IMMERSIVE THEATER AND PAGEANTRY
MURMURATIONS is a collective puppetry performance of oceanic proportions in public space, a puppet poem of city and sea. Responding to the impacts of climate change and plastic pollution on the ocean, giant puppets crafted of plastic trash removed from New York City waterways and beaches transform public space into a seascape of androgenous oysters, stunning sturgeon and captivating cetaceans.
The performance is composed of two movements. In the first movement where humans of all ages are invited to learn the puppetry art of plastic bottle fish murmuration. In the second movement these puppeteers are invited to participate in a meditative pageant of giant puppets inspired by the biodiversity of New York Harbor. Sounds of bells, drums, and horns mimic the sonic biodiversity of the undersea world. Slow moving, and transfixing, MURMURATIONS is acacophonous confluence of oceanic wonder and human impact.
Murmurations was supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and premiered in the summer of 2022 as the opening of the River to River Festival. Versions of this performance have been created for Greenpeace USA (The Global Oceans Treaty Rally) and at the Irish Arts Center .
The Coronanaut Space Flight is an immersive theater performance and workshop for young audiences, produced by Gregory Corbino in collaboration with the Queens Museum and Queens Library.
Young audiences embark on a space journey to the moon and back, outfitting themselves with a cardboard space helmet of their own design. Giant puppets, enormous mobile sculpture and dancing flight attendants guide their way.
The first Coronanaut Space Flight occurred as part of the Science Fiction Festival hosted by the Queens Public Library and the Queens Museum in Corona Plaza, Queens, May 2019.