A TWO WEEK IMMERSIVE PUPPETRY EXPERIENCE
EXPLORING MULTIPLE FACETS OF PUPPETRY:
HISTORY & TRADITION, CONSTRUCTION, STORY DEVELOPMENT & PERFORMANCE.
Under the expert guidance of master puppeteers Ann Powell and David Powell and a trio of Guest Specialists, students will be led on an exploration of the principles and practicalities of puppetry and new work development.
Week One – June 11 to 15
Week 1 explores basic skills and a variety of puppet techniques, traditions and construction options, such as mechanics, storyboarding and design, plus introduces the basics of marionettes, rod & shadow puppets, table top puppets, object theatre and more. Workshops on additional key performance elements will be led by Guest Specialist Instructors.
Week Two – June 18 to 22
Week 2 focuses on process & story development and culminates in an informal performance of a short project devised by the participants. Working closely with Mark Cassidy and the Puppetmongers, participants will use source material as a jumping off point for collaboratively creating a dramatic narrative which effectively exploits the advantages offered by puppetry.
2012 GUEST SPECIALISTS
STORY DEVELOPMENT & DIRECTION: Mark Cassidy is a respected director and the co-founder of Threshold Theatre, known for its dynamic and unpredictable brand of theatre that blends the verbal and visual, personal and political, social and poetic. With the aim of forging distinctive theatrical forms for each new work inspired by its content, Threshold Theatre creates works which explore human needs, conflicts and aspirations with immediacy and imagination. Inventive adaptations, exciting site-specific works and/or premieres of scripts have included: Swan Song of Maria: A Tragic Fairy Tale, Kafka and Son, The Girl in the Picture Tries to Hang up the Phone, Forms of Devotion, Terror, That Time, Howl, The Hairy Ape, In the Language of Love, As I Lay Dying, Beautiful Losers and White Buildings.
VOICE: Karin Randoja is an actor, singer, teacher and director. She has worked in devised theatre for 20 years, including as a co-founder of Primus Theatre and the Independent Aunties. Her work has taken her throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa. She works at Humber College
HAND & ROD PUPPETRY: Johan van der Gun is one of the founders and artistic director of Lampoon Puppettheatre. During its 40 years Lampoon Puppettheatre has toured across Canada and also has represented Canadian puppetry at several international festivals. The company is best known for its excellent manipulation with hand-puppets and rod-puppets and for this has received several awards. Because the puppets use a mime technique and music to express themselves, much attention is given to detailed movement. The company has also expanded into other forms of puppetry, such as marionettes and shadow-puppets, while preserving the same attention to detail, and is warmly remembered by adult and children’s audiences around the world.
Join Ann and David in their cozy studio at Suite 219 – 401 Logan Avenue (at Dundas). Each week’s programming runs Monday to Friday, from 10 AM to 5 PM with a one hour break for lunch. Class size is EXTREMELY limited to ensure a rich experience for all participants.
You may register for each week separately ($450 per week), or save $100 and register for both weeks together ($800)
PLEASE NOTE: Registration to Week One or the whole 2 week program is open to all. Registrants for Week Two only should have some prior puppetry experience. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your eligibility.
REGISTER ONLINE AT http://puppetmongersschool.eventbrite.ca/
Ann and David Powell (aka Puppetmongers) are internationally recognized as leaders and innovators in the field of puppetry. Since 1974 they have developed a dozen new plays for both young and general audiences which have earned a combined total of 11 Dora Award nominations. They have been short-listed twice for the Chalmers New Canadian Play Award for Theatre for Young Audiences and received 5 Citations of Excellence from l’Union Internationale de la Marionnette (US). They have also received the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Puppeteers of America for “contributions of a body of work to the art of puppetry” as well as the President’s Award, a medal which has also been awarded to Jim Henson (Muppets), Julie Taymor (Lion King), and fellow Canadian puppeteers Ronnie Burkett and Coad Canada. The Toronto School of Puppetry was founded in 1996 to share their creation methodology and provide a collaborative learning space for the puppetry community, as well as for multi-disciplinary artists interested in expanding their creative arsenal.