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Created and Performed by Vanessa Valliere and John Gregorio
“Gut Feelings” is a story about two misfits who find each other in the belly of a beast. The characters find friendship through tough and unusual circumstance, an unintentional commentary on life during the pandemic. The 11-minute silent film was created in the duo’s Chicago apartment and features humanettes, where the actors’ faces appear as though they are attached to puppet bodies.
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About the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival advances the art of puppetry by presenting sophisticated programs vital to the cultural life of Chicago. Engaging and inspiring the largest and most diverse audiences for puppetry possible, the Festival is the biggest event dedicated to puppetry in North America and traditionally offers more than 100 activities annually including performances, workshops, artist instensives, free neighborhood events and symposia to audiences up to 14,000 over 11 days each January. The organization is also home to other key initiatives, including the Chicago Puppet Studio and Chicago Puppet Lab, that nurture the development of puppeteers and deepen the field locally, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal of promoting peace, equality, mutual understanding, and justice locally and globally.
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise to astonish and delight.