BABYLON – Presented with Portland Ovations

“That [Sandglass] can conjure so much history and soul out of a two-foot puppet is its own mystery.”

From Vermont’s renowned Sandglass Theater comes their latest work, Babylon, a Portland Ovations co-commission. A powerful and evocative work, Babylon tells the story of today’s refugees: their sense of home, their arduous journeys and the challenges of resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas known as crankies, Babylon weaves together the stories of people recently resettled from Syria, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Burundi. The blending of actual testimony with imagined figures gives a personal glimpse into this global crisis.

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Portland Ovations is a Maine-based, not-for-profit performing arts organization curating seasons of innovative performances and masterful artists from classical music, dance, theater, global influences and Broadway. Transcending the boundaries of the stage, we connect artists to our community through Ovations Offstage, our season-long educational and outreach programs. Now in our 87th year, our ever-evolving commitment to uniting our community to the experience of live performance leaves a lasting impression on audiences and inspires the next generation of arts makers and aficionados.


Sandglass Theater is an internationally known theater company specializing in combining puppets with music, actors and visual imagery. Since 1982, the company’s productions have toured 24 countries, performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions and winning numerous international prizes.

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