Downtown Arts Festival 2014

We’re always happy to be giant birds for a good cause. This year at the annual Gainesville Downtown Arts Festival, that cause was free family entertainment with Rainbow Tiger Circus. Bird puppet by Lynn Polke, manatee puppet by our own Dan Ballard, operated by local performer Rachel Ray.

Did you see us? Leave a comment below! We love to hear from festival-goers.

See a video of Rainbow Tiger Circus’ work on YouTube.

DolphinWizard Co Represented in Local Business Fest

Labor DazeWe were proud to be included in the Repurpose Project‘s booth at Labor Daze Fest, an annual festival celebrating local businesses and independent artists in downtown Gainesville, again in the beautiful Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Since we use many recycled and repurposed materials, we were pleased to represent the level of extraordinary artwork that can emerge from “trash.”

We delighted many children with our handmade leash puppets of dragons, gators, and dinosaurs, and connected with several folks about our upcoming shows. Stay tuned!

Geek Out Asheville Puppetry Workshop

Dolphin Wizard Co will be featured at GeekOut Asheville, the pop culture convention, which has a strong puppetry track and an educational bent.

Check out Dan’s listing among the official guests; he’ll be teaching a workshop on how to create puppets from repurposed materials—as that’s what we do!

We’ll also be performing in the Puppet Slam, featuring a new piece written by Daniel T. Ballard with a new puppet constructed in 7 days (yes, really), with special music guest Rachel Wayne. Here’s a hint as to the topic.

DolphinWizard Toys at the Farmers’ Market [UPDATED]

We’ve applied to the Union Street Farmers’ Market (the weekly market in Bo Diddly Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville) to sell kaiju toys and small foam puppets of dragons, lizards, and, of course, gators. Get your kids some prehistoric fun while you get your family some fresh veggies. Once we’re approved Starting June 4, 2014, check us out every Wednesday!

Wrapped Up Voyage Imaginaire

Although we hoped to be able to build more large puppets for Gregg Jones’ show at Santa Fe College, we still enjoyed building puppets, teaching puppeteers, and documenting the process for Voyage Imaginaire, a multimedia show about bullying and self-empowerment.

Dan built two hand puppets and a large monster suit (which unfortunately was not used), and taught the student puppeteers the basic physical and vocal techniques they needed. Incorporating his kung fu training and knowledge of kinesiology, Dan guided them to become better puppeteers; their characters, the frogs Omion and Deletra, were reportedly the most delightful characters in the show!

See the Gainesville Sun preview here.

Check out the mini documentary on Vimeo, or below on YouTube.