as South Africa's preeminent puppet theater company, and one of the most important in the world, Handspring, under the leadership of Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, has created puppets for more than 16 theatrical productions, including the runaway hit War Horse, produced by the National Theatre in London, for which they won the Special Tony Award in 2011. For the festival, Handspring will exhibit a special selection of puppets from some of their most popular shows, including War Horse. Handspring has previously appeared at the Kennedy Center in War Horse (2012) and Tall Horse (2005), originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center titled Zarafa, as well as two productions as part of the Center's African Odyssey festival: Faustus in Africa (1997) and Ubu and the Truth Commission (1998).
Hall of Nations
10 a.m. to building close
Watch and Listen
Raw to Real: Carving Theater: Installation by Handspring Puppet Company (South Africa)
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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