Performance by Bart Buch
Make Believe Neighborhood
Make Believe Neighborhood celebrated Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place.
A puppet concert series pairing musicians and puppeteers to create new work together.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The performance featured vocal music and puppet vignettes, video projection, dance, photography, and stilting, weaving together text and themes from residents living in Phillips. Young Dance, Powderhorn Theatre Arts Group, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church made guest appearances.
Ode to Walt Whitman
Ode to Walt Whitman, a tender, silent puppet poem uncovers a dialogue between Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca.
Created in collaboration with D. Blake Love and Seth Eberle. Inspired by Dar William’s song of the same title, Mortal City uses puppets, music and imagery to create a poem of a city that feels, breathes, gives and takes.
kid enkidu, an epic puppet-poem-mashup, inspired by The Little Prince, The Epic of Gilgamesh and anime films of Miyazake, follows the journey of a mysterious kid hunting for a lost companion.
Performed in different developmental incarnations and served partially as development for another of Bart’s shows, kid enkidu. It was first developed, created and performed with 4th Graders at St. Anthony Park Elementary for a performance at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in 2010.
Peace Day Lantern Ceremony
In collaboration with Masanari Kawahara. This event commemorated the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to honor the people that perished in these bombings and in all wars.
Light the Winter Night
The inaugural Minneapolis Lantern Fest, in 2015. Participants built more than 800 lanterns at workshops and converged on Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis to Light the Winter Night!
How Flowers Changed the World
A silent toy theatre puppet show accompanied by classical and experimental guitar music that shows us cosmic and old-fashioned vignettes of a flower powered universe.
The Little Prince
In 2004, Bart developed a version of The Little Prince for In the Heart of the Beast’s Puppet and Mask Theatre’s New Works Cabaret, with Amy Ballestad as a main collaborator and other puppeteers Ramon Cordes, Jonah Dill-D’Ascoli, and Todd Andrews.
Artemis Hunts Winter’s Heart
Explores the mythology of the Greek goddess, Artemis through bunraku puppetry and large-scale projection of manipulated video and shadows.