The Huber Marionettes, well known for their integral role in the film Being John Malkovich, will perform in Santa Monica as part of Stringfest, a series of performances dedicated to the intricate art of puppetry.
Suspended Animation, a 90-minute multimedia puppet performance exclusively starring Huber Marionette characters, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, August 12th to 14th; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th, at the Santa Monica Puppetry Center, 1255 Second St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $35.
Puppeteer Phillip Huber, along with partner David Alexander, began to create, orchestrate and choreograph the Huber Marionettes in 1980.
Huber’s lifelong interest in puppets began with hand puppet gifts he received from his mother when he was a small child growing up in Illinois.
By the time he reached college, he became known as the “puppet man” on campus, designing giant rod puppets for a production of The Tempest and designing, building and directing a marionette version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Within days of his college graduation, he was offered a job with one of puppetry’s premier producers, Tony Urbano & Company. One of his most memorable moments was getting to perform with one of his heroes, Jim Henson and The Muppets.
David Alexander was a dancer in musicals when he came across Huber at a dinner theater where both men were performing. Alexander says he was intrigued by the “unique theatrical art form” of puppetry. He soon began to work for Tony Urbano & Company and eventually co-founded the Huber Marionettes.
The Huber Marionettes were asked to create and coordinate the puppetry for the Spike Jonze film Being John Malkovich in 1998, which starred Malkovich, John Cusack and Cameron Diaz.
In the film, a puppeteer takes control of actor John Malkovich’s brain and programs him to develop an obsession with puppetry.
Stringfest will also feature a performance by the Team America puppets on Saturday, August 20th.
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