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Spotlight on the 'fragile meatbag': Live theatre body puppetry show coming to Vancouver parking lot

It's live. It's at a drive-in. It's the Epidermis Circus.

It's live. It's at a drive-in. It's the Epidermis Circus.

The single-performer show will feature veteran puppeteer Ingrid Hansen and a series of "intricate puppets" performing live in "3D Meat-Space” in a parking lot in Vancouver, with the performance projected onto a nearby screen for easier viewing by the parked audience.

"Promising body puppetry and bawdy animation, Epidermis Circus ​celebrates the fragile meatbag of the human form," says a press release from Pi Theatre.

While images will be projected onto the big screen, audio will be broadcast by an FM radio transmitter so people can stay warm and dry in their car, no matter the weather that arrives in late June.

"Tickets are priced per car, on a sliding scale of $25 (to $75), depending on number of bums in seats," states the theatre company's website.

Hansen is a professional puppeteer, with credits on a variety of shows including Apple TV's Helpsters and Miss Persona on TreehouseTV. She co-created Epidermis Circus with director Birtt Small of Atomic Vaudville in Victoria. They originally created it for Victoria's SNAFU theatre company and performed it there earlier this year.

The Vancouver performances will be at 10 p.m. on June 25 and 26 at 555 Great Northern Way, at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

It's not meant for kids "unless they have really cool parents," Hansen says in the release.


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