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Description

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.


Photos

Photos by John Altdorfer (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12,15, 16, 17, 20) and Emily O’Donnell (4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19)


Reviews

“Squonk Opera rocked it out while harnessing ingenuity and air” – Dramatics Magazine

“Incorporating elements of street theater, pop-up art installation and solstice celebration” – Tribune Review

“Visual puns, wacky costumes, electronic bagpipes and general surreal merriment” – City Paper

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Upcoming Dates

April 9-12, 2015
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
Fort Worth, TX

May 20-23, 2015
Calgary International Children’s Festival
Calgary, AB Canada


Artists

The Artistic Directors
Steve O’Hearn & Jackie Dempsey

The Band

Keyboards & Accordion
Jackie Dempsey

Drums & Electronics
Kevin Kornicki

Electronic Bagpipes & Flute
Steve O’Hearn

Electric Guitar
David Wallace

Bass
Nathan Wilson

The Team

Music
Jackie Dempsey with the Squonkers

Design & Staging
Steve O’Hearn

Technical Direction
Todd Nonn

Graphic Design &
Contributing Visual Artist

David Wallace

Mechanical Systems
Keny Marshall

Textile Systems
Venise St. Pierre

Fabrication
Scott Conklin

Painting & Sculpting
Chris Letzelter

Props
Britton Mauk

Costume Design
Paula Ries

Movement Consultation
Beth Corning

Carpenter
Daniel Callery

Project Assistant
Heidi Nagle

Sound Design
Kevin Kornicki

Live Sound
George Powell

Assistant Live Sound
Sean Sullivan

Video Editor & Camera Person
Charles Debold

2nd Camera Person
Zac Cageao

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.


Tech

This show can be set up within a 40’ x 40’ x 40’, on paving or grass, and has self-contained technical systems and run crew. All scenery, sound, blowers, inflatables, run crew and musical instruments provided by the touring company. There will also be a front of house roofless sound/interactive station that will be about 30’-50’ in the house, on center.

A 26’ box truck needs to get to the site for set-up and strike, and needs secure offsite parking. If offsite, we would need a storage area or pod of some sort to store our equipment overnight or in the event of rain. Onsite security is also needed. We require 4 double rooms and 1 single at a local hotel for 10 performers and technical staff. Set up and strike requires 3 hours with a couple of on-site volunteers for an hour.

Power Needs: 12 @ 20 amp 120v, separately breakered circuits, at the site of the set. These will all be loaded to at least 2000w each. If power is not onsite, please provide a whisper-quiet generator that will be located about 25’ upstage of the set. The show must be modified if less power is available. We use biodegradable confetti in the finale that dissolves in moisture.


Touring History

Schenley Plaza … Pittsburgh, PA
Harvest Festival … Waynesburg, PA
Braddock Redux Community Day … Braddock, PA
Bottleworks … Johnstown, PA
Wheeling Arts Fest … Wheeling, WV
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival … Pittsburgh, PA


Kickstarter Contributors

A big Squonk Thank You to the following people who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign and helped to make Pneumatica a reality! And thank you to Nara Garber for the amazing video! We hope you all get a chance to see one of the shows!

Aaron
Donald Ammon
James & Patty Antenucci
Dan Baselj
David Bennett
Don Bertschman
Elizabeth Blum
Sierra Brandegee
Mary Brenholts
Zac Cageao
Diana Cherryholmes
Michael Connor
Michael Cuccaro
Bub Darnall
Carolelinda Dickey
Matthew DiGiacomo
Kirsten Donny
Elizabeth Donohoe
Sara Durkacs
Susan Englert
Jeremiah Fitzwinkle
Ralph Flaugher Jr
Carl Goldman
Jean Grace
Gregory G. Granger
Shannon Light Hadley
J Gavin Heck
Adrienne Heinrich
Ron Heller
Charlie Humphrey
Amy Hurst
Donna Isaac
Brian Jose
Andrew Kaiser
Michelle Kirkpatrick
Geeta Kothari
Christopher Letzelter
Amy Kara Lewis
Stephanie Lonsinger
Tom Maguire
Kristie Kovacyk & Lee Mason
David & Heidi Matthews
Anne McDuffie
Helen McDuffie
Keith McDuffie
Bob McGrogan
Sean McLaughlin
Susan McLaughlin
Rachel Sica Meyer
Rachel Myers
Robert O’Hearn & Theresa Provenzo
Josh Obusek
Norman Papernick
Cynthia L. Pennington
Irina Peris
Tom Petzinger
Gregg Purinton
Babeth Raible
Catherine Raphael
Peter Renfro
Tim Roolf
Edmond Rosen
Caroline Savage
Albert William Schenck
Camille Schmoeker
Monika Schwartz
Rick Sebak
Janice Serra
Kirk Shadel
Jay Silberblatt
Justin Simons
Nancy Simpronio
Sarah Siplak
Batyah Spiker
Bob & Jane Steineck
Brian Strazisar
Ron Thorpe
David E. Vachon
Jane Vranish
Nuiko Wadden
Susan Wallace
Michael Wasco
Mike Weis
Ronald W. Wilson
Steve Dzurilla & Donna Wojnar

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