In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s (HOBT) mission to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. HOBT uses water, flour, newspaper, paint and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world’s traditions of puppet and mask theater and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theater, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.
HOBT’s annual MayDay Parade and Festival is in its 41st year as a rite of spring that brings together 50,000 Minneapolis neighbors to build community and celebrate the end of winter.
Throughout our month-long CRAVE Cares partnership with HOBT, we are featuring a different display from past MayDay Festivals and Ceremonies at our four Minneapolis CRAVE locations.
Learn more about each of the creative displays below and check them out at the restaurants!
CRAVE Mall of America // “Gorgeous Fever of Consciousness – Honor Your Senses” // 1995 MayDay Festival Parade
The theme responds to the growing development of “virtual reality” experiences. The theme takes its language from Diane Ackerman, who wrote in her 1990 book A Natural History of the Senses, “To begin to understand the gorgeous fever that is consciousness, we must try to understand the senses—and what they teach us about the ravishing world we have privilege to inhabit.” The parade began with the imprisoning of Our Gorgeous Consciousness by the comically pathetic virtual reality world. Then each section went on to celebrate on of the senses, exploding finally with the colorful riot of the Gorgeous Fever of Consciousness. The two tall yellow men we have featured at the restaurant were part of the smell and taste section.
CRAVE Shops at West End // Wonder? Wonder! “Beekeepers of Sweet Wonder” // 2014 MayDay Festival Parade
In this 40th anniversary year, HOBT prepared for the next 40 years by bidding all to enter into this world with senses — sight, hearing smell, touch, taste — open. Build personal relationships with all kin who crawl, walk, fly, swim, grow up from the ground, swirl above us, and flow in our veins. The tiny bees, missing butterflies, and ‘mysterious’ human illnesses in our neighborhood are warnings in this time of great ecological distress. As we prepare for spring after a long and hard winter, we remember scientist Rachel Carson’s image of the ‘Silent Spring’ and her seminal writings that began a worldwide movement toward the care of our planet. Carson believed that human care of the world grew from one’s sense of wonder and love.
The amazing bees are appreciated in the entryway of CRAVE West End. As the sun shines and flowers grow, pollen appears as tiny suns in the flowers. The bees visit the flowers, wiggling and jiggling in their important work of pollination. Because of the bees, the flowers produce fruit for us to eat. The bees cary nectar back to the hive, and through their ardent organizational abilities, voilá! – they produce sweet honey!
CRAVE Galleria Edina & CRAVE Downtown Minneapolis // Divining Economy- Calling Forth Our Common Wealth”Green World” // 2000 MayDay Festival Parade