A paper Dot moving through space from the oko


DOT is a puppetry story of an ever-evolving spec through the molecular to the galactic. A surrealist and wordless-tale that inhabits all levels of micro and mega objects, throughout 2D and 3D worlds – told with manipulated liquids, holes, geometric shapes, reflections, shadow, sticks, bags and wind. It is an experience that encapsulates the vast shades within our shared humanity, from our delightfulness to cantankerous, viewed from the distance of the stars.

Everything and Anything is either only an Explosion or a Collapse
Yet everything at large remains unchangeable
And yet still completely unpredictable

What Is the Inspiration For Your Piece?

(The seed of inspiration)

I wanted to create a performance that moved away from ‘human based’ forms and that was much more interpretive, even better if different people viewed different segments in multiple ways. I wanted to resurge a rise of surrealist meaning and storytelling by using shapes and items not meant to be ‘good’ or ‘bad
Beyond all that, many parts of this show are inspired off my own life threatening experience with cancer and I wanted to share the worst and the best of what it means to live.

Approximate or Estimated Duration: 

60 Minutes

Warnings or Content Advisories

N/A – Sudden Destruction?! Don’t get too attached to the puppets.

Artist Credits

Ensemble – Kit Benz, Evan Medd, Michael Rolfe

Maker / Creator – Elaine Weryshko

Stage Manager – AJ Musters

Sound – Rebecca Reid & Ryan Bourne

Lighting Design – AJ Musters

Consultant – Nikki Emerson


*Produced in collaboration with the Festival of Animated Objects


Special Thanks:

Peter Balkwill, Xstine Cook, Nikki Loach, Sarah Beth, Mike Corbiell, The Old Trouts, The Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry,

Production History:

Festival Of Animated Objects 2022: Workshop Showing 

Festival Of Animated Objects 2023: Premier

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