Life-sized animal puppets will walk the streets of Cleveland this weekend

South African artist and performer Roger Titley brings his life-sized animal puppets to Cleveland as part of the Borderlight International Theater + Fringe Festival and a celebration of Cleveland Public Library's 150th anniversary.

This weekend, pure white elephants, cheetahs and giraffes will be walking the streets of Cleveland. But this is no surreal dream. This is the work of South African puppeteer and performer Roger Titley, who is bringing his life-sized animal puppets to North America.

The title of the performance is Creatures, and it’s a part of both the Borderlight International Theatre + Fringe Festival and a celebration of the Cleveland Public Library’s 150th anniversary. Led by Roger Titley and his son James, the puppets will be performed by local volunteers who have been in rehearsals to bring the animals to life. More than just carrying a big prop around, the performers must learn to work in cooperation with each other to match the animals walking rhythm, and make themselves “invisible”.

You can see the procession on Saturday, July 27th, free of charge. Volunteers (ages 12 and up) can join in before the event and learn to build and operate a beautiful raven puppet. This spectacular event kicks off with African drumming and dance by Cleveland’s own Djapo Cultural Arts Institute.

The procession departs from Cleveland Public Library (Main Branch), located at 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.

1:00 – 2:00 & 2:00 – 3:00 FREE puppet workshops open to the public
2:45 – 3:15 Performance of “Toukii – Journey” by Djapo Cultural Arts Institute
3:15 – 4:00 Puppet procession travels from Cleveland Public Library to Public Square

For more information on this and the other performances at the four-day long Borderlight International Theatre + Fringe Festival, visit the festival website.