The work of BareBones thrives on collaboration, participation, sharing, and inventive material re-use. By allowing the production of their work to follow organic pathways, the troupe of professional and amateur creators celebrates every talent brought to the table by community members. With open community story-boarding events, puppet builds, t-shirt printing, and performance practices, no one is turned away. Participants range from toddlers to 70 year old artists and each plays an important role in the outcome of the event. Indeed, BareBones prides themselves on the collaborative aspect of their work, one so collective and vast that the sole ownership of any project becomes impossible.
Each year, preparations begin with a community brainstorm. After a theme is chosen, community members are invited to work crafting puppets and practicing to participate in the performance. Involvement varies, with every production gathering over 250 participants ranging from musicians and professional performers to community participants, builders, technicians, volunteers, and organizers. In-line with the season, themes center around death and transition, yet there is also an orientation towards families and accessibility.
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