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Puppeteers and Multimedia Arts Couple Named as Artists in Residence at Chaco Culture National Park

Santa Fe, NM, April 07, 2016 --( This April, the National Parks Arts Foundation in cooperation with the National Park Service at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will host NM based performers and puppeteers Danielle Reddick and Giuseppe Quinn. The artists will spend a month working at various locations around the wide-ranging park, and will stay and work in housing and studio. Reddick and Quinn, a married couple who work together on various projects as RedQuyn, use a wide variety of tools and performance approaches to do dynamic storytelling both for live audiences or in films. The Residency will run from April 1st to April 30th, 2016.

Originally from Harlem, New York City, Danielle Reddick has been a performer almost all her life. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts, the “Fame” school, in NYC, also studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and waited tables, and other odd jobs: “I was a snake handler for a zoo. I stood on a box, talked about the snake, and let the visitors touch its’ tail.” She also worked as an actress, singer, and dancer and musician, and toured with a company of the long running theatrical sensation, STOMP She was a part of the Gargoyle Mechanique Lab and discovered an interest in puppetry that continues to this day. Danielle crafts her own puppets often from site-specific materials, and tries to integrate the feeling of the material into the puppets that she makes. She met Giuseppe Quinn while they were both working at Stomp and they fell in love, and eventually moved to Santa Fe, NM where they are part of established and lauded performance groups such as Theatre Grottesco, Wise Fool and Circus Luminous.

Co-resident Giuseppe Quinn actually grew up in a circus, and toured all over North America with his family. It was a unique way to grow up, and he remembers fondly that his good childhood friend was a 68-year-old elephant named Myrtle. Still on the cutting edge of circus life years later, Giuseppe is also a filmmaker, editor and producer of a variety of types of shows. He works with Danielle to create the ambiance of light and sound for her puppetry. He adds that he is “fascinated by how story rules our lives, individually and as a species. I love to manipulate light and time to impact the audience.” And Danielle is excited to be working at Chaco, where her mind is set free by the prospect of crafting a work that resonates with the powerful aura of the place. She says that “The geology, feeling of closeness to the cosmos and mystery of Chaco has already sparked and I am looking to the way that I will tell this story. When I create a piece it's unique to that venue and it's environment.”

The April Residents have scheduled two presentations at the Auditorium at the Visitors Center at Chaco Culture. The first is on Sunday April, 24th at 3 pm, and the final presentation will be on Wednesday, April 27th at 5:30 pm. The artists will also put on their Chaco related work in Santa Fe the following month, in all likelihood at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Founded as an Antiquities Monument in 1907, Chaco Culture National Historical Park was operated for most of the 20th century as an anthropological storehouse of knowledge and evidence of the Chacoan Culture. This beautiful and isolated complex preserves the historical traces of the sacred ancestral culture to many of the existing pueblos of the Southwest. The park is also a Dark Skies certified location, one of the ideal places for astronomy, astrophotography and other Night Sky artistic practice. The Monument expanded to its present boundaries and park designation in 1980. The park is located in the open plains of Northwestern New Mexico, sharing borders with the Navajo Nation and BLM land. It is approximately one and a half hours from the closest city, Farmington, and two hours and forty minutes from Albuquerque.

"We’re excited to see how Danielle and Giuseppe will interpret the Chaco story through their art,” said Larry Turk, superintendent of Chaco Culture National Historic Park. "This residency promises to be a dynamic addition to Chaco’s centennial programming.”

NPAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. Artists may apply with their proposals for this residency and find additional information at The AiR program is made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the Parks. NPAF is always seeking new partners for its wide-ranging artist-in-residence programs.
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