The Pigeoning | Robin Frohardt

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Presented by OZ Arts Nashville at OZ Arts Nashville, Nashville TN

Feb 15 - 17
The Pigeoning | Robin Frohardt

Hailed by The New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning is a Bunraku-style puppetry theater production performed by five puppeteers with an original score.

In The Pigeoning, Frank is an office worker living in New York in the early 1980s who is obsessed with cleanliness and order. Plagued by pigeons in the park, Frank starts to believe they are plotting against him. A darkly comedic yet heartfelt adventure, The Pigeoning spins articulate puppetry, live music, video and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about obsessive compulsion and the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world.

Of The Pigeoning, Helen Shaw wrote in Time Out NY, “Frohardt and company have been finessing their piece for years, and the result is something extraordinarily integrated, burnished to a high gloss.”

Awarded the 2014 Arlyn Award for “Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre” and supported by the Henson Foundation, The Pigeoning premiered in October 2013 at as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s “Festival of Firsts.” It was developed in the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse and at the Dream Music Puppetry program at HERE in New York City, where it was presented for extended runs twice. The Pigeoning has been presented by the Detroit Institute for the Arts, College of St Benedict/St John’s University and Lafayette College, among other venues. It has been translated into Arabic, German, Greek and Turkish, and it was recently featured in Germany’s Puppet Star TV competition where it took second prize.

A Creative Capital Award recipient known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is an award-winning artist, puppet designer and director living in Brooklyn, New York. Frohardt has a knack for taking a simple premise to an elaborate realization. Her rich imagination, unique sense of humor and stunning technical craft come together to create work that defies the conventions of traditional storytelling. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the first artist-in-residence at Olson Kundig, a renowned design and architecture firm in Seattle.


$40/Adults; prices increases to $45 on Feb. 12
$25/Children 12 and under

Appropriate for ages 8+


Contact: (615) 350-7200

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Additional time info:

Post-show Q&A after the February 16 evening performance

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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