Cantastoria is a street theater form championed by Bread and Puppet that involves the performance of pictures through the use of song, movement, text, and puppetry. The word "canta-storia" comes from Italian (sung story), though the form has its roots in India circa 600 AD and has flourished in various guises all over Europe and Asia (from Japan (etoki & kamishibai) to Germany (bankelsang)) for the last 1,500 years. Bread and Puppet performs Cantastoria as an effective and entertaining tool for activist street performance and loves to share it widely and encourage people to experiment with its possibilities!
Over the course of two 90-minute workshops (11/9 @ 1:15 and 4:15 PM), Bread and Puppet's company will perform a B&P Cantastoria for the group, teach a few Bread and Puppet Cantastorias to the group, and then put these experiences toward making new Cantastorias in small groups. The workshop will end with performances of the newly created Cantastorias.
Participants are encouraged to bring some sound-making object: car keys, trumpet, paper bag, egg beater, etc.
Hayley and Adam have been working with the Bread and Puppet Theater for 10 and 20 years respectively. They are both involved in numerous other community and theater endeavors including Cafe Concret in Montreal, The Banners and Cranks Festival, and Crunchtown in New Orleans. As the Gravy Strugglers, they often perform their original work across the country and internationally. When not performing picture and puppet theater, Adam works as a carpenter, and Hayley is a baker. They live in Sheffield, Vermont
Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970’s.