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Bread and Puppet

Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis


OCTOBER 30, 2019 at 7:30PM

$10-25 suggested donation

STUDIO4, 25 Main St Northampton, MA


Vermont’s rabblerousing Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Northampton this October with Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis, which examines our current precariously diagonal condition –on the verge of collapse, yet always capable of uprising. 



 “The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up and forward striding ambition that manufactures history and warfare”, says Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet's founder and director. “The diagonal results from the hurts that the verticals suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard to sustain in-between-life, neither up nor down.” 


We inhabitants of Western modernity are no strangers to verticality, from the architecture of our cities, to the "ladder(s) of success" we're expected to scale, to the incessant wakefulness required of us, postponing the horizontal pleasures of sleep. Bread and Puppet's Diagonal Life presents the diagonal as a potent and promising opposition to the dominating verticality of our culture. 


Diagonal Life animates the humorous, tragic and bewildering possibilities of diagonality with song, dance, magic, mechanism, and stunning cardboard and paper maché puppets painted in Peter Schumann's exuberant, slapdash expressionist style.


After the show Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.


Admission by donation: $10-$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.