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Some Small Magic is an interview series with artists about their methods, their lives, and their philosophies, archiving the stories and practices that create the contemporary stage.

Aug 30, 2017

Vanessa Valliere - a Chicago-based performer with Manual Cinema and Mucca Pazza who toured with Tour de Fat, and now takes her puppet shows around the country - tells me about the pain of creating, swing dancing in Japan, finding one's place in the ensemble, and trying not to eat your puppets.


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Aug 16, 2017

Some context: After interviewing Bonnie Duncan (1.4) back in March, she suggested some other artists I should interview while I was in Boston. This is with Brendan Burns, one of Bonnie's collaborators, recorded at Brookline Music School. Talking points include taking a musical snapshot of a city's scene, confidence as...

Aug 2, 2017

Recorded at the 2017 Puppeteers of America National Festival in St. Paul, Yngvild Aspeli (the Artistic Director of Plexus Polaire) and I discuss collaboration, perfection in fragility, starting from the theme, and changing a show with every performance.


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