Photo by Anthony Rathbun
Ten years ago Joel Orr of the Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater teamed up with a young Two Star Symphony to put together a unique musical puppet production based around Camille Saint-Saëns's Danse Macabre. The show was a hit, but just one of the many steps both artists have taken in their long, odd and excellent careers. Now they are finally bringing back one of the most legendary and popular creations for a new generation of Houston audiences.
"We ran into Joel a few months back and got to reminiscing on how well the show had done," said Two Star Symphony's Jerry Ochoa. "We were looking for a way to finish off our residency at 14 Pews, and he mentioned that he still had all the old puppets and sound cues in storage. We still hear from people today how much they loved it. I even had a girl who saw it when she was in high school tell me it was what made her pursue a performance career."
Danse Macabre: The Constant Companion is very typical of the work of both Orr and Two Star. It's a black comedy about death and isolation that Orr says holds up surprisingly a decade later It's a beautiful production that incorporates nearly every form of puppetry in existence, combined with the unique classical music that Ochoa and his mates produce.More »