Burlington County Crankie Festival
What are crankies you ask?
They are an old storytelling art form. Start with a long, illustrated scroll that is wound onto two spools. The spools are loaded into a box which has a viewing window. The scroll is then hand-cranked while the story is told, a song is sung, or a tune is played.
Alex and Olmsted
Alex and Olmsted, winner of 2 Jim Henson Foundation grants, is an internationally acclaimed puppet theater and filmmaking company based in Maryland, USA.
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Georgia Beatty is a songwriter and fiddler, focused on cycle, lineage, and healing through cultural transmission. Her study as a fiddler is in Norwegian traditional music. She's had the honor of performing and teaching at Dartmouth College, dusty punk clubs, the Zlante Uste Goldenfest, and elementary school classrooms.
Emily Schubert is a puppet maker, crankie and mixed media artist, based in Pittsburgh, PA. She will be performing with her partner in life and puppets, Ian Mansfield. Ian is a cider maker and all around apple enthusiast.
The Lantern Sisters
The Lantern SIsters, Katherine Fahey and Dan Van Allen, winner of MSAC and Bakers artist awards, have been making, performing, and teaching the crankies form for over 13 years. They are based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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Nicole Duprée is a natural materials artist, educator, and producer/host of the nature-based art and craft show, Indigo in Green (Saturdays @ 9AM on PhillyCAM).
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Ro Adler is a Philly-rooted educator, painter, puppet maker, and community artist. Their artistic inquiry ranges from large-scale protest puppets to quiet portraits. They believe that beauty is medicine, that the best art opens up space for feelings, and that making art in community helps forge new worlds.
Erik Ruin and Tara Middleton
Erik Ruin is a Michigan-raised, Philadelphia-based printmaker, shadow puppeteer, paper-cut artist, etc., who has been lauded by the New York Times for his "spell-binding cut-paper animations." His work oscillates between the poles of apocalyptic anxieties and utopian yearnings, with an emphasis on empathy, transcendence and obsessive detail. He frequently works collaboratively with musicians, theater performers, other artists and activist campaigns. He is a founding member of the international Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, and co-author of the book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012). Current projects include the Ominous Cloud Ensemble, an ever-evolving, collectively-improvising large ensemble for projections and music.
Tara Middleton stands as a beacon of musical achievement, boasting both Grammy and Pew Fellowship nominations. Her entrancing vocal prowess graces the ranks of Sun Ra Arkestra under the baton of Marshall Allen, while her leadership of Jupiter Blue showcases her violin virtuosity and lyrical finesse. Guided by luminaries like Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Patty Wackenhut, Tara seamlessly navigates diverse musical realms, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to avant-garde operatic expressions. Her collaborative tapestry includes Bowerbird's Arcana New Music Ensemble and the esteemed Philadelphia Jazz Project. Notably, her composition "Twelve Bells" for BalletX and lyrical contributions to the Grammy-nominated Sun Ra Arkestra's album "Swirling" underscore her profound artistry. Tara Middleton's journey remains an embodiment of musical excellence and innovation.
Maisie O’Brien (she/they) is a Philadelphia transplant from Dallas, TX and a Chinese-American adoptee. She has had the pleasure of presenting her original work with communities including Great Small Works, National Capital Puppetry Guild, Nasty Brutish & Short, Puppet Showplace Theater, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, The Baltimore Crankie Festival, Asian Arts Initiative, and Vox Populi Gallery, as well as developing shadows, puppets, sets, and costumes for collaborative projects with fellow storytellers in film, dance, music, and theater.
Maisie has studied puppetry in academic and immersive contexts with Bread & Puppet Theater, The University of Connecticut, The O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, and the Chicago International Puppetry Festival Workshops. As a second generation arts educator they also work to encourage local young voices via puppetry and narrative arts workshops, summer camps, and festivals. This year they look forward to developing their own puppetry workshops in shadow play, and coordinating partnerships with local groups rooted in liberation.