... is a puppet troupe based in San Francisco primarily involved in street theatre and television
performances. The troupe was organized in 1974 and has performed
in Spanish and English, on television and in live performances, often on the streets.
Live performances usually involve the use
of the "walking stage," a framework of aluminum tubes covered with fabric that allows the puppeteer to walk among the audience.
director / performer John Higgins thought he had "hung up the stage" in the early 2000s . . . but the puppets pulled him out of retirement in 2007. A fellowhip as an artist/scholar-in-residence at Sidestreets in Nicosia in 2008 brought the puppets back to Cyprus after a 12 year interlude.
The last "walking stage" performances were in fall 2010 in the UN Buffer Zone and the Buyuk Han in Nicosia, Cyprus, during Higgins' time as a Fulbright Scholar with the Cyprus Fulbright Commission... but the puppets still show up from time to time on video.
Photos and updated info are available on Facebook/NightVision/Puppets.