Pneumatica is an event about air, made of air and powered by air. The Squonkers pump up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience.
Figures and tentacles grow, powered by blowers and vortex fans, and culminate in the 40-foot high Lady Pneumatica who incorporates a wind turbine on her head. She blossoms with sails, breathing steam and raising her inflated arms to the sky. Squonk’s music incorporates the swoops and eddies of air with electronic bagpipes and a vertical accordion that is Lady Pneumatica’s lungs, played like a piano while it rises and falls with her breath. Playing with visual puns, air is used to activate costumes – Squonkers inflate like blowfish and musically activate headtubes with wild guitar and bass riffs.
With the creation of Pneumatica, the Squonkers continue to pursue the most American and democratic of art forms: the public celebration, with boisterous music and surreal image. Squonk taunts and whispers, bellows and caresses, using the very medium of sound: air.
Created in 2014.
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“VISUAL PUNS, WACKY COSTUMES, ELECTRONIC BAGPIPES AND GENERAL SURREAL MERRIMENT” – PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER
“AN ECCENTRIC SHOW THAT ITS AUDIENCE WON’T SOON FORGET” – THE ROANOKE TIMES
“FUSION OF FUNKY INFLATABLES, ZEBRA-STRIPED BAGPIPES AND ROCKING GUITARS” – CHAMPAIGN-URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
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University of Tennessee
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL
Flint Hills International Children’s Festival
Ordway – St. Paul, MN
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Kimmel Center – Philadelphia, PA
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival 2016
Fort Worth, TX
Artsplosion! at the Center
CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center – Wilmington, NC
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
Wake Forest, NC
Pawley’s Island Festival of Music and Art
The Guitar Festival at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Arts Festival Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK
Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
Hancher Auditorium at University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
Arts on the Allegheny
Providence International Arts Festival
Midland Theatre – Newark, OH
Calgary International Children’s Festival
Calgary, AB Canada
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival 2015
Fort Worth, TX
Braddock Redux Community Day
Wheeling Arts Fest
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Photos by John Altdorfer and Emily O'Donnell
For downloadable publicity photos, contact Jackie Dempsey
The Artistic Directors
Steve O’Hearn & Jackie Dempsey
Keyboards & Accordion
Drums & Electronics
Electronic Bagpipes & Flute
Jackie Dempsey with the Squonkers
Design & Staging
Graphic Design &
Contributing Visual Artist
Venise St. Pierre
Painting & Sculpting
Assistant Live Sound
Video Editor & Camera Person
2nd Camera Person
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.