Puppet Power 2018: Story
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At our 2018 conference we explored the transformative power that puppetry has to tell stories, inspire dialogue and make meaning of our world today!
The Puppet Power conference helps people discover a new way to impact change in the world by using puppetry. The conference presents key learnings and tools vital to professionals in education and healthcare, therapists, and visual and performing artists. Sparking the imagination, the conference is for anyone inspired to express themselves creatively, develop personal and professional skills and promote positive social change.
Offering world-class professional development, Puppet Power 2018 featured award-winning local and international presenters and master puppeteers, sharing their stories and skills in an educational, engaging and fun environment through hands-on workshops, talks, panels, and special networking events.
Our conference featured speakers from around the globe including:
- Jovanka Rivi, Pedagogista, Reggio Children, Italy
- Mike Czuba of Dancing Monkey Laboratories (Calgary), the “animateur” for the conference
- Emma Fisher of Beyond the Bark (Ireland) & Ivan Owen (USA)
- Andrew Periale, editor of Puppetry International – UNIMA USA (New Hampshire)
- Ann Powell and David Powell of Puppetmongers Theatre (Toronto)
- Amihan Bonifacio-Ramolete of Teatrong Mulat Ng Pilipinas (Mulat Theatre) (Philippines)
- Juanita Dawn of The Long Grass Studios (Calgary)
- Nan Balkwill of the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (Calgary)
- Sonia Norris (Toronto) who will be speaking about her collaboration with Handspring Puppet Theatre (South Africa)
- Sylvia Kind from Capilano University (Vancouver)
- Pia Banzhaf from Michigan State University (USA)
- Glenn Taylor (Calgary)
- Ken Bighetty, Kelsey Bighetty and Russell Bighetty of Bighetty Puppets (Pukatawagin, Manitoba)
- Plus fun from Calgary Animated Object’s Society’s Dolly Wiggler Cabaret
Check out this video where a motley cast of colourful puppet activists raise their voices to celebrate World Puppetry Day and join the chorus of dissent in search of a little more respect (and their own conference)
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Plenary address, Our Own Witnesses, by Mike Czuba: https://dancingmonkeylab.com/2018/06/02/a-monkey-walks-into-a-puppet-conference/
Corrina Duhn’s Life Outside the Box was presented at Puppet Potpourri at the conference:
This video “The Danger of a Single Story” provided some of our background ideas for the conference:
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. —Robert McKee
Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story. — Janet Litherland
Beginning with Native oral stories, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, in an effort to make sense of North America’s relationship with its Aboriginal peoples.