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Pleasure Month Profiles: Kira Corridor, Fraggle Rock Performer

Pleasure Month Profiles: Kira Corridor, Fraggle Rock Performer


Kira Hall poses with Brio the troubadour

For this Pleasure Month at ToughPigs, we’re reminding you once more that transgender and nonbinary persons are simply individuals in your neighborhood like everybody else. We’re not evil or bizarre, and even new, regardless of what lots of people need you to assume. We’ve all the time been right here, residing our lives, hanging out with our mates, and generally, making the artwork you’re keen on. 

Living proof: The Jim Henson Firm and Disney have labored with various trans and nonbinary puppeteers and performers through the years. They’re part of exhibits you get pleasure from, like Muppets Mayhem and Again to the Rock. So for Pleasure Month, I reached out to a few of them and had superb conversations with a number of the most real, passionate artists I’ve ever spoken to. Beneath, I’m going to profile certainly one of them and share some tales. Keep tuned this month for extra profiles!

Kira Corridor (they/them)

Henson Tasks: Again to the Rock

The Starting: 

Kira Corridor is a nonbinary genderqueer puppeteer who, like Stoph Scheer, lately began working with the Jim Henson Firm and took part in certainly one of their range coaching initiatives. Their first position with Henson was on Fraggle Rock: Again to the Rock, the place they assisted Donna Kimball and performed Brio the Troubadour and Melody Merggle.

Kira says that after they had been youthful, “puppetry hadn’t actually been flagged as a potential profession path for me.” Nonetheless, they had been thinking about theater, and as such went to high school for musical theater. Kira all the time loved watching the Muppets and Sesame Road, however their love of puppetry didn’t go a lot additional than that.

Kira Hall sits on the floor, wearing a dinosaur costume with toy dinosaurs nearby

That modified when Kira moved to Toronto, and ultimately was forged as Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut within the Canadian manufacturing of Avenue Q. Throughout that present’s run, they had been coached in puppetry by Mike Petersen, who carried out on the unique Fraggle Rock and in Labyrinth. In taking part in these roles, Kira realized simply how a lot they appreciated puppetry as a complete. Kira says, “With a puppet, you may see the way you’re doing and react to that in actual time, which appealed to me.”

For years, Kira had been attempting out for “flesh performing” roles, whereas reserving puppetry work elsewhere. They had been annoyed that the in-person roles they might audition for had been all the time primarily based on individuals’s perceptions of Kira’s appears to be like. Whereas they weren’t but “out” as nonbinary, Kira felt like there was “an extra layer” they needed to construct on prime of no matter character they had been taking part in. As they put it, when performing in roles like “Younger Mom” and “Barely Engaging Girlfriend of the Protagonist,” they needed to assume “that is what the character is doing, and I’ve to behave like a girl on prime of that, no matter that’s. I felt an expectation that I didn’t know how you can attain.”

Kira was relieved to seek out that puppets freed them from these restraints. In time, they started performing Cottonball, an enthusiastic pink cat, on the Canadian youngsters’s present Studio Okay. They state, “As you may most likely guess, the puppetry was extra profitable than the performing. In 2021 I extra absolutely dedicated to puppetry and it’s been probably the greatest selections I’ve ever made.”

Cottonball, a pink cat, in a dance studio

Increasing on their love of the artwork type, Kira says, “With puppetry, there’s so many prospects. It lets us step past our bodily limitations. The closest approximation of how I really feel about my gender is, it’s an amorphous blob. In the event you consider me as an amorphous blob, that will be preferrred. I can puppeteer an amorphous blob and nonetheless generate emotions and id. I is usually a scarf, or a little bit cave creature that’s simply feathers and a foam ball and I can inform a narrative with it that has nothing to do with my gender.”

Again to the Rock and Range Coaching: In 2021, Kira started engaged on Again to the Rock. Of that have, they are saying “I used to be one of many featured puppeteers, who fill within the majority of the supporting characters who didn’t essentially have massive roles. So, I performed Brio, Melody Merggle, and the sapling Junior talked to [in the episode ‘Craggle Lagoon’]. A variety of the remainder of the time, I used to be Donna Kimball’s main assistant for Mokey Fraggle and Cotterpin Doozer, which was a variety of enjoyable. Donna’s a gem. In any other case, I simply crammed out scenes by placing on a Gaggle Fraggle or a Cave Creature.”

Working alongside the “extraordinary artists” on Again to the Rock motivated Kira to maintain bettering. In consequence, they went to take part in one of many Henson Firm’s range coaching institutes, or as they are saying, “performing some rigorous follow within the puppet health club.” As they are saying, “It most likely appears odd to do the coaching after working with Henson. That being mentioned, we work in a type the place there’s all the time extra to be taught.” 

Kira says that the Henson Firm is an extremely affirming place to work. They are saying, “That was the primary office I went into the place… I mentioned ‘Simply so you already know, I establish as nonbinary and these are my pronouns.’ And everybody was like ‘yeah cool.’ It by no means felt like I didn’t belong. There have been different queer individuals, like [fellow Back to the Rock puppeteer] Ali Eisner, and we completely ‘bro-ed’ out. I reached out to Ali for help, as a result of they mentioned they had been nonbinary. Ali was so sort and supportive, and made me really feel secure, and that gave me confidence to be out in the remainder of my life.” (Be aware: Don’t fear! We’ll be posting a profile with the legendary Ali Eisner quickly!)

Melody Merggle sits in a bucket

Kira feels that the Henson characters and the Muppets “symbolize individuals on the fringes.” In consequence, they really feel that queer individuals can discover “a resonance, or a way of recognition and camaraderie” from spending time in these worlds. They’re conscious that many individuals, particularly Gen Z, acknowledge the queer coding in exhibits like Fraggle Rock. They giggle, mentioning the episode the place Boober’s baloobius begins to glow. “I imply…come on.”

Different Work: Today, Kira continues to deal with puppetry, even when not working with the Jim Henson Firm. They communicate fondly about an fascinating collaboration they’re engaged on with a buddy from Norway’s new composers’ group. It’s referred to as Go to Underneath Revision, though they notice it could be considerably troublesome to seek out on-line in the mean time.

Kira additionally provides that they’ve carried out some “enjoyable and naughty puppet days on non-puppet exhibits” lately, though they can’t give extra specifics in the mean time.

Last Phrases: I requested Kira what closing ideas they’d about their work. They mentioned, “Puppetry has made me happier than mainly the rest in my life. Having this be my job is an amazing pleasure. The factor that’s introduced me the next-most peace and happiness has been coming to know my queerness higher. I believe it’s beautiful that I get to work in an area the place these two joys can coexist.

“For lots of people who got here out throughout the pandemic, discovering a neighborhood will be troublesome. Most of my neighborhood I discovered by puppets. The puppetry scene is riddled with nonbinary individuals. And that’s a stunning present the puppetry scene has given me. In the event you’re queer, there’s all the time puppets.”

You could find Kira’s work on their Instagram, @canadafamous

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by Becca Petunia

Kira Hall performs onstage



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