Wall , A Work-In-Progress in Residency
MASS MoCA invites you into the midst of Ulrike Quade’s
work-in-progress experimentation in combining puppetry, dance,
theater, live music, and visual art. The Wall is a series of
portraits of individuals living in a claustrophobic contemporary
space. The characters are the outline of a dream of the musician
Erik Sanko – they are the tools of his song, the puppets
of his mind.
About Ulrike Quade
Ulrike Quade is one of the Netherlands’ most outstanding
visual theater makers.
Her art is situated between traditional scenography and performance,
with visual art as her main inspiration. Over the years, her
puppets have become three-dimensional paintings that come to
life through time and design. Movement is the secret that helps
breathe life into the puppets. Using special scissors, Quade
cuts her puppets out of big pieces of foam rubber. This technique
enables each puppet to move in a distinguished way.
In 2004, Ulrike Quade received a grant to participate as the
first Dutch director in the annual Directors Lab at Lincoln
Center in New York. During this period she had the opportunity
to define her vision of scenography and theater to Laurie Cearley,
curator of MASS MoCA. As a result of their talks and a visit
to MASS MoCA, she was invited for a residency.
Concept and puppets: Ulrike Quade
Concept stage design: Michiel Voet
Music: Erik Sanko
Performance: Silke Hundertmark, Andrew Morrish, Ulrike Quade
Props: Jessica Grindstaff
Costumes: Zita Winnubst
Ricki’s Dream is a co-production of Stichting Bewegingsalarm
and MASS MoCA.
De Volkskrant, The Netherlands:
"This theatre maker has trained her puppeteering skills
to the extent that the puppet does not hide the puppeteer or
merely tolerates her alongside of it, but actually becomes an
extension of her."