D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care-facility). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.
D-Generation explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images, and their creative imaginations, yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner life of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects both the stigma and the acceptance, the despair and the joy, that is equally present and possible, in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members.
Directed by: Roberto Salomon
Performers: Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, and Kirk Murphy
Lighting Designer: Sabrina Hamilton
Puppets created by: Ines Zeller Bass, Coni Richards, and Jana Zeller
Music Composed by: Paul Dedell
Video created by: Michel Moyse
Special Thanks to: The Residents of Holton Home and Pine Heights Center