2024 Festival Archive: Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins: The Hip Hopera of 5P1N0K10

January 19-21, 2024

ETA Creative Arts Foundation

Presented by ETA Creative Arts Foundation and Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival


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Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Saturday, January 20th 2024, Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins was a speaker at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 1 – Mechanisms.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards, and held online through Howlround.

Panel 1 – Mechanisms explores the question: How do mechanisms, both digital and mechanical, ingenious and simple work to animate the material characters and performance?

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January 19-21, 2024
eta Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S. South Chicago Ave.

Set in an Afro-futuristic post-apocalyptic realm, The Hip Hopera of SP1N0K10 (pronounced “Spin-o-kio”) is a science fiction tale about an android who wants to be a real B-Boy. It’s co-written by Pierce Freelon and Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, and performed with Tarish’s two sons, Divine and Tarin. Featuring an original score by hip-hop producer Hir-O, video, and emceeing, Jeghetto’s magical plywood marionettes share his “artivism” as the title character encounters racism, oppression and police brutality on their path toward a better future.

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