In the Works: Don’t Tell Me No

Don’t Tell Me No (working title) 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.

Conversations about assisted dying bring up controversial and emotionally fraught issues: morality, religion, politics, and faith. 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.

In September: Study in Puppet Form

Workshop: Study in Puppet Form


Sign up for Federico Restrepo’s Puppet Workshop
at Sirovich Center!

Every Thursday – September 7 – November 17, 2017
10am – Noon at the Multipurpose Room –
Free for Older Adults 60+
Please register in Main Office

About the workshop 
Studies in Shadow Puppet Form and Performance introduces you to the use of shadow puppetry and storytelling. You will make a shadow puppet and learn to manipulate them to tell a story. You will collaboratively develop a short shadow puppet piece, which you will perform for the public, here at Sirovich Center.

Sirovich Center for Balanced Living
331 East 12th street, NYC 10003
(bet 1st & 2nd Ave)

This program is supported in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  www.LMCC.net

In the works: A book of The Adventures of Seucy and Boto, epi 1

We have completed the first draft of  – The Adventures of Seucy and Boto, volume 1.  After working last year on four episodes of our children’s show Seucy and Boto Adventures for the Amazon Jungle, we decided to make a book version.  We were lucky to have received a residency on Governors Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space.  This 5 month residency allowed us to make all the illustrations and write the story.  We hope to find a publisher soon…keep you posted!

Coming Soon: Don Quixote Takes New York

Coming Soon: Don Quixote Takes New York

Spring 2018

With Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

Written by Miguel de Cervantes
Adapted by Beatriz Caballero & Ivan Cardozo
Co-Directed by Federico Restrepo & Denise Greber
Choreographed & Designed by Federico Restrepo

Don Quixote Takes New York is an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote.

Don Quixote Takes New York will be an intuitive voyage that transports the audience through Quixote’s emotions, from memories of his past home life, to when he moves out of his familiar surroundings and travels through the City, seeing the new perspective this unexplored world offers him. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza with travel the five boroughs of New York on a quest to save the world from evil forces and protect the children from monsters. We want to show the audience that no dream is too impossible to obtain and that with hope and heart you can conquer your fears.

Loco7 aims to cross cultural barriers and arouse a poignant response from the audience made up of children and families from various New York City neighborhoods. One of our objectives is to explore the deep feelings that all people go through as we journey the ups and downs of everyday life. In the reimagining of this classic text, with puppets, dance and music, we follow Quixote while he explores New York City in his quest for love, honor, liberty and justice for all.