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Grand Opening of "From Thought to Image"

Saturday, November 14, 2015
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute/UConn Co-op Bookstore, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will present the grand opening of "From Thought to Image: 30 Years of Sandglass Theater" on Saturday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs, Connecticut. The opening events will include two performances of Isidor’s Cheek by Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater, at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater.

This first-ever retrospective exhibition of work by the world-renowned Vermont-based puppet company co-directed by Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass features extraordinarily crafted puppets from ten different Sandglass productions dating from 1985 to the present. Including characters created by Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller, Dave Regan, Finn Campman, Matt Brooks and Coni Richards, the exhibition will trace Sandglass Theater's development from such dreamlike pieces as "Invitations to Heaven" (1990) and "The Village Child" (1992) to stories strongly rooted in the recognizable Vermont world, such as "Never Been Anywhere" (1997) and "All Weather Ballads" (2010); and the profound contemplations of modern life in shows based on "The Little Prince" ("Between Sand and Stars," 2005) and the life of renowned philosopher Walter Benjamin ("One Way Street," 2002). In all these productions, the persistent metaphorical nature of the puppets remains a constant and compelling element of the work. The exhibition will be on display through April 10, 2016.

In conjunction with the opening and as part of our Fall Puppet Performance Series, Ines Zeller Bass will perform the award-winning Sandglass classic "Isidor’s Cheek" on a revolving stage on November 14 at 1 and 3 p.m. Seating will be limited. Tickets will be sold in advance through the Connecticut Repertory Theatre Box Office located in the lobby of the Nafe Katter Theatre at 820 Bolton Rd, Storrs CT 06269. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (860) 486-2113, or online at A $3.00 surcharge will be added to purchases made online or by phone. Tickets may be purchased at the Ballard Institute on the day of performance.

As part of our Fall Puppet Forum Series, on Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Eric and Ines Zeller Bass will describe their creation process with multiple collaborators over the past thirty years of Sandglass Theater productions. Marking the trajectory of this famed Vermont puppet company, Eric and Ines will trace Sandglass' roots and thematic development on their path to becoming one of the most respected puppet theaters in the United States. This is a free event.


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, (860) 486-8580,

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