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Grand Opening of "Immaterial Remains" & "Army Ants and their Guest"

Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Storrs Campus
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Downtown Storrs

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present the grand opening of its new exhibitions "Army Ants and their Guests: Works Inspired by the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Collection" and "Immaterial Remains: Can You Preserve a Shadow?" on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. followed by a free tour of the new exhibitions, a performative lecture by curator Annie Rollins, and performances of AntU toy theaters at 7 p.m. All events will take place at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

In collaboration with the AntU project through UConn’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the Ballard Institute presents "Army Ants and their Guests: Works Inspired by the Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer Collection" to celebrate the Rettenmeyer army ant collection. AntU is a UConn endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated “guests". The idea was borne out of an award from the National Science Foundation to preserve and curate the Carl W. and Marian E. Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection. "Army Ants and their Guests" will feature ant and insect puppets from Rufus and Margo Rose’s Ant and the Grasshopper, and toy theaters created during a two-day community workshop inspired by the AntU project, as well as an array of specially commissioned new works by puppeteers from around the world, including Sirikarn Bunjongtad, Sarah Frechette, Honey Goodenough, Dirk Joseph, Stephen Kaplin, Monica Leo, Tarish Pipkins, Poncili Creacion, and Miss Pussycat. This project was made possible through an award from the National Science Foundation. Groups that created toy theaters will be invited to perform them during the opening reception. To learn more about the AntU project, visit https://mnh.uconn.edu/antu/.

The Ballard Institute will also present "Immaterial Remains: Can You Preserve a Shadow?", curated by researcher, theater artist, and practitioner of Chinese shadow puppetry Dr. Annie Rollins. As the practice of Chinese shadow puppetry navigates survival in situ, the traditional shadow puppets are dying by the thousands: neglected to ruin, strung up, misunderstood or framed in permanent silence in the name of “preservation”. Soon, these static shadow bodies will be the only traces of the living form that remain. Immaterial Remains captures the vision of a ghostly Chinese shadow puppet future with ethnographic documentation, artifact exhibition, video projection, and creative explorations of shadow preservation. The exhibit opening will feature a live performance/lecture by Annie Rollins.

Annie Rollins is a researcher, theatre artist, and practitioner of Chinese shadow puppetry, studying as a traditional apprentice

Contact:

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, bimp@uconn.edu, 860-486-8580

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (primary), School of Fine Arts, UConn Master Calendar

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