Sand­glass’ “All Weather Bal­lads”

Ex­plore North County Life

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - St. Johns­bury, VT

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed theater artists Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass will present their new­est work, “All Weather Bal­lads” at 7:30pm, Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 5th at the St. Johns­bury School—as part of the King­dom County Presents se­ries.

“ All Weather Bal­lads” is a vis­ual theater per­for­mance in­cor­po­rat­ing pup­petry and orig­i­nal bal­lads by Bass with mu­sic by Keith Mur­phy. The five-song-cy­cle, in­ter­preted by Ver­mont mu­si­cian Nick Keil, por­trays the stages of life through our ru­ral North Coun­try ex­pe­ri­ence, when we are stuck in the mud, lost in the aroma of har­vest fruit, or re­flected in the frozen mem­brane of an icy lake. It is about a sense of place and those mo­ments when we look both for­ward and back­ward in time. “All Weather Bal­lads” is a per­for­mance of dry hu­mor and ironic poignancy which takes the au­di­ence through five scenes, each a metaphor­i­cal world, a state of be­ing.

The Courier in Geneva, Switzer­land calls “All Weather Bal­lads, “Stun­ning, hu­mor­ous, and ten­der.”

Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass be­gan Sand­glass Theater in 1982

with the pro­duc­tion of Sand, in Ger­many. It was a love story that told in im­ages and dreams and ex­pec­ta­tions what two in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent worlds car­ried into the be­gin­ning of their young re­la­tion­ship. With “All Weather Bal­lads,” Eric and Ines come full cir­cle, to cel­e­brate their long his­tory with each other and with Ver­mont, the place they have called home since 1986.

“All Weather Bal­lads” is best de­scribed as theater that uses pup­pets—in or­der to avoid the sug­ges­tion that it is a “pup­pet show” for chil­dren. The show has been de­vel­oped for an adult au­di­ence. Kids will surely en­joy the sets and pup­pets and mar­vel at Sand­glass’ artistry—but au­di­ences should not think that the show is pri­mar­ily di­rected at an au­di­ence of chil­dren un­der 12.

This show has been de­vel­oped with spe­cial sup­port from The Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts. The show is be­ing pre­sented by King­dom County Pro­duc­tions, work­ing in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cata­mount Arts. Tick­ets for the Fe­bru­ary 5th per­for­mance of “All Weather Bal­lads” are avail­able at Cata­mount Arts, St. Johns­bury or by call­ing 802-748-2600. Box­of­fice hours are 1pm to 6pm, Mon­day through Satur­day. Tick­ets are also avail­able on­line 24/7 at www.Cata­moun­tArts. org.

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