Moment in Time

MOMENT in TIME unfolds like the pages of a cherished photo album. Each scene, meticulously crafted by Tobin & Gunst, emerges from black and white photographs, inviting the audience into a realm where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary. Through the artistry of puppets, masks, movement, and imagery, Tobin & Gunst eloquently tell stories in a universal language without words. The stark contrast of black and white enhances the drama, creating a hauntingly familiar yet entirely unique experience for the viewers. Inspired by real-life situations captured in black and white photographs, this performance paints an evocative portrait of the human condition.

Music by Jesse Manno

What audiences are saying: 

"So original!  And so sophisticated, dripping with evidence of your prolific experience and very specific choices at every turn."

"A wonderful, inventive, and really memorable performance."

"A huge dive into the unknown - pure magic!  Wow!"

"Great show. This is exactly the type of work we want to present."      Melissa Fathman, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder CO

General/All Ages
60 minutes
Devised, Physical Theatre, Puppetry, Theatre
Big Up Studios
3410 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

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Michael Gunst has been working in the field of movement based theatre for just under 50 years as a creator, performer, collaborator of original works, director, teacher and just an actor. He has performed and toured with The International Mime Company of New England in Mexico. Faustwork Mask Theatre,Toronto, Circus Flora, St Louis, Asolo Theatre,FL, Studebaker Theatre of Boston MA, where he has collaboratively created 5 different shows that toured nationally and internationally to Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Holland and England. With his solo work Michael created and produced “Four Wishes” a Puppet Mask Theatre show based on a Native New England Indigenous teaching story that has been performed in schools and festivals in the U.S. as well as Canada. As an Associate Member of The Band of Toughs, Boulder,CO Michael has helped bring Local Boulder and Denver audiences several different genre bending performances of self produced works. For several years as a teaching/performing artist Michael was on the rosters of Young Audiences in Maryland, Houston, Rochester,NY and Think 360 Arts of Denver. Locally he has performed with Germinal Stage, Denver Civic, Nomad, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Michael has also had recurring roles on Nickelodeon’s Weinerville show. He received an MFA from Brandeis University’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Betsy TOBIN has toured in festivals, theaters, and cultural centers in the United States and throughout Europe where she won awards at puppetry festivals and earned an international reputation as a solo puppeteer. She has also performed in Canada, Guinea, Turkey, Bulgaria and Bali. Since 2007, she has been creating multi-media productions like SHADOWS & JOURNEYS, performed in canyons across the Southwest. Through Art in Embassies and Worldwide Learning, she directed an original shadow theatre show in Conakry, Guinea with local actors. The Auspicious Adventures of an Improbable Princess was presented in NYC and to open the Puppetry Exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Tobin’s original theatre productions, like Tales from the Tipping Point, feature a variety of techniques and strong visuals with layered shadow and video imagery.

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Big Up Studios

3410 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance is on Blake St. Accessible entrance is through the back doors from the alley off of 34th between Blake and Walnut streets.

Parking: Street parking and nearby lots 

Accessibility: Big Up Studios is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance off the alley

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show