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PREVIEW: Walt Whitman, Puppets Invade Intermedia Arts

Do you like alliteration like Walt Whitman and puppets and poetry? Do you think that all of the above should be combined? If so, Intermedia Arts’ upcoming Ode to Walt Whitman might be what you’re looking for. This show by Bart Buch is billed as “an intimate puppet poem and cosmic dialogue between queer poets” and reflects on poetry by Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca. A 2009 incarnation of the show sold out houses in New York City; the current incarnation is paired with the Whitman Electric Visual Art Exhibition at Intermedia.

Here’s a look at the Ode‘s puppetry coming to life:


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Photo: "A Night With Walt Whitman"; with "Ode to Walt Whitman"; written & performed by BART BUCH and "Live Oak, With Moss" Written & Performed by BRIAN SELZNICK; presented by HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program; performance production photography: Wednesday, June 3, 2009; 7:00 PM at HERE Arts Center, NYC. Photograph: © 2009 Richard Termine PHOTO CREDIT - Richard Termine

All pictures courtesy of Intermedia Arts and Richard Termine. Ode to Walt Whitman was created and curated by Bart Buch, and features live music composed and performed by Martin Dosh. The show runs Thursday–Saturday at Intermedia Arts

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