Inspired by natural history dioramas and sleep paralysis, this dance installation piece awakens mythical beasts from our nightmares in an exploration of the mind-body connection. Could our dreams actually kill us?
April at Dawn, Near Alta, Norway is in further development after a seed performance at On the Boards' 2016 NW New Works Festival.
Created by Kyle Loven in collaboration with | Sound Design: Paurl Walsh | Costume Design: Erik Andor | Lighting Design: Robert J. Aguilar | Performed by Kyle Loven with Amy Escobar
Inspired by conspiracy theories and ham radio broadcasts, Retraces follows a skeptical man who works to decode the everyday conspiracies happening around him. Through a combination of projected miniature replicas, live sound, and scenic puppeteering, multiple performers construct his small town environments around him.
As the conspiracy unfolds, three manifestations of the man cross paths and overlap in a race to connect the dots. This dark piece blends theater, dance, puppetry, and sound to explore how we as humans and as audience members process information to arrive at our personal beliefs.
Conceived and Directed by Kyle Loven Created in Collaboration with | Associate Director: Antoinette Bianco | Live Music: Paurl Walsh | Lighting Design: Amiya Brown | Choreography: Ezra Dickinson | Video Design: Leo Mayberry | Costume Design: Pete Rush | Performed by Ezra Dickinson, Zane Exactly, John Leith, Paurl Walsh, Kaitlin Ziehr
Photography: Tim Summers
Me Love BINGO!
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Part variety hour, part game night, part Pee Wee's Playhouse. Me Love BINGO! takes the ol' timey game of luck and amps it up to 11 with a different theme each time. Guest performances, undercover storytelling and a ton of gold sequin fabric await you and your friends.
Join your costume-clad host, Kyle Loven, and guest assistants from your community for a campy night of games, wacky prizes, sweet tunes, and lots of surprises. With a new theme each time, where will Me Love BINGO! take you?
Recent host venues include Theatre Replacement at Russian Hall, On the Boards, and Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour at Seattle Center. Available for audiences of 50-100+.
Here's what recent contestants are saying about Me Love BINGO!: "Thanks for the emotional rollercoaster."-Blackout Round Winner and Mother of 2
"This is like a cult, and I want to join."-Audience Member who didn't win a thing
"Is there any more wine left?"-Multiple Recent Contestants
A ham sandwich. A ham radio. Using one to decode the other.
This initial exploration for Retraces performed at On the Boards' 2014 NW New Works Festival.
Created Collaboratively with Director: HATLO | Assistant Director: Antoinette Bianco | Sound Design: Paurl Walsh | Lighting Design: Amiya Brown | Video Design: Devin Ensz | Movement Assistance: Kate Wallich | Performed by Kyle Loven with Amiya Brown, Devin Ensz, and HATLO
Inspired by cultural moon myths and beliefs from around the world, Moon Show 143 is a theatrical duet combining live and recorded sound, puppetry, and movement. Following the moon on its cyclical journey with Earth, the piece portrays four fateful encounters between humans and the moon to tell a story of connection and inevitability. Rock concert theatrics collide with interstellar imagery to form a new moon myth in this live performance.
This project was created in part by grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and 4Culture. Moon Show 143 premiered at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and toured to Seattle.
Conceived by Kyle Loven Created in Collaboration with | Director: Nick Hubbard | Composer: Paurl Walsh | Lighting Design: Amiya Brown | Choreography: Kate Wallich | Performed by Kyle Loven and Paurl Walsh
Photography: Tim Summers
"Loven borders on genius." –Times Square Chronicles
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Everything is somewhere. Part installation, part image-driven theater, Loss Machine unearths a world of lost items, misplaced thoughts, and fractured journeys all housed within an intricately detailed set.
In a 7’ tall tower filled with life’s debris, a collection of characters move through an ever-changing apparatus with their shared emotional journey driving the mechanical process forward. This intimate one-man show combines puppetry, objects, light, sound, and original music in a visual exploration of loss and discovery.
Initial support of Loss Machine was provided by the Jim Henson Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Loss Machine premiered at On the Boards through a Creative Residency, with tours to New York, Minneapolis, and Portland.
Created and Performed by Kyle Loven Created in Collaboration with Director: HATLO | Original Music: Paurl Walsh | Sound Design: Kevin Heard | Lighting Design: Amiya Brown | Dramaturg: Lauren Hester
Crandal is a sin-eater who collects the undesirable. Making it disappear is his craft. But when a surprising find shakes his routine, Crandal must prepare to conjure the impossible. Objects, shadows, puppets, and music combine in this actor-driven one-man magic show.
This project was created in part by the generous support of 4Culture and Artist Trust. Crandal's Bag premiered at Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle.
Created and Performed by Kyle Loven Original Music: George Maurer
Lewis is at the end of his journey met with the task of looking back over a life lived. What unfolds is a pilgrimage made by his mind and body into the dark and dusty corners of memory. Puppetry, objects, video, and music unexpectedly combine in this one-man show.
This project was created in part by the generous support of the Jim Henson Foundation. my dear Lewis has been seen in Amsterdam, New York, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
Created and Performed by Kyle Loven | Original Music: George Maurer | Video Assistance: Andrea Steudel and Elise Langer
Photography: Tyler Korth and Lucas Saugen
Hold on Tight!
The last episode of the last game show, hosted by the last man on Earth. A 50's camp look at the apocalypse.
Co-Created by Tessa Hulls and Kyle Loven for City Arts' Genre Bender 2016
Photography: Robert Wade
Jasper in Deadland
Puppet Design and Creation by Kyle Loven for Jasper in Deadland at The 5th Avenue Theatre | Director: Brandon Ivie
Photography: Matthew Murphy
A woman receives a magical letter that takes her on a fantastical journey to find a man she has never met. B is a visual combination of live actors, video and live shadow projections. Created in collaboration with Minneapolis Art on Wheels, this production originally performed on the Third Avenue Bridge underpass in Minneapolis, MN. B has since toured as an intimate tabletop projection piece to Taipei, New York, and as a film to Montreal.
Conceived by Kyle Loven Created in Collaboration with Andrea Steudel and Elise Langer