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Puppet Artist To Bring WWI Futurist's Work To Bard College's Fisher Center

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College Photo Credit: Facebook

DUTCHES COUNTY, N.Y. – The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is to offer “Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed,” a performance based on four plays written at the height of World War I by Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero.

The show, a “puppet noir” from award-winning puppet artist Dan Hurlin, is “hallucinogenic, fast-paced, and shot through with dark humor,” according to a statement from the Fisher Center.

The show aims to celebrate “the energy and possibility of technology, while revealing the chilling parallels" between WWI and today according to the statement.

Hurlin, a Hudson Valley artist, discovered Depero’s works during his Rome Prize Fellowship in Italy, according to the statement, which added that Hurlin's performance marks the first time the Depero works have been translated, published and performed in English.

Combining a live score by Dan Moses Schreier with the latest technology and centuries-old bunraku-style puppetry, the show is a “rapturous and wholly original wild ride,” according to the Fisher Center.

Tickets are available for performances throughout July. Special events include:

  • July 9 - Opening night reception for friends of the Fisher Center.
  • July 10 - Pre-performance talk at 1 p.m.
  • July 13 - Post-performance conversation
The Fisher Center is located at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. For more information on the show, including the show's schedule and ticket information, visit the Fisher Center online .

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