July 3  – 8, 2017

 

TELLING TALES WITH CRANKIES

with INES ZELLER BASS
Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater

A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become hot again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. Participants will build their own crankie and create their own story. If you love to express yourself in a beautiful and pure way without technical bells and whistles the crankie will be your best and loving friend.

For more information on the captivating world of crankies, we recommend you click here.

BabylonCrankie excerpt from Sandglass Theater on Vimeo.


About INES ZELLER BASS

Ines Zeller Bass has been performing with puppets since 1968, when she became a member of the Munich marionette theater, Kleines Speil, In 1978, she created her children’s hand puppet theater, Punschi, which has toured Europe and America.

In 1982, Ines co-founded Sandglass Theater with husband Eric Bass in Germany and moved the theater to Vermont in the mid-1980s. Ines is the Director of Sandglass Theater’s children’s programs, collaborates with Eric on all of the theater’s programming, works with local school children, and directs workshops and residencies for puppetry students.

She recently designed the puppets and set for Natal el Sabioa collaborative project with Teatro Luis Poma in El Salvador.  Ines is currently touring in the Sandglass production of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, a piece about people with dementia that had its first performances at the Ko Festival. She is a UNIMA citation winner and in 2010, received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.


WORKSHOP LOGISTICS & REGISTRATION

Workshops are geared for participants of all levels of experience, whose ages have run from 18-85. Workshops will meet from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, in Studio II of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA.

Driving Instructions to Amherst College

Amherst College campus map.

Workshops cost $399. For this workshop there is an additional materials fee of $20. There is a $50 discount for registration by May 1. NOTE: Contact us to apply for limited pool of partial financial aid, or for discounts for NET (Network of Ensemble Theaters) members.

Optional room and board are available on the Amherst College campus for an additional fee.  Workshop housing is $245, for a single with a shared bath in an Amherst College dorm. Studios, theatre, dining commons and dorms are all within walking distance. A meal ticket for the Dining Commons (tasty, healthy food – much of it local) is also $245. There are also many places to eat within walking distance in the center of town.

Email us, if you are interested in alternative housing. There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts in the area.

TO REGISTER IF PAYING BY CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL:
Click here to register and make your payment by credit card or PayPal.

TO REGISTER IF PAYING BY CHECK:
STEP 1: Click Workshop-Regstration-form-17  to download the registration form in MS-WORD.  Click Workshop-Regstration-form-17 to download it as a PDF. ALL WORKSHOP STUDENTS PAYING BY CHECK MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM either via email or by post.
STEP 2. Print out your registration form and make your deposit check out to Ko Theater Works. Mail them to The Ko Festival of Performance 498 South Gulf Road Belchertown, MA 01007
Questions? For further information email us or call (413) 427-6147.