Frank Rizzo writes an article about the new Frank Ballard exhibits and the upcoming International Puppetry Conference! Read More…
On March 22nd, Susan Haas moderated a panel with John Bell, Sandy Spieler, Michael Montenegro, Janie Geiser and Michael Sommers at Open Eye Figure Theatre. Click to hear this discussion!
Hello Friends of the Ballard Institute, and welcome to our updated website! We hope you enjoy browsing with the new user-friendly layout. Please bear with us as we continue to make changes in the near future!
Come see our newly opened exhibitions—Frank Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry(curated by UConn Puppet alumna Rolande Duprey) and Frank Ballard: Roots and Branches—examine Ballard’s life and work, his creation of the UConn’s famed Puppet Arts Program, and his many spectacular puppet productions.
Frank Ballard: An Odyssey of a Life in Puppetry
Frank Ballard’s rich career as a director, designer, and teacher is celebrated in this retrospective curated by UConn alumna Rolande Duprey. The exhibition presents the stories, designs, construction processes, and performance of Ballard’s many productions, including rare video footage, as well as the many personal challenges Ballard faced in his career. Featuring puppets and sets from The Bluebird, Two By Two, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Magic Flute,Peer Gynt, The Golden Cockerel and other productions.
Frank Ballard: Roots and Branches
What made Frank Ballard, born in Alton, Illinois in 1929, pursue a life in puppetry? This exhibition examines the many influences on Ballard’s work, from the 1930s traveling shows of Romain and Ellen Proctor, to the puppet modernism of Tony Sarg, Rufus and Margo Rose, Marjorie Batchelder McPharlin, and Jim Henson. Frank Ballard’s fascination with the Kungsholm Miniature Opera and Sidney Chrysler’s toy theater operas is explored, as well as the influences of a wide range of global puppet traditions Ballard studied, including Karagöz, Javanese rod-puppet theater, and Chinese shadow theater.
Dear Ballard Institute Friends,
Again, we are located at:
Ballard Museum on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus
6 Bourne Place, Unit 5212
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-5212
(for directions see) bimp.uconn.edu
The University of Connecticut hosted the International Puppetry Conference on April 1-3, and it was an amazing event for all 160+ scholars, puppeteers, and students who attended.
See the IPC website for more information.
The conference sought to explore new approaches to critical thinking and theorizing about puppetry and performing objects of all kinds, and to bring new multidisciplinary views to bear on the subject of puppetry—conceived in the broadest terms—in order to enrich, expand, and enliven the field of discourse. The conference was the first large-scale international scholarly puppetry conference in the U.S.
An anthology of articles first presented as papers at the conference is now in preparation, edited by Claudia Orenstein of Hunter College, Dassia Posner of Northwestern University, and John Bell of the Ballard Institute.
We hope to post images and video documentation of the conference on this site. Stay tuned!
Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance
802 Bolton Rd., Unit 1127 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1127
860- 486- 0339 (BIMP)