HALF Day Registration for Puppet Power 2016 :: Connecting Generations Conference

Can’t make it to this 2 day conference or just interested in one or two sessions?  Half day registration is now available!

Saturday Morning at a Glance

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The Saturday morning half day line-up includes: Welcome program, Keynote Speaker Karrie Marshall, and breakout sessions (panels and talks) to choose from.

The Welcome Program will include Honorary Patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, greetings from Noreen Demeria (Anishanabe from Tootinaowaazibeeng, Manitoba), and the talk, How to be an Icon by Mark Hierlihy, President and Founder of Causemark™ (Toronto).

Keynote Speaker Karrie Marshall (Scotland) will present “Connecting Through Creativity And Joy: exploring the power of puppetry in dementia care.” Marshall’s talk invites us to look beyond a diagnosis of dementia to celebrate all that is possible when we engage humor, creativity and puppetry.

Choose from one of these Breakout Sessions:
• PANEL: The potential and actuality of Social Robots (as cousins of Puppets) to Connect Generations
• TALK: Puppets of Kugaaruk – bringing community together: Marla Limousin (Courtney BC)
• TALK: Good Health, Happy Life – Puppetry with Chinese Seniors in the Arts and Health Project: Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)

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Saturday Afternoon at a Glance

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Break-out sessions (talk/hands-on workshops) and performance and discussion of Act Your Age.

Choose from one of these Breakout Sessions:
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Shadow Puppetry Basics: Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)
• TALK + HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: Courage Journey: Lead by Allan Rosales and other participants from the project
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: How to Make a Puppet Breathe and More! Presented by Eric Bass (Vermont)
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Sculpting mini kinetic characters! Presented by Marla Limousin (Courtney, BC)

PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION of Act your Age: Act Your Age is an hour-long reading of four scenes from plays about aging, along with personal reflections about aging from Joyce Doolittle and Phil McCoy. Following the performance our volunteers from Youth Central will lead a discussion exploring such questions as: How would you describe someone who is old?
At what age do you think you would call someone old? What are old people good at?

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Sunday Morning at a Glance

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Continental breakfast, Puppet Portfolios, presentation by Keynote Eric Bass, and screening of Handmade Puppet Dreams (with lunch) co-presented by the Calgary Animated Object Society.

Puppet Portfolios brings together 10 speakers from around the world to deliver fast-paced, concise presentations (8 minutes) on a variety of diverse and complex subjects. Hosted by Mark Hopkins from We Should Know Each Other and Swallow a Bicycle Theatre.

Keynote Speaker Eric Bass (Sandglass Theater, Vermont) will present “The Making of D-Generation – an Exaltation of the Larks” a theater and puppet piece based on stories created by people with dementia. Bass talks about the process and the people that make the present moment a key to communication, and to improving the quality of life of everyone dementia touches.

Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film to explore a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles.

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Sunday Afternoon at a Glance

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Screening of Handmade Puppet Dreams (with lunch) co-presented by the Calgary Animated Object Society, break-our sessions (panel or hands-on workshops), and the conference closing.

Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film to explore a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles.

Choose from one of these Breakout Sessions:
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Toy Theatre presented by Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Puppet Selves, presented by Karrie Marshall and Chris King (Scotland)
• HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Reclaim: Using Found Objects to Create Puppets, Performance and Sound, presented by Ian McFarlane and Geneviève Paré of Mudfoot Theatre (Calgary)
• PANEL: Rapid Idea Generation. This session has the goal of modeling how to work in collaboration with charities and organizations to create a puppetry-based project or messaging program.

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