dumpster duels 2016

Dumpster Duels! July 30-31

Dumpster Duels returns to the Twin Cities at House of Balls for another exciting dumpster-off.

Three all-star teams of puppeteers and trash conniseurs will complete this year; each creating amazing puppets shows in record time using only garbage. Rain or shine, Dumpster Duels 2016 will kick-off on Saturday, July 30 at Noon and run for an astonishing thirty hours while teams create characters, stories, and puppets from garbage. The competition culminates with performances beginning on Sunday, July 31st at 6pm. You are invited to come at any point in the process to watch the transformation of trash into wild and raucous puppet shows. Audience applause, along with heckling, bribery, and completely arbitrary rules will decide the winner. Proceeds from the suggested donation of $10-$20 at the door will go toward the BareBones Puppets Annual Halloween Extravaganza. Special thanks to our esteemed sponsor, Vern's Dumpsters. House of Balls is located at 1504 S 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Barebones Halloween 2016

We are excited to announce the dates of this years BareBones Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza.

The 2016 performance dates are October 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.

Get Involved! Hire a Puppet!

BareBones Puppets is seeking experienced candidates to actively participate in our 2016 Hiring Committee, which oversees the selection of the artists and production staff for the current year's Halloween show. The ideal candidate is both naturally collaborative and independently driven. They are well connected and devoted to continuing BareBones' mission of bringing art into community and community into art. BareBones is especially interested in individuals with experience in one or more of the following arts/arts management areas: finance, production, communications, marketing, directing, and/or performing. This is a critical volunteer position to the continued success of BareBones.

The Hiring Committee rolls up their sleeves in July and works diligently until the show is fully staffed. Please send your letter of interest to puppets@barebonespuppets.org with the subject line of: I WANNA HIRE A PUPPET! (YOUR NAME HERE)


Did you know that it takes more people to put on our Halloween show than there are bones in a human skeleton. Whether your specialty is acting, singing, puppet building, playing music, or feeding the masses, check back in June for details on the many ways to get involved with this years show.

Make sure you have signed up for our mailing list and joined our new Facebook page so that you don't miss our Call for Artists.

-scottie hall and Jan Elftmann · Co-Chairs BareBones Board of Directors

Barebones Halloween 2015

Thank You! We came together to grieve, to collaborate, to create and to grapple with what lies heavy in our hearts. This year has felt heavy with the passing of too many, too soon, too young. We sought to hold a space for our beloved now gone as well as the unknown dead.

We sang, we danced, we played, we blended, built, focused. We combined many different visions and voices together to create something far larger than any one of us could express alone.

It is a great honor to work amid this supportive, creative BareBones community. Infinite thanks to the Mississippi River Valley and all ye wild creators who make this show a ritual, extravaganza and labor of love. Read more about the show... 

BareBones Halloween 2015: We all Fall Down

BareBones 2015 art by Amy Taylor