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Conference explores how puppetry can transform lives and (re)animate communities torn apart by Apartheid in South Africa

  WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Power Conference, June 1-3, in Calgary is thrilled to welcome puppeteer Sonia Norris.  Sonia will present the talk, (Re)animating Communities with Inanimate Objects: Handspring Puppet Company’s Community Puppetry Project in Western Cape, South Africa and discuss the power of storytelling in a community suffering the impact of historical marginalization. Through … Continue reading Conference explores how puppetry can transform lives and (re)animate communities torn apart by Apartheid in South Africa

Puppet Conference explores the psychological relationship between audience and puppets

As an audience, there are certain assumptions and conventions that come into play when we view a movie, a play, and to an even greater extent – a puppet show.  Audiences are complicit in accepting a metaphorical barrier of engagement that sits between themselves and the performers.  For Pia Banzhaf, how audiences understand and view … Continue reading Puppet Conference explores the psychological relationship between audience and puppets

Learn how Puppetry Promotes Resilience after a Natural Disaster at the Puppet Power Conference

Sometimes, even the humblest of puppets can be among the most effective voices of strength during the worst of times. For Philippine puppeteer, Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete, puppetry was her tool for helping her country rebuild and recover after the disastrous typhoon hit her country in 2013.  She’ll tell audiences how in her talk, Promoting Resilience through … Continue reading Learn how Puppetry Promotes Resilience after a Natural Disaster at the Puppet Power Conference

Walking Through Walls with Puppetry at the Puppet Power Conference

Have you ever wondered — how does a particular puppet sleep, or wake-up? For that matter, how do puppets become aware of their limitations, react to stimuli, project emotions, breathe, wait, or die? Can a puppet escape its puppeteers? Puppeteer Andrew Periale has spent a great deal of time focusing on just these types of … Continue reading Walking Through Walls with Puppetry at the Puppet Power Conference