Based on interviews with DC area immigrants, Saudade is an exploration of melancholy and nostalgia using shadow puppetry.

Written by Cecilia Cackley, with puppet design by Katherine Fahey and sound design by Patrick Calhoun. Created in collaboration with Genna Beth Davidson, Amy Kellett and Emily Marsh.

Saudade had its world premiere as part of the 2015 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and has been performed at the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The development of this project was funded in part by the Puffin Foundation, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Our next show Malevolent Creatures is rooted in the folklore of the British Isles. This devised work explores ways that ancient stories continue to haunt us as we struggle with fears and changes in our world today.

Selkie, artwork by Jordis Brier

Selkie, artwork by Jordis Brier

Follow along as we document our research and building process on our blog! You can also support the development of this project by making a tax-deductible donation through Fractured Atlas.

Artistic Team: Cecilia Cackley, Genna Beth Davidson, Patricia Germann, Amy Kellett, Brett Steven Abelman, Nina Budabin McQuown, Nicole Martin, Annalisa Dias, Krista Duke, Chris Herring.

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