A fairy tale (or fantasy) Labyrinth shot in 1986 became a cult of sorts. It stands out as a unique and majestic artwork based in big part on puppetry. With the exception of the teen girl Sarah played by Jennifer Connelly and fantastic David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, most characters and actors were puppets. No further development of visual effects could erase this whimsy from viewers' hearts.
One of the main wizards behind the Labyrinth was Jim Henson who can also be considered a king in his TV puppet realm. Center for Puppetry Arts owes certain part of its charming collection to this legendary figure who deserved his iconic status for the wealth of lively puppet characters he had created. In celebration of the Labyrinth anniversary, the Center invites to a special year-long exhibit of photos, footage, gowns, puppets, and behind-the-scenes artwork from the film.
Besides the Member Preview Night (August 27th), the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball will be held on the eve of the exhibition opening, with costume contest and dancing to the soundtrack. The lasting wizardry of Jim Henson's creativity is sure to make the Labyrinth come alive.