Calling all artists, puppeteers, makers and the creatively curious! Find new inspiration at the Puppet Power Conference, this June 1-3, in Calgary, AB. Explore your creativity and have some fun with hands-on workshops (3 hours). Needle felting, puppet lanterns, fragmented puppets, fantasyscapes, and more . . .
Here are just a few to choose from:
Iinisikimm – A Puppet Lantern Build Workshop. This workshop will start with an introduction to the Innisikimm project through a brief slide show and talk with co-directors Amethyst Little Rider and Nan Balkwill from Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (Calgary). In the second part of the workshop participants will have an opportunity to build their own puppet lantern. > buy tickets to this workshop OR > register for the conference
Needle Felting in Puppetry by Juanita Dawn of The Long Grass Studio and Workshop (Calgary). Introduce Needle Felting into your Puppet Building Skills. Includes a needle felting kit to take home to complete your project from the workshop. > buy tickets to this workshop OR > register for the conference
Children’s Artistic and Expressive Languages: Thinking with Materials, Stories, Enactments, and Drawing by Sylvia Kind from Capilano University (BC). In this interactive presentation participants are invited to engage with the processes, emergences, and insights from a project focusing on birds that has taken place over the last three years in the Capilano University Children’s Centre and Studio with children ages 2-5 years. We will experiment with artistic ways of knowing as we consider the richness and complexity of engaging in project work with children. > buy tickets to this workshop OR > register for the conference
Fantasyscapes: Creating Rich Environments to Enhance Story Telling Using Light, Shadow and Creative Technologies by Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, Pat Tarr, and Sayward Wilkinson Blanc. Using natural and found materials, along with digital and other electronic tools, participants will create layered environments as backgrounds for storytelling, shadow play and puppetry.
> buy tickets to this workshop OR > register for the conference
Constructing fragmented puppets to explore personal constructs of the disabled body by Emma Fisher of Beyond the Bark Inclusive Puppet and Installation Theatre (Ireland) and Ivan Owen (USA). Learn about Fisher’s auto-ethnopuppetry play Pupa and the exo-skeleton she designed with Ivan Owen to puppeteer her own disabled limb. Then create your own rod puppet to explore how we perceive illness and disability in our own bodies. > buy tickets to this workshop OR > register for the conference