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Happy days with the Muppets

08 April, 2021

A plaque will be erected in Hampstead to mark the former home of Muppets creator Jim Henson

• SEEING the article about Jim Henson, (It’s time to put up blue plaques… April 1) brought a smile to my face as I recalled New York in 1969, and American choreographer Twyla Tharp telling me Kermit Love wanted to see me at “Sesame Street”.

I couldn’t for the life of me find that street anywhere on my Manhattan map.

Then someone told me that Sesame Street was a TV show, and that Kermit Love, who designed Big Bird and Snuffleupagus, wanted to meet me as he read about my Sculpture-Dance programme that I produced at London’s Mermaid Theatre in 1968.

Subsequently I became a regular visitor at Sesame Street on the Upper West Side, watching the Muppets film the programmes.

The atmosphere was always very congenial, which attested to the talent and kindness of Sesame Street founder Jim Henson. It was very sad to hear later that he became so ill.

I am hoping that my Expressionist dancer mother, Hilde Holger, who died in 2001 and who pioneered Inclusive Dance in Britain, might also get a blue plaque.



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