Sova Dance & Puppet Theater

About Sova Dance & Puppet Theater

Adelka Polak is the founder and Artistic Director of Sova Dance and Puppet Theater. She is a dancer, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has traveled to Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. She worked with Squonk Opera who went "from junkyards to Broadway" and performed at Lincoln Center Outdoors and LaMama, E.T.C. with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater of NYC. Ms. Polak was featured on CPTV's "Spotlight on the Arts" with Masque Theatre in a segment nominated for a cultural Emmy in 2010 and produced by Ed Wierzbiecki. Recently, she performed puppets from the Henson Workshop in an original devised production on "Crane: On Earth, In Sky" led by Heather Henson & Ty Defoe. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists selected Ms. Polak as artist-in-residence with sculptor Justin Perlman, who collectively integrated visual art and dance into the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra 2012 Spring Concert working with James Robey Dance and the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance's Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her work mixes media such as video, fabric, objects, and natural materials with organic movement. She guides children to develop artistic voices by the integration of nature and the performing arts, especially puppetry, in programs like Two Coyotes Wilderness School's "Wild Theater" and a program based on her original performance "Tales from the Wild" where participants get to create their own imaginative depictions of the seasons in CT. She works at Western Connecticut State University's Theater Department, taught Contemporary/Improvisational Dance at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, and has a B.A. in Theater and Cultural Studies with honors from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. www.SovaTheater.com

Grade Levels

PK , K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Art Forms

Theater Visual Art

Curriculum Focuses

Science Math English

Program Formats

In-School Short Term Residency In-School Workshop In-School Performance


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