Lunch With Sonia (excerpt)
Cafe La MaMa Online
Tuesday June 29, 2021 at 7pm
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company will share an excerpt from their work-in-progress, Lunch With Sonia, which will be live streamed from The Downstairs Theatre at La MaMa.
Lunch with Sonia will be a dance puppet theatre piece, inspired by Restrepo’s true-life experience with his Aunt Sonia, a woman who decided to end her life with dignity after a long illness at the age of 72. The show will use puppets, live actors, music, video and physical theatre to deal with the themes of life, love and loss.
With this piece Loco7 hopes to acknowledge the incredible intimacy and the very personal nature of dying as the final event of living a self-actualized, individual human life and to move the dialogue from the philosophical arena to the realm of personal experience and stories related to the topic of Death with Dignity.
Written by Federico Restrepo with Denise Greber
Co-Directed by Federico Restrepo & Denise Greber
Choreographed by Federico Restrepo
Set & Puppet Design by Federico Restrepo
Sound Design & Music by Leonie Bell
Costume Design by Becky Hubbert
Featuring: Federico Restrepo, with Marina Celander, Zulivet Díaz, Aaron Haskell, Chris Ignacio, and Hope Kroog
Voice of Sonia: Luz Beatriz Pizano
Research and Selected Written Material: Diana Jaramillo and Catalina Restrepo Suitable for ages 12+
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Studies in Puppet Form and Storytelling
Senior Online Theatre Making Workshop
This event is suitable for all audiences.
June 10, 2021
Thursday at 4pm
Nostalgia will reveal instances of love through stories based on imagined or remembered reality from members of Loco7’s Sirovich Senior Center’s community of artists. This presentation is made up of twelve unique short toy theatre pieces that the participants created around the theme of nostalgia and love. When we search for the meaning of love we often reflect on the people who touched our lives; we learn from our parents, siblings, children, community, friends, life partners, mentors, national and religious views.
This is the first part in Loco7’s exploration of love told from the perspective of youth, seniors and middle aged artists. This intergenerational exploration will continue with various presentations, online and in person through December 2021. It will be an opportunity for broad sectors of the population to reflect upon their own values, and that of their family and global community through the power of love.
Studies in Puppet Form and Performance, conducted by Federico Restrepo, and in partnership with Sirovich Senior Center, introduced participants to the use of puppetry and storytelling. This creative process and development of work took place over a 3 month period through weekly online meetings.
Workshop Led and Directed by
Federico Restrepo with Denise Greber
Featuring works by: Piedad Dickinson, Nora Glikman, Maria Grande, Megan Haungs, Dolores La Guardia, Toby Levine, Jesse Marsh, Chuck Macdonald, Ruth Tobacco, Laura Anne Walker, and Margaret Yuen.
This program is supported in part with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ongoing Children’s Puppet Workshops
Loco7 continues to work with children ages 4+ on puppet and dance workshops with our collaborating organizations, La MaMa Kids, New Stage Performance Space, New York City Public School 19, Bank Street Head Start, and East Village Community School.