"The Weight of Air On A Body" is a contemporary puppet performance project illustrating the effects that invisible policies and practices like redlining and disinvestment in Detroit neighborhoods have had on physical space – for residents, for civil servants and on the city’s topography itself.
In 2019 the Detroit Zoo commissioned CMAP to work with their staff and create 4 new puppet works about specific animals in their care: Frogs, Polar Bears, Bats & Wolves.
A Garden of Illuminated History uses light and analog overhead projectors set along a tree-lined pathway to create a series of interactive displays examining assumptions about who is included in the tales we tell about local history.
A CMAP original family friendly, puppet performance, Wanda & Winky tells the story of the last two elephants at the Detroit Zoo. Adapted from the childrens book by Linda McLean.
As part of Dlectricity 2017, The Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow, an original CMAP production, uses light and analog overhead projectors to create a series of interactive display booths that pair the visual iconography of old-style amusement parks with Detroit-centric content.
Birds, rivers, city streets and tigers make up the landscape in this image-based show that helps us realize that you don't really know where you are until you step away for a minute. Developed from lyrics in songs played live by the Bangla School of Music and set against shadow puppet narratives.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI Working with museum staff, choreographed 40+ sleepwalkers as live elements of a museum-wide Mystery Tour.
Developed in collaboration with (and featuring interviews by): Sargent John Sarafinski, Lieutenant Cameron Pichan, Chief Steve Johnson and Firefighter Desmond Orr. Puppets designed by Seth Shaffer, with production by Seth Shaffer & Carrie Morris. Set design by Sarah Pearline, costumes by Rosie Sharp. A work in progress of this piece was presented in October 2014 at the PuppetLAB Series at PuppetART Theater.