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Roman Paska + Rodolfo Llinas

A Dream on a String

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Dreams are directly related to the puppet work that Roman Paska creates. Famed neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás and the puppeteer explore the boundaries of illusion and perceptions of reality.
Presented in association with the Jim Henson Foundation
Roman Paska is a writer, director and puppeteer whose original productions, under two successive company names, Theatre for the Birds and Dead Puppet, include The End of the World, Dead Puppet Talk, Beethoven in Camera, and Schoolboy Play, which was commissioned by Linz ’09 European Capital of Culture and presented in 2010 at the National Theatre of Portugal. He directed August Strindberg’s Dreamplay with puppets for its centennial at the Stockholm Stadsteater, and for several years was director of the International Institute of Puppetry in France. His “magical-realist” documentary feature, Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, with John Turturro, premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2009.
Rodolfo Llinás is the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine. Llinás has written ten books and has published numerous papers in medicine and science. He has also chaired the NASA/Neurolab Science Working Group and has been recognized with honorary doctorates as well as numerous prizes and commendations.