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BareBones News

Halloween Co-Directors Named

BareBones is excited to introduce our co-directors for the 25th Annual Halloween Show:

Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey

This team of dedicated artists come from rich, multi-disciplinary backgrounds with community focus.

Tara Fahey is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on puppetry, textiles, screen printing, and lantern-making. Since 2005, she has choreographed, designed costumes, directed, and performed with Chicks on Sticks. Her recent work includes co-creating the Monarch Migration Shanty and a current installation by the Illuminated Reef Collective. Tara’s lineage is a multi rooted tree from Ireland, Norway, Czechoslovakia and France.

Malia Araki Burkhart is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, producer and director, songwriter/musician, visual artist Somatic Massage Therapist, community artist, arts educator and mother. She is based in Minneapolis and has created art locally and internationally. “Art is necessary for the growth and sustenance of the human spirit. I dedicate my life to saying YES to creative urges and healing creative wounds.”

Venus de Mars, Music Director for 25th Annual Halloween Show

Venus de Mars

BareBones Puppets is excited to announce that Venus de Mars will again take on the role of Music Director for the 25th Annual Halloween Show.

Venus de Mars, leader of the glam-punk/trans-band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, is a recipient of both the McKnight-Multidisciplinary-Artist and the Bush-Artist-Support fellowships, a core artist from the 1980’s Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, and along with her wife, the subject of rock-doc Venus of Mars [2004] Venus has also been the music director for Barebones Puppets Halloween Extravaganza during their 2015, ’16, and ’17 productions.

Call for Build Space

silkscreening at BareBones

BareBones Productions is looking for warehouse space (or other open space), for the build of our 25th BareBones Puppets Halloween Show. Needed September – November 2018. Our preferred location is South Minneapolis. Requirements for the build space are:

  • 3000 – 6000 square feet.
  • Available 24/7
  • Heated
  • Bathrooms
  • Water
  • Accessible
  • Environmentally safe
  • Double door with no bar or garage door (our puppets are big!

Our budget is $4,000. – $5,000. including utilities for the three month period.

Please contact:

The Artist's Bones

Videos from Croak, the 2017 Halloween Show by Daniel Polsfuss

Arwen & Jac Co-Directors
Stilting with Sarah Chapman
Starri-Altar to the Dead
Queen Serena Black-Staff Artist