Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for their 19th annual puppet pageant of unlikely proportions. Mask and dance, shadow puppetry and stilt walking unite as cardboard comes to life and paper-mache’ flies to the music of the band.
This year’s show, "In the Heart of the Fire" explores the paradoxical gift of fire. We ask, “What makes us who we are? Is it our cleverness, the machines we forge and the towers we build? Or is it the stories we share and the fire in our hearts?” We tell tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators and how we came to be human.
Paperhand's yearly spectacle tells stories of the human heart, illuminates and incorporates myths from around the world, and inspires young and old alike. Our shows have become a tradition for thousands across the Triangle and Triad and, we hope, they help to nurture connection within our community and the Earth itself. We try to present an alternative to the discouraging news of the day while striving to make our world a better place for all. We can't do it without you! Please consider granting us the means to continue our work. Thank you!
The support we receive from crowdfunding has become an invaluable resource that brings our shows to life each year. Your donation helps us cover the cost of: rent, renting the performance space, paying a stipend to our hard working interns, musicians, and puppeteers, and supplying the basic materials like cloth, wood and pvc needed to build the puppets for the show while helping us maintain our policy to never turn away an audience member for lack of funds for all of our shows at the Forest Theatre. Our past successful Kickstarter campaigns have allowed us to continue to grow the work that we do in ways we didn’t know were possible. Thanks for that!
In the past seven years this is what your donations have helped us create:
Of Wings and Feet (2017)- 298 donors helped us raise $19,041
The Beautiful Beast (2016)- 187 donors helped us raise $11,823
A Drop in the Bucket (2015)- 176 donors helped us raise $12,806
The Painted Bird (2014)- 172 backers pledged $11,298
Invisible Earth (2013)- 161 backers pledged $8,373
City of Frogs (2012)- 127 backers pledged $7,455
The Serpent’s Egg (2011)- 91 backers pledged $7,703
Now let's keep going! This year we need to replace our seriously outdated lighting equipment for the Forest Theatre and make some other structural upgrades that are long overdue in order to keep the show going. Simply put, we can’t do it without your help!
Mark your calendars and don’t miss our 19th annual summer show!
Forest Theatre 123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Aug 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, Aug 31- Sept 2. Labor Day: Sept 3. AND Sept 14-16, and 21-23. Matinees Sun: Sept 2, Sept 16, and Sept 23.
North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Sept 7, 8, and 9.
If the warm fuzzies from knowing that you helped bring Paperhand’s unique brand of art and performance into the world isn’t enough, in exchange for your donation we have a bundle of amazing rewards!
Donate now to get this year’s limited edition postcards, a Paperhand sticker, free admission to the summer show, a limited edition Paperhand plate, DVDs, T-shirts, an invitation to a special cast party, one of a kind shadow puppets, a beautifully painted cardboard flat, your very own large scale Paperhand mask, and even a special Paperhand appearance at YOUR event!!
Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy. We will also synthesize many art forms including, but never limited to, sculpting, painting, dance, music, improvisation, costume design, set design and theater.
We will use this puppetry, performance and creativity to undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear and promote justice, equality and peace. We are comprised of artists and volunteers who share their energy, creativity, sweat, smarts, strength, support and hold a belief in our vision and promote our mission.
Community is the lifeblood of Paperhand. It makes our creations, our performances and Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s existence possible. We appreciate your donations small or large and thank you greatly for your support! Please also support our project by helping us spread the word about the campaign and our upcoming performances!
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge with past campaigns has been ensuring that all our supporters get their rewards. We have offered the option of receiving rewards in the mail or picking them up at the door which has caused some confusion and miscommunication in the past that has resulted in some donors falling through the cracks. The past two years we've found increased success by mailing out ALL of the rewards and hope to continue improving the system until we get rewards to 100% of donors. You can help us reach this goal! In July we will send out your reward survey asking for your delivery information. Please take the time to fill that out so we can make sure every supporter gets their rewards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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