Images from The Bread and Puppet Theater


Other than the Dixie band that accompanies them, the largely volunteer-run Bread and Puppet Theater is not really about the music – but we’re giving them a mention here on the site because of their talent at expressing political ideas through art. In this case the art involves not music, but puppet-making and theater performance.


We went to visit Bread and Puppet at their farm in Glover, Vermont recently and were inspired and awe-struck by their creativity and their dedication to educating people about human rights issues, social issues, environmental issues, and war, through grassroots techniques and by celebrating the idea of living simply. Bread and Puppet was started in the 60s by German immigrant, Peter Schumann, whose background was in dance, sculpture and music. Schumann continues to perform as part of the group, and is known to be an especially accomplished stilt walker.

For more information about this amazing group, visit their site and or check out this special report (complete with pictures) on the CBC program Ideas.



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