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.
We 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!
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
Dan Ballard with a gator puppet
Lynn Polke of the Repurpose Project, Rachel Wayne & Dan Ballard of DolphinWizard Co
It’s been an exciting week at DolphinWizard Co. This week our DBA announcement ran, and we are also officially registered at sunbiz.org as DolphinWizard Puppetry and Toys. Now we’ll be ready for the downtown farmer’s market (our cycle begins in two weeks), and our business arrangements with you will be streamlined.
Also, our puppetmaster Dan was featured in the Gainesville Sun! Thank you Alexa Volland for the amazing coverage!
For Ballard, an eccentric personality with a handlebar mustache, nothing is off limits when it comes to his puppets. His characters, often socially provocative and politically incorrect, range from sexually active hamburgers and adorable pandas that poop frosting to Nazi spies running meth labs.
Edited to add photo.
We assisted in puppet construction and operation for this video, which just won the “Am I Awake?” contest by They Might Be Giants! Congratulations to director Jack Fields and our other puppetry friends in Orlando, FL!
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!
Dan works on the monster suit’s giant head
Deletra and Omion: puppets for Voyage Imaginaire
Dan instructs Gio.
See the Gainesville Sun preview here.
Check out the mini documentary on Vimeo, or below on YouTube.