KEENE, N.H. -- Sandglass Theater will perform "D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks," a deeply moving exploration of dementia, using puppetry, on Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. A post-show discussion and reception with the artists will follow. Tickets are $25 to $13 and $5 for KSC students. Call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit www.keene.edu/racbp.
"D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks" is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work features three puppeteers who portray the caregivers and five puppets who are the residents of a care facility. It includes an original score and animated video segments that attempt to illustrate the experience of a person with dementia. "D-Generation" takes audiences into a world that is both mysterious and all too familiar and heartbreaking for families that know it first-hand.
Sandglass Theater gathered stories from people with dementia during visits to care facilities including Holton Home in Brattleboro. People with dementia were guided through a collective story-making method called Timeslips, designed to explore the creative aspects of their brain without worrying about reason or logic. In conjunction with their performance, Sandglass actors will explain the Timeslips process with students in the KSC Nursing Program during Feb. 27 class.