Sandglass’ New Visions series features ‘Branches’


PUTNEY -- Next up in Sandglass Theater’s New Visions Puppetry Series is Adelka Polak and her company SOVA with the world premiere of their new piece "Branches," presented at Sandglass Theater on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

"Branches" by SOVA Theater features puppetry and dance, where the human form meets object to create poetry in motion. Sculptural forms unite with live dance, sound and visual art in this beautifully woven world of the imagination. Combining fabrics, handmade masks, natural lines and the moving body, "Branches" creates larger-than-life landscapes, transforming as the visual poetic narrative unfolds with each new movement. Polak forms a strong collaborative team with visual artist Justin Perlman and sound artist Michael Pestel, who creates a live soundscape for the performance.

Polak is the founder and artistic director of SOVA Dance and Puppet Theater. She is a dancer, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has traveled to Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Turkey. Locally, Polak performed a short dance puppet piece titled "Born in Clay" at Puppets in Paradise in 2009. She also performed in the duo performance of "This World, the Next, and Then the Peach Orchard" at the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival in 2010. She has a B.A. in Theater and Cultural Studies with honors from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Penn., where she studied modern dance.

After that, the New Visions series presents "Beyond the Light" on Nov. 23 and 24. This elegant hybridization of dance, puppetry, shadow work, aerial acrobatics and lighting effects, set to the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus, unfolds an epic journey of a soul that is torn in two, seeking to reunite itself.

Sandglass Theater’s New Visions Series, curated by Jana Zeller, features the latest work by boundary-defying artists. These adventurous new works cross-pollinate between genres and disciplines, from dance to puppetry, circus to storytelling.

Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors. For reservations, call Sandglass Theater at 802-387-4051.


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