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Puppet Power 2020 Conference goes ONLINE

In response to the Covid – 19 situation we have moved the Puppet Power 2020 conference online, with over a dozen sessions live-streaming May 30 -31 2020.  Nominally priced tickets to individual presentations or full conference passes are now on sale. Can’t make all the presentations? Want to review presentation content? Post conference recordings will … Continue reading Puppet Power 2020 Conference goes ONLINE

Watch our Puppets being Existential!

    Produced and sponsored by Day One Media Thank you to Gil Ngai, Chief Storyteller, from Day One Media who wrote: “Now here’s something you don’t see everyday and a culture that frankly, I knew nothing about. There’s a whole sub-culture of people who love puppets. Puppets give voice to the voiceless and help … Continue reading Watch our Puppets being Existential!

Existentialism – an apt theme

  We couldn’t predict the current global state of affairs when we chose the theme for Puppet Power 2020, but it’s ended up particularly apt. Puppets Go Existential. Existentialism: A philosophical inquiry that is concerned with the experience of being a thinking, feeling, acting, living human. Examining existence. Questioning the meaning of life.  As the … Continue reading Existentialism – an apt theme

Artificial Intelligence: Curatorial Thoughts on Puppet Power 2020

by Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, Puppet Power 2020 Curator The Artificial Intelligence stream of our Puppet Power 2020 conference – “Puppets go Existential” is provoking some ‘Deep Thought’. (Reference intentional to IBM’s chess playing computer and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). I spent time over the holidays reading poet, Brian Christian’s fascinating 2011 book “The Most Human Human … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence: Curatorial Thoughts on Puppet Power 2020

Platypus Puppet Pop-Up & Giving Tuesday

                    We had a Pleasant afternoon with Platypi Puppets and Participants who Performed for their Parents!  A group from Kids up Front joined us and our Youth Central volunteers were a big help. Overall, it was a Perfect Puppet Pop-Up. As part of our Giving Tuesday … Continue reading Platypus Puppet Pop-Up & Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Puppet Pop-Up

We are hosting a special Puppet Pop-Up FUNdraiser To celebrate Giving Tuesday! When: November 30 from 1:00-3:00pm Where: CommunityWise Resource Centre 223 12 Ave SW, Calgary We’ll be making Platypus Puppets and giving back to the community! All of Platypus’s different parts remind us that a strong community is made up of many diverse elements. … Continue reading Giving Tuesday Puppet Pop-Up

WP Puppet Theatre Out and About

The last couple of weeks have been busy for WP Puppet Theatre! Barb and Annie  facilitated drop by puppet making – Diverse Fork Puppets – at the CMHA Youth Smart Summit. YouthSMART (Youth Supporting Mental Health and Resiliency Together) is a year-long initiative designed to generate an awareness of mental health topics, which allows for student leaders and their … Continue reading WP Puppet Theatre Out and About

Curatorial Thoughts on Puppet Power 2020

by Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, Puppet Power 2020 Curator Many years ago, I saw the famous Pierrot scene by master marionette artist Philippe Genty. In the scene Pierrot comes alive. He rejoices. Then he realizes he is controlled by the black figure above him. He reacts by purposefully pulling his strings out until he collapses. He dies, … Continue reading Curatorial Thoughts on Puppet Power 2020

Puppet Pop-Up at Pride in the Park

Puppet Pop-Up at Pride in the Park On Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at Pride in the Park we helped celebrate Calgary Pride Week. Families dropped by and created stick puppet dragons, unicorns and other magical creatures. After crafting, participants were invited to introduce their puppets and tell a magical tales. WP Puppet Theatre’s Puppet Pop-Up … Continue reading Puppet Pop-Up at Pride in the Park

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