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- 9:30am – 10:45am: PUPPET PORTFOLIOS
- 11:00am – 12:00pm: Keynote Eric Bass
- 12:00pm – 1:15pm: Lunch & Screening of Hand Made Puppet Dreams
- 1:15pm – 3:15pm: PANEL: Rapid Idea Generation (Breakout Session)
- 1:15pm – 3:15pm: HANDS ON: Toy Theatre by Sharon Bayly (Breakout Session)
- 1:15pm – 3:15pm: HANDS ON: “Puppet Selves” by Karrie Marshall and Chris King (Breakout Session)
- 1:15pm – 3:15pm: HANDS ON: Reclaim: Using Found Objects by Mudfoot Theatre (Breakout Session)
- 3:30pm – 4:00 pm: Conference Closing
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9:30am – 10:45am
Puppet Portfolios brings together speakers from around the world to deliver fast-paced, concise presentations (maximum 8 minutes) on variety of diverse and complex subjects. Hosted by Mark Hopkins from WSKEO and Swallow a Bicycle Theatre.
Speakers or video presentations: (not in order of appearance)
- Aglika Ivantcheva (Vancouver):
Puppets building bridges within multilingual families
- Xstine Cook (Calgary):
Earl Grey Animation Project (Nil Nisi Optimum)
- Carol Sterling (NYC):
Teaching Senior Citizens in Chinatown, NYC
- Tim Gosley (Victoria):
Puppets for Peace
- Lance Cardinal (Calling Lake):
Healing Aboriginal Hearts with Puppetry.
Bringing Cree-a-tivity to the Canadian North
- Maichael Wang and Leo Wang: (Calgary)
Puppet Pop Up Studio promotes Intergenerational fun
- Shannon Jones and Nathan Gignac: (Calgary)
View from the Inside: Courage Journey performances
- Sandra Lamouche (Bigstone Cree Nation, Northern Alberta)
Hoop Dancing connects Generations
- Cathy Stubbington (Runaway Moon Puppet Theatre, Enderby BC)
Community based arts events encourage people of all generations to take part.
- Richard Bouchard (Quebec, Canada): Le Pouvoir de l’art de la marionnette en santé mentale (Puppetry and Mental Health), presented in French with English translation
11:00am – 12:00pm
Keynote Eric Bass (Sandglass Theater, Vermont)
“The Making of D-Generation – an Exaltation of the Larks”
D-Generation is a theater and puppet piece based on stories created by people with dementia. It walks the fine line between the terror of this condition and the joy and humor that exist in the creativity that still functions in each present moment. Making D-Generation was an act of walking this fine line. Eric 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.
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Lunch & Screening of Hand Made Puppet Dreams
co-presented by Calgary Animated Object Society
Heather Henson curates this touring festival of short puppet films, which offers new editions annually, but this screening is specially compiled for Puppet Power: Connecting Generations
Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film to explore a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Volumes in the series have toured since 2005, screening throughout North America as well as in the Czech Republic, India, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Prague.
1:15pm – 3:15pm
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. One of the results of the 2015 RIG was WP Puppet Theatre’s currently running project on mental wellness called “View from the Inside“.
This session is Free to any NGO or NFP organization representatives. RSVP required
Lori Farley: umewe projects and consulting (moderator)
Dawn L. Ford: The City of Calgary – coordinator Public Art Program
Mark Hierlihy: President and Founder of causemark™
Wendy Passmore – Godfrey: Artistic Director WPTS
Representatives from: CARYA – Elder Service Corps
1:15pm – 3:15pm
HANDS ON: Toy Theatre: Sharon Bayly (Vancouver)
Toy Theatre, also known as Paper Theatre is a tradition dating back to early 19C Europe. These miniature paper-printed theatres were often sold at opera houses or vaudeville theatres in tiny kits complete with scripts, paper sets and tiny paper actors. In this workshop students will learn how to craft their own toy theatre and paper puppets, as well as create and present short vignettes in small group ensembles.
1:15pm – 3:15pm
HANDS ON: “Puppet Selves”: Karrie Marshall and Chris King (Scotland)
Learn more about using puppets to communicate at a ‘soul level’ in care and community settings, using textiles and objects. Includes hands-on work for all levels of ability. Facilitated by Karrie Marshall & Chris King.
1:15pm – 3:15pm
HANDS ON: Reclaim: Using Found Objects to Create Puppets, Performance and Sound: Ian McFarlane and Geneviève Paré of Mudfoot Theatre (Calgary)
This two-hour, hands-on crash course in junkyard theatrics explores the creative potential of unusual materials. Discover how to create a puppet out of an old mattress, or invent a new instrument out of a discarded bicycle. Collectively we will investigate how reusing materials is not only a sustainable practice but also an avenue to creative liberation and inspiration.
You are invited to bring any materials that have acoustic potential or animation potential (anything that makes sound or could be turned into a puppet) This could be anything from a block of wood to a bicycle.
3:30pm – 4:00 pm
10 Iconic Moments from the Conference
Mark Hierlihy: President and Founder of causemark™ (Toronto)
Mark will bookend our conference by presenting, in partnership with Youth Central, 10 Iconic Moments from the Conference, concluding with an 8 minute film produced by Gary Friedmann Productions (Australia) on “Puppet Power.
And that’s a wrap of our 6th PUPPET POWER conference