HOW BIG WE ARE. AND WHAT WE DO.
Hand to Hand is propelled by puppet hands the size of houses and music that blows the roof off. The Squonkers, dwarfed by the hands, climb a multi-tiered stage. Music rises from a single finger flicking an organ key, as natural an expression of humanity as a wave or a fist. Squonk's original progressive rock drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive, and comic. In this melee, the giant thumbs detach to become truly opposable and challenge each other with guitars. Audience members come together to grab the rigging, each individual powering a larger movement of giant fingers, a web of connections, a single dance. We want to encourage shared discovery, people face to face, festive, and making a community of the imagination. Hand to Hand.
Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C), Artscape (Baltimore, MD), Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (Pittsburgh, PA), Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center (Chicago, IL), FirstWorks (Providence, RI), and Discovery Green (Houston, TX).
Created in 2019.
July 19, 20, & 21, 2019
Presented in conjunction with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Saturday Night Market & Downtown Sound Music Series
Hand to Hand
August 3, 2019
Moraine Valley Fine & Performing Arts Center
Palos Hills, IL
August 20 & 21, 2019
Opening Festival for The REACH
September 15 & 16, 2019
Pitt Arts Fest
University of Pittsburgh
Shows at 12 & 3.30 pm
Outside the William Pitt Student Union
October 20, 2019
Photos by John Altdorfer, Sarah Doccolo, Emily O’Donnell, and David S. Rubin
For downloadable publicity photos, contact Jackie Dempsey
Basic Tech Info
Self-contained for staging, sound, & crew
Requiring approximately 50’ x 50’ footprint with 30’ overhead clearance, & access to power
Multiple half-hour shows & STEAM workshops are possible each day
Steve O’Hearn & Jackie Dempsey
Bagpipes & Wind Synth
Jackie Dempsey with the Squonkers
Stage Direction & Creative Consultation
Chris St. Pierre
Venise St. Pierre
Director of Photography / Producer
David S. Rubin
Sound Mixing & Mastering
Behind the Scenes Video
Steve and Jackie would like to acknowledge everyone involved in this production
for their creative contributions, especially the Squonk musicians for adding their
own individual flavor to the music, and the designers, builders, and technicians who
added detail and richness to the production.