BANNERS & CRANK EXHIBITION at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT.
February 23rd – June 19th, 2017. Opening Celebration February 23rd @5:00pm
Cantastoria and crankies are forms of sung picture story-telling, tracing their origins from 6th-century India. Paintings mounted on sticks, flipped over and revealed, or unfurled on scrolls and moved by means of a crank – these performing objects were precursors to the popular puppet traditions of many countries. Today, even as advanced electronic technology becomes more and more integral to popular media and culture, a new dynamic engagement with the simple mechanical cranky and cantastoria has blossomed among contemporary artists, activists, puppeteers and musicians, who infuse this old form with diverse new content and bold variations in technique. This exhibition features examples of a multitude of cantastoria banners and crankies from new young puppet theater companies, activist educators, folk musicians, visual artists, playwrights, and students.
BANNERS & CRANKS FESTIVAL at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT.
More raucous, beautiful and incendiary cantastoria and cranky shows Friday April 14th, 2017 @ 7:00pm, with a gaggle of family shows for children and the adults who love them on Saturday April 15th, 2017 at 2:00pm.
BANNERS & CRANKS SAN JUAN, APRIL 15TH- 16TH, 2016!!
San Juan’s Third Banners & Cranks featured performances by Deborah Hunt, Dave Buchen, Julio Cesar Morales, Colectivo Columpio, Melissa Rodrguez, Alfonzo Nieves, Clare Dolan with live music by La Exitosa!!
Photo gallery and video coming soon…
BANNERS & CRANKS DETROIT, NOVEMBER 19TH-22nd, 2015!!!!!
November 19th – the 22nd, Detroit experienced its first ever Banners and Cranks Festival, three days of raucous, beautiful and incendiary cantastoria and cranky shows at different locations throughout the city, plus an illustrated musical lecture on November 19th to introduce the uninitiated to this picture-and-music based performance form that has its roots in ancient India. The fest featured modern-day cantastoria and cranky artists from Michigan, New York, Vermont, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, & Canada.
Click HERE to see photos of the fest…