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- 9:30am – 10:30am: Welcome Program
- 10:30am – 11:30 am: Keynote Karrie Marshall
- 11:45am – 12:45pm: PANEL on Social Robotics (Breakout Session)
- 11:45am – 12:45pm: TALK by Richard Bouchard (Breakout Session)
- 11:45am – 12:45pm: TALK by Marla Limousin (Breakout Session)
- 11:45am – 12:45pm: TALK by Sharon Bayly (Breakout Session)
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm: HANDS ON: Shadow Puppetry Basics by Sharon Bayly (Breakout Session)
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm: HANDS ON & TALK: View from the Inside (Breakout Session)
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm: HANDS ON: How to Make a Puppet Breathe by Eric Bass (Breakout Session)
- 1:45pm – 4:15pm: HANDS ON: Sculpting mini kinetic characters by Marla Limousin (Breakout Session)
- 4:30pm – 6:00pm: PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION: Act your Age
- 8:00pm – 10:30pm: DOLLY WIGGLER CABARET (PUPPET SLAM)
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9:30am – 10:30am: Welcome Program
Noreen Demeria: Anishanabe from Tootinaowaazibeeng, Manitoba, will bring greetings.
Mark Hierlihy: President and Founder of causemark™ (Toronto)
How to become an icon
Do you want to be remembered for a long, long time? In other words – make a connection to future generations? It’s a sentiment buried deep within most of us. Who are your heroes who have achieved icon status and how did they get there? How do they connect you to past generations? Sometimes our icons are puppet like, as alter egos or metaphors of another character – a drag queen, or an actor. It’s informative and fun to explore their stories and the personas that make them unique.
Mark Hierlihy is curious about the connection between puppets and people, icons and metaphors, and what links the past to the present and the future. To inspire our Puppet Power conference 2016 he’ll kick it off with stories packed with insights that are sure to spark your imagination and challenge you to think differently as we seek to understand how generational connections help us create success today.
10:30am – 11:30 am
Karrie Marshall: Creativity in Care (Scotland)
“Connecting Through Creativity And Joy: exploring the power of puppetry in dementia care.”
Imagine making heartfelt and joyful connections with people whose memories, behaviour and relationships are changing. Puppetry is one of the most powerful creative approaches for connecting generations in the moment of ‘now’. Karrie 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.
11:45am – 12:45pm
PANEL: The potential and actuality of Social Robots (as cousins of Puppets) to Connect Generations
The introduction of technology through human history has created change, which we might say in hindsight, has on balance, benefited humanity. (‘Benefit’ as measured as extended life spans, healthier lives, increased leisure time) Are robots any different? But are humans ready for the sociological leap? Can/will robots replace humans? Is this a concern? The creation of robots brings together domains of engineering, performance art, linguistics, and sociology in various applications such as geriatrics, pediatrics, educations and more. Does it also bring together generations?
Sally V. Truss, MBA (moderator)
Ben Ng: Hillhurst School student
11:45am – 12:45pm
TALK: Le pouvoir de l’art de la marionnette en santé mentale : un théâtre vivant et ses résultats / The Power of Puppetry in Mental Health, presented in French by Richard Bouchard with English translation
On dit que l’art fait du bien. Jour après jour, les responsables de l’École nationale d’apprentissage par la marionnette (ÉNAM) au Saguenay, Québec, font la preuve que la création artistique contribue à contrer les problèmes causés par les troubles de santé mentale. Grâce à l’art et la création, des adultes retrouvent un second souffle et un nouveau sens à leur vie. Dans cet atelier, nous nous proposons d’explorer l’approche originale de l’École nationale d’apprentissage par la Marionnette (ÉNAM) pour mieux comprendre pourquoi elle obtient ces résultats significatifs.
Situé en marge des circuits de l’art dit professionnel de même que ceux des arts communautaires et de l’art thérapie, l’organisme utilise une stratégie complexe de création/intervention qui s’ancre dans quatre axes d’action diversifiés. Le caractère singulier de cette approche favorise l’intégration sociale du participant.
Le projet principal, la cocréation d’un spectacle de marionnette et les ateliers qui en découlent, leur offre à la fois l’expérience du travail de groupe et d’un espace de socialisation, contrant ainsi les formes de marginalisation et d’exclusion que chacun/e peut vivre.
It is said that art is good. Day after day, the leaders of the National Learning School by the puppet (ENAM) in Saguenay, Quebec, are demonstrating that creating art helps counter the problems caused by mental disorders. Through art and creation, adults found a second wind and a new meaning to their lives. In this workshop, we propose to explore the original approach of the National Learning School for Puppetry (ENAM) to better understand why it gets such significant results.
Located on the fringes of the art circles said professional as well as community arts and art therapy, the body uses a complex creation strategy / action that is anchored in four diverse lines of action. The singular nature of this approach promotes the social integration of the participant.
The main project, the co-creation of a puppet show and workshops resulting in their offers both the experience of the working group and a socializing space, thus countering forms of marginalization and exclusion each / e can live.
11:45am – 12:45pm
TALK: Puppets of Kugaaruk – bringing community together: Marla Limousin (Courtney BC)
Marla had the most remarkable experience while working in Canada’s high Arctic. Three Inuit Elders; Gino, Jose and Otto (affectionately referred to as the 3 Amigos) had a vision in the tiny Nunavut community of Kugaaruk, formally known as Pelly Bay. The three Amigos approached Marla one day, trying to figure out why this young generation was more interested in the television that listening to the oral legends of their ancestors. It was disheartening for them and they wanted to do something about it because they felt it was the only way to preserve these stories. They were all over 75 years old and storytelling was the only method they knew.
During the discussions with the Elders, inspiration whispered into Marla’s ear. The idea of puppets and community, interactive, narration, artists, relationships sprung into her mind. Having heard these ideas, the three Amigo’s looked at each other, nodded their heads and said yes.
This is the story of a community that came together, where everyone became a star and where Kiviuq, the hero of the story became more than a legend.
11:45am – 12:45pm
TALK: Good Health, Happy Life – Puppetry with Chinese Seniors in the Arts and Health Project: Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)
Since 2006, a Vancouver-based initiative called the “Arts and Health Project” has brought together professional artists with vulnerable and marginalized seniors with the aim to provide quality arts engagement and experience through a variety of artistic disciplines. Sharon Bayly is one of the lead artists in this project, leading puppetry and performance workshops to Chinese seniors for over 7 years, creating original ensemble performances every year. This talk will explore the artist’s experience in this project, and how making and playing with puppets has played a significant role in contributing to the Good Health and Happy Life of the seniors she works with.
1:45pm – 4:15pm
HANDS ON: Shadow Puppetry Basics: Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)
Led by theatre maker and puppeteer Sharon Bayly, this workshop introduces the basic materials and techniques used in shadow puppet making and storytelling. Students create their own shadow puppets with various materials and/or found objects, and will work in small groups to present short vignettes using the overhead projector and shadow screen. Come prepared to dive in…this workshop will be fast and furious and fun!
1:45pm – 4:15pm
HANDS ON & TALK: VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: Courage Journey:
Lead by Allan Rosales, Glenn Taylor, Robin Metcalfe as well as Eli and Donna
Through Autumn 2015, professional project leaders guided participants through an art making process where stories inspire the creation of mask – body puppets.
While the individuals who participated in the program may face many barriers including homelessness, learning delays, and isolation; a common thread that binds us all together, young and old, is the essential experience and fluid nature, the highs and lows, of mental wellness. Participants explored their creativity, problem solving skills and stories of hope.
This session, will tell you more about the project and its resonating outcomes and next steps. You will also be able to create your own ‘mini mask – body puppet, and add you story to the archive.
1:45pm – 4:15pm
HANDS ON: How to Make a Puppet Breathe and More! : Eric Bass (Vermont)
We experience the world through our breath. We inhale experiences, hopes, and dreams. When we exhale, we accept the vulnerability of life. Bringing breath to the puppet gives it a way to experience its world and its mortality. In exercises designed to connect the breath to the puppet, Eric Bass helps develop the puppet’s rich world and the puppeteer’s range of emotions and dramatic (and humorous) possibilities. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and no jewelry. You will need to move your body!
1:45pm – 4:15pm
HANDS ON: Sculpting mini kinetic characters! : Marla Limousin (Courtney, BC)
In this workshop we will make a miniature kinetic sculpture to help you present the legend of the Owl and the Raven. You will learn techniques to design these miniature worlds that will create elements of surprise for your audience. We will use Sculpey, wood and wire as our main materials. Time may not permit the completion of the project so some of the work will be pre-done by the facilitator. You will be able to use this example of construction to tell other tales.
This is the sculpture that inspired the form of puppetry that we will explore.
4:15pm – 5:30pm
PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION: Act your Age
Co-presented by Youth Central
All the World’s a Stage and all the men and women merely players, they have their exits and entrances and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. “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?
How many old people do you know?
What is something you like about knowing each?
Something you don’t like?
8:00pm – 10:30(ish)pm
DOLLY WIGGLER CABARET (PUPPET SLAM)
(Presented by Calgary Animated Object Society)
Legion Branch #1 116 7 Ave SE: via free down town C- Train
Physical comedienne Mooky Cornish returns home to rock the Legion as compère of the Dolly Wiggler Cabaret. An extremely popular night of short form puppetry for adult audiences, you’ll see the best of the fest and new raw material.