Bread and Puppet to perform at Bennington Museum

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BENNINGTON — On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m., Bennington Museum presents Bread and Puppet Theater's Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis, a show that examines the current precariously diagonal condition — on the verge of collapse, yet always capable of uprising.

"The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up and forward striding ambition that manufactures history and warfare," said Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet's founder and director. "The diagonal results from the hurts that the verticals suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard to sustain in-between-life, neither up nor down."

Living in the modern world of Western civilizations, we are no strangers to verticality. From the architecture of our cities, to the "ladder(s) of success" we are asked to scale upward during our waking hours, postponing the horizontal pleasures to a time of sleep. Bread and Puppet's Diagonal Life presents the diagonal as a potent and promising opposition to the dominating verticality of our culture.

Puppeteers long ago realized that the most aesthetically radical movements for puppets are diagonals, because these movements cannot be sustained by human actors or dancers for more than a moment. Diagonal Life brings all the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality to life with song, dance, magic, mechanism, and stunning cardboard and paper mache puppets painted in Schumann's exuberant, slapdash expressionist style.

After the show, Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet's "Cheap Art" - books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press - will be for sale.

Held in the Ada Paresky Education Center, this free event is made possible by the support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane through the Music at the Museum series. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Go to breadandpuppet-bennmuse.eventbrite.com to reserve and print your ticket, or call 802-447-1571 ext. 203.

Bread and Puppet Theater

An internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick, its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper mach and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

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