The Puppet Slam Network defines a Puppet Slam as, “the nexus of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art through the intersection of experimental theater, art, music, and dance as a viable alternative to the culturally homogenous digital mass media.” In other words, a puppet slam fit perfectly within the collection of art, film, food, and new media that we celebrated here at Indie Grits 2014. The Spork in Hand Puppet Slam was an adults only event, calling together puppeteers and artists from across the southeast to perform along side the Slam’s creators and Columbia’s very own, Belle et Bête, also known as Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda. They describe the program as, “gloriously gritty evenings of experimental short puppetry and object theatre performances…a celebration of Southern puppetry that is off-the-beaten-path.”
Drew Allison of Charlotte NC’s Grey Seal Puppets brought his hilarious puppetry skills to the 2014 puppet slam. Drew Allison and his team have been in the business of custom puppets and creative puppetry for over 30 years, with fresh story telling and top notch puppet construction always being first priority.
Allison presented ARIA, an opera singer who sings the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies, and Rumpelstiltskin Revisited which deals with post-fairytale animosity that bubbles to the surface. This year’s Puppet Slam House Band is Can’t Kids–a local music favorite here in Columbia, SC, which you can learn more about here!