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Wednesday, April 17th 2024

Ratlet presents Poncili Creación: Mind-Bending Puppetry

Poncili Creación's performance:
Brain of Grandma Skin of Stone

Length: 45 min

Where: Mattress Factory Lobby

We invite you to try a soup of movement, matter, colors and sound. An interactive spectacle designed to give a good shake to everyday life in a multi-sensory kind of way, that will make the whole family laugh while still giving them goosebumps. A wordless talk about freedom and the power of creativity in the 21st century disguised as a puppet show. Giant creatures, wannabe dance movements and group exercises come together with the sole purpose of navigating the complex labyrinth of the mind with a feather and tickling your soul.


Who is Ratlet?

Ratlet T. Pesquinche, also known mononymously as Ratlet, is a talk show host, media producer, and art collector. She is best known for her talk show and youtube channel, Ratlet’s Tomorrow Today, filmed inside of the television show and exhibition, How to Get to Make Believe, installed by artist Isla Hansen at the Mattress Factory museum’s Monterey building. Dubbed the Rodent Queen of Reality, Ratlet is the world’s only part-rat part-pig puppet patron of the arts. Influenced by luminaries in her fields, such as LeVar Burton, Terry Gross, Oprah Winfrey, Fred Rogers, Kermit The Frog, Barbara Luderowski, and the Vogels, Ratlet’s Tomorrow Today show sparks conversations with human artists, writers, makers, technologists, and neighbors to talk making play, making art, and making believe.


Who is Poncilí Creación?

Poncilí Creación is a performance duo based in Puerto Rico that focuses on creating foam rubber sculptures to be brought to life. These sculptures, created to be manipulated by the human body or parts of it, with some as small as a coin and others as large as cars, are tools for creating whimsical power that stains reality. In their ritual/shows they attempt thru a series of unorthodox methods to convince the audience that everything is possible.

who IT’s For

Free and Open to All

Date & Times

April 17th, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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