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Puppet Power 2020 Presenters

SPEAKER BIOS AND PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS

We are pleased to announce that we are working with the following presenters for Puppet Power 2020. We anticipate that their inspiring and informative talks, workshops and performances will be offered in video or live streaming format. We’re just working on the details!

 


Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Amanda Petefish-Schrag is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU). A prolific playwright, director and puppeteer, Amanda’s performances and work has been showcased and recognized widely across North America. Amanda utilizes puppetry to help translate and make complex and abstract ideas within climate science accessible and actionable. Amanda’s presentation called Puppetry as Sympathetic Magic will share her efforts to facilitate this sympathetic magic of puppetry through the use of discarded material.

Puppetry as Sympathetic Magic

Place and community shape her work as a puppeteer.  Amanda lives and works in the heart of American farmland, where she witnesses tensions about the environment, territory, land use, waterways, pollution. ISU is home to world-renowned scientists and scholars who study climate whose discoveries are often greeted with skepticism, disbelief, or outright avoidance by their rural neighbours. As in so many similar communities, there is a struggle to translate data into belief. As a puppeteer, Amanda is able to utilize this unique opportunity to make complex and abstract ideas within climate science not only palpable and real, but also actionable.

www.petefish-schrag.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lku47oy5gCg preview video for 2018 production of “Iphigenia”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM2AQJOqMEg material in puppetry


Aretta Baumgartner & Thom Stanley

Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask and movement. She’s been a professional puppeteer and actress/vocalist/movement artist since 1992 and is proud to be the Education Director at the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA—the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States where she oversees more than 50 distinct types of educational programming and outreach. She is an active performer, teacher and creator of new works for puppetry. As a testament to her leadership in the puppetry community, Aretta was recently elected President of the Puppeteers of America. Aretta has performed, coached and taught throughout the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada and Honduras. She’s a member of Association of Theatre Movement Educators, Atlanta Puppetry Guild, Educational Theatre Association and UNIMA-USA. When not puppeteering, Aretta sings in 2 bands and acts on Atlanta-area stages.

Thom Stanley is a producer and puppeteer from Atlanta, Georgia and co-owner of Bob’s Your Uncle Production, a puppetry focused production company.

Thom performed with the Muppets in “Muppets from Space” for The Jim Henson Company and has puppeteered in numerous independent short films including as lead puppeteer for the short film “Nature Calls” (New Puppet Order, 2017 Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series). Thom worked as puppet builder and performer on the series pilot, “Freestyle Love Supreme” with Lin Manuel Miranda for Adult Swim. He has crafted numerous original, theatrical pieces and participated in four Xperimental Puppetry Theater festivals at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. His most recent puppetry performance is “Shadow Realm,” a segment for the interactive production, Dreamland for Immerse 2019 by Creative City Project, Orlando. Regularly, Thom can be found performing in the Puckin Fuppet Show, (USA National Puppet Slam Network), teaching puppetry for television, and mentoring puppeteers. When Thom isn’t building or performing puppets, he works as a freelance Art Director and Producer in advertising and marketing.
Thom and Aretta have collaborated on nine original puppet theatre productions.

PERFORMANCE: “learning to fly”

Set in a high-rise office building, “learning to fly” introduces us to two co-workers in a shared office. They are more than just business associates: their conversation is not only cordial discussion, it’s electric. It makes coming to the office more rewarding than the job itself. And this day was just like every other. Until…

In an instant, everything around them goes black. The world as they know it has inexplicably changed and their very fate is in question. Cut off from the rest of humanity they scramble for answers and struggle with their consequences. As they come to grips with their situation, they reflect upon their lives, decisions and dreams.

When they finally see another person, they are shown the way out. Although they’d not been looking for it, it was right in front of them the whole time. Stay or go? The results are going to be the same and their choice is one no one should ever have to make.

Inspired by historical images and recordings, “learning to fly” combines multiple artistic elements, including tabletop puppets, multimedia, and a unique soundscape, into one human story about the power of hope and choice in the face of death.

Collaborative Puppetry Playshop
(a hands-on workshop experience)

Join Aretta Baumgartner, Education Director of Atlanta’s renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in a unique Collaborative Puppetry Playshop. This session will open new doors to creativity and connection using the magic of puppetry!

As puppetry is an art and craft for ALL theatre-makers, ALL creative humans are invited—this means YOU!

Designers, builders, writers, dramaturgs, directors, technicians and performers can all find a home here.  Explore the concepts that make puppetry such a powerful classroom and theatre-making tool, e.g. the liberation that comes from disappearing into a puppet, the knowledge of how your one-of-a-kind body works for you when your create theatre, the idea that stillness is as important as movement, the revelation that properties and costumes and set pieces are utilized to better advantage when approached as “puppets,” and the useful difference between attention and tension. High points on our journey include playing with actor to puppeteer transformation exercises, creating simple Bunraku-inspired puppets, and putting these puppets into action in a world-premiere devised collaborative scene.

This session has been highly regarded and presented at numerous theaters and esteemed conferences such as the Educational Theatre Association’s National Teacher’s Conference and the Mississippi Theatre Association Teacher’s Workshop.

www.puppet.org

TWITTER:       @ToPuppet, @CtrPuppetryArts

www.facebook.com/learningtoflypuppetplay/
www.facebook.com/CenterforPuppetryArts/

INSTAGRAM: @learningtoflypuppetplay        @ctr_puppetry_arts


Kenneth Gross

Kenneth Gross’s books include The Dream of the Moving Statue, Shakespeare’s Noise, and Shylock is Shakespeare. His Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life was co-winner of the 2011-12 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.  Gross received his doctorate in English Literature from Yale University.  A former fellow of the Guggenheim, Bellagio, and Bogliasco Foundations, and the American Academy in Berlin, he teaches English at the University of Rochester. He was born in New York City and lives in Rochester and Brooklyn, NY.

Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life Reading and Q & A

Kenneth Gross will read from his book, Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life, followed by a moderated Q & A.

The puppet emerges in this book as a hungry creature, trickster, seducer, and destroyer, demon and clown. It’s a test of our experience of things, of the human and inhuman. A book about re-seeing what we know, or what we think we know, Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life evokes the startling power of puppets as mirrors of the uncanny in life and art.

Guided Conversations About the Uncanny

Kenneth Gross, author of Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life, will oversee a discussion of the strangeness of puppet theater, its mystery, even its creepiness, and how these things speak more broadly to our experience of ourselves and the world.  In addition to looking at handful of literary texts about puppets, participants will be invited to share stories and memories of their own most uncanny encounters with puppets, dolls, statues, and ordinary objects, moments when these things have acquired for them a surprising, perhaps dangerous or ghostly life.

“The puppet creates delight and fear. It can call to mind the innocent play of childhood or become a tool of ritual magic, an entity able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets can be creepy things, secretive, inanimate yet full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice.”

—Kenneth Gross in Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life


Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark
Barb English

Jodi Lammiman and Amy Spark co-created Refugia Retreats out of a desire to integrate the emotional, spiritual and

mental health aspects of environmental and social justice conversations with personal and community contemplative practice.  Refugia is a scientific term referring to places that become safe spaces for organisms and life to endure in the midst of upheaval. Jodi hasa Bachelor of Sacred Literature, Master of Arts in Leadership and a Certification in Spiritual Direction.  Amy is an environmental scientist and advocate focused on the intersection between ecological and mental health. Her work highlights ecological grief – the emotional experience after the loss of cherished natural spaces.

Barb English, BED, BA in International Relations from UBC. Barb recently retired from the Calgary Board of Education in order to pursue her lifelong interest in art, making and puppetry. She spent her career supporting students with complex social/emotional learning needs and is passionate about inclusive education, trauma informed practice, and using art as a medium to support mental health and wellness. Currently, Barb is teaching wet felting workshops to students in K- to Gr2 with ArtFelt Studios. She loves that all children can find success when using wool as a medium to create.  Barb joined WP Puppet Theatre in Fall 2019 to help design and facilitate workshops that use puppetry to discuss mental health & wellness.

The Council of All Beings

What does it mean to be human (and non-human) in this era of climate change? Step aside from your human identity and speak as another life form. Join Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark from Refugia Retreats for the Council of All Beings, an exercise adapted from the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy.

Participants will create felt finger puppets as representations of the natural world with artist Barb English and engage in dialogue to give voice to the voiceless. By thinking like mountains, fish, or fungi, can we discover what it means to be human while practicing empathy and compassion with the more-than-human world? All materials are included.

 

http://www.refugiaretreats.com/

https://www.facebook.com/refugiaretreats

Instagram: @refugia_retreats


Juanita Dawn & Pat Roziti Long Grass Studio & Workshop

Inside an unassuming red home, 5 mins west of Calgary, with a handcrafted sign out front, Juanita and Pat spend their days turning fantasy to reality. Their little workshop, dubbed The Long Grass Studio & Workshop, creates puppets of all types and sizes for theatres across Canada.

Juanita was born to build puppets!  Her puppets have performed on stages large and small, near and far.  Recent works include The Bench, (Long Grass Studio), Giant (Ghost River Theatre), Ghost Opera (Old Trout Puppet Workshop with The Calgary Opera), Mimic, (Decidedly Jazz Dance Works), Kayak (Between Shifts Theatre Co), Gourmenghast, (Marilyn Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Theater, Brock University), Snow Angel, (Quest Theater), From Naughty to Nice, (National Film Board and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop) …and many more!

Pat discovered glass fusion while attending a pottery studio conference in Phoenix Az. He found that glass made a great addition to his ceramic studio shop. From this humble beginning, that the passion for fused glass would become a central focus of his life. Over the last few years Pat has been exploring, creating and perfecting many different aspects of fused glass art. His passion for design and colour is evident in his work.

The Bench

It is true that a bench is a place to sit and share space with others. Often we find them dotting parkways and unassumingly serving the public. This particular bench in the story is just that, an island in the sea of bustling daily life. It is used to rest weary bones, contemplate nature, share confidences and or remember loved ones who found solace in the view it offered. Generally, each of us is welcome to use this simple furnishing in our own way. Which leads us to the premise, does everyone have the right to use it? Are there some more or less worthy to do so? The Bench demonstrates how one simple structure can affect the lives of many and explores what makes a true community.

This delightfully entertaining thirty-minute play allows you to smile and reflect on life emulated entirely through puppetry. If you frequently find yourself sitting in a show and asking BUT WHERE ARE ALL THE PUPPETS? Then this is the show for you.

Appropriate for puppet lovers big and small. This show is suitable for ages 12 and up.Performance of The Bench includes a 10-minute intermission followed by a Presentation and an Artists Talk-Back.

www.longgrassstudio.ca

https://www.facebook.com/The-Long-Grass-Studio-and-Workshop

INSTAGRAM: #longgrassstudio


Fif Fernandes-Boyd & Hamish Boyd

Fif Fernandes-Boyd received her BFA, specializing in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Calgary and has been performing professionally, teaching and facilitating various retreats and workshops internationally since 1984.

Hamish Boyd, received his BFA in Drama from the University of Alberta and has worked professionally as an actor in classical theatre, improvisation and musicals, on radio, stage, film and television since 1977. Together they have trained and are certified Laughter Yoga Leaders, and co-founded of The Art of Peace Camp, a Camp for Kids with youth in Canada and Uganda where they facilitate laughter and teach peace activities through the arts to teenagers and young adults who have been brutalized by war.

As Medical Clowns with the MedDiClown Academy in Auroville, India, Fif and Hamish design and implement retreats, courses, seminars and workshops in communication skills, mindfulness, laughter, play, storytelling, puppetry and humour. Their work has been termed as a social technology for creating active transformation through inventive play and creative exploration, using puppets for healing through storytelling, performing arts and mindfulness activities. The healing power of the simple puppet has had a profound impact on the people Fif and Hamish work with.

Empowering play for sustainable change

Fif Fernandes-Boyd and Hamish Boyd of MeDiClown Academy in India will share how they have used found objects to create puppets, and how they utilize existing objects and puppets in their practice of employing empowering play for sustainable change. Their interactive presentation will weave together video clips, demonstration, discussion and inspirational stories of transformation on how their medical clowning engages people of all backgrounds.

They will detail the process of breathing life into puppets and imbuing puppets with the 5 senses and the 6 invisible superpowers. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and expand the range of their own movement and voice and give the puppet a life of its own thus building a strong understanding of the outcomes of creative play and how they can apply the tools and social technology in their own professional and personal lives.

www.mediclownacademy.org


Andrea Markovits & Polo Fernàndez

Andrea Markovits trained as a Special Education Teacher, studied Drama Therapy at the University of Chile and Puppetry at the School of Puppetry and Drama in Israel. Today, she is a puppet therapist whose practice is directed to memory and trauma, violation of children’s rights, imprisoned women, survivors of war and political repression, relatives of the detained-disappeared and people with disabilities. She has developed significant and effective puppetry & puppet therapy programs for people under social risk.

 

Polo Fernàndez graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Spanish Language from Universidad de La Serena, Chile and also studied Puppetry at the School of Puppetry and Drama in Israel. Andrea is the academic director of the Diploma in Puppet Therapy, Chile, and both Andrea and Polo teach in the program. Together, they founded the Puppets in Transit Company in 2010. Much of their work is focussed around how puppets can be used to heal individual and collective trauma and memories.

 

Puppet Therapy: Objects, Memory, and Activation

Puppet therapy methodologies created and developed by Puppets in Transit (Andrea & Polo) have been effectively implemented with different groups and programs aimed at assisting victims and relatives of the detained-disappeared during the military dictatorship in Chile (1973-1990).

By constructing a puppet, like an embodied metaphor of the detained-disappeared and the individual and collective pain, the therapeutic healing power increases and the puppet becomes a symbol and an intermediary object which stimulates individual and collective work. Simultaneously, generating collective dialogue culminating in the performative processing of trauma memories. This methodology has been shown to have a high impact on audiences and is effective and meaningful as a complementary expressive therapy, within the ambit of mental health therapies.

Participants will experience the therapeutic and expressive dimension of puppets and objects by using the methodology to create a collective puppet made of newspaper; become familiar with the way Bunrakus are moved; and learn how to make their puppet come alive.

Participants will experience, discover and reflect deeply about objects and how they are linked to their memories and lives.

www.munecoterapia.cl

Instagram: @munecoterapia

https://www.facebook.com/puppetsintransit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85omRQSjHZU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCnLpt-o3bQ


Nina Vogel

Blessed with strong intuition, Nina connects with those dreams that seek to come forth in the real world and, through the language of music, creates a gateway into substance. From this musical universe em

erge the story, the characters and the décor which she designs and creates herself. An imaginary world comes to life, reflecting the deepest human aspirations. Her solo performances, both poetic and intense, blend song, puppets, costume-scenarios and dance. This trained lyric singer and actress was introduced to the art of puppeteering during an artists’ residency in Chile.

The Toulouse-Lautrec marionette earned her two scholarships of excellence from Université du Québec à Montréal is one such being that Nina brings to life. Since 2015, Nina has been traveling throughout the Americas and France, performing in theaters and festivals.

Her newest creation ConCordis – the Heart Lambe-Lambe, a one-on-one animation is set to travel the world in 2020 and be presented in Indonesia, Chypre, China, Brazil and throughout South America, in the quest to meet other people’s hearts, to produce a poetic documentary on it.

“Nina Vogel is a magician, who creates art to reconnect us all with our inner child.”   – Magali Balles

 ConCordis – the Heart Lambe-Lambe (presented in French)

 2020. Our planet has 7.7 billion human hearts, 5 billion cell phones, 3 billion social network users. We are surrounded by mass shows, photos, videos, podcasts. Everything is done to attract the greatest number of views and people. Suddenly you are invited to go to the theater and discover that you are not going to share the audience with anyone. The artist is there, waiting to receive each of her spectators individually, with her minimalist stage. A heart so big that surpasses the lines of the artist’s body. She holds it wide open in her arms and invites the viewer to approach. Inside, a small inhabitant and unsuspected miniature universes reveal themselves in a journey to find what makes a heart beat. Can one miniature puppet perform human agency, through what we have the most human of all: our feelings?

Nina Vogel invites us to approach the other’s heart and listen to yours, by sharing the creative process of her latest creation – ConCordis- the Lambe-Lambe Heart.

2020.Notre planète a 7,7 milliards de cœurs humains, 5 milliards de téléphones portables, 3 milliards d’utilisateurs de réseaux sociaux. Nous sommes entourés d’émissions de masse, de photos, de vidéos, de podcasts, tous faits pour attirer le plus grand nombre de vues et de personnes. Tout à coup, vous êtes invité à aller au théâtre et à découvrir que vous n’allez partager le public avec personne. L’artiste est là, attendant pour recevoir chacun de ses spectateurs, individuellement, avec sa scène minimaliste. Un cœur si grand qu’il dépasse les lignes du corps de l’artiste. Elle le tient grand ouvert entre ses bras et invite le spectateur à s’approcher. À l’intérieur, un petit être et des univers miniatures insoupçonnés se révèlent dans un voyage à la rencontre de ce qui fait battre son cœur.Peut une seule marionnette en miniature performer agentivité humaine, à travers ce qu’on a de plus humain chez nous : nos sentiments ?

Nina Vogel nous invite à approcher du cœur de l’autre pour approcher son propre cœur, à travers le partage du processus créateur de sa dernière création – ConCordis, le Cœur Lambe-Lambe.

www.ninavogelart.com
https://web.facebook.com/NinaVogel8
Instagram:                   @ninavogelart
ConCordis:                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scFzWvj0-WA
ConCordis:                  https://youtu.be/UAokEVdeh7M


AI, Puppets and All things Uncanny Panel

Kenneth Gross (New York) Author

Kenneth Gross’s Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life was co-winner of the 2011-12 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.  Gross received his doctorate in English Literature from Yale University.  A former fellow of the Guggenheim, Bellagio, and Bogliasco Foundations, and the American Academy in Berlin, he teaches English at the University of Rochester. He was born in New York City and lives in Rochester and Brooklyn, NY.

Neil Cadger (Kelowna) Performer, Director, Professor

Neil Cadger graduated from the Lecoq Theatre School in Paris in 1984 and co-founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium. Wissel Theatre created performances and toured Europe and North America for a decade; he subsequently performed with theatre/dance companies in Europe and Canada.  In 2000 he began teaching mask, mime and movement at the University of Saskatchewan’s Drama Department. In 2005, he launched the BFA Interdisciplinary Performance program at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna
where he currently teaches. Neil founded the Living Things International Arts
Festival – an annual festival of puppets, masks, object theatre and related
devices – in 2017.

Lan Troung (Calgary) Director of Marketing & Business, ASICA

“My hope for integrating Artificial Intelligence in everyday life is to improve the quality of life by equalizing and enhancing everyone’s skillsets. ”

Lan has over 15 years of business experience in maximizing operations, building invaluable client relationships, and providing solutions for company growth. After graduating with a Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, she found her passion in supporting industries and management in bridging gaps and realizing their business strengths and direction. Her role as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for ASICA, an Artificial Intelligence software company, continues to challenge and push her boundaries of solving complex business problems using technology. When she is not at the office, you will most likely find her researching market and culture trends (for fun) and trying out crazy cookie recipes.

Claire Mikalauskas (Calgary) MSc Computational Media Design

Claire is a UX designer with a passion for visual art, creative writing, and live performance. She recently graduated from the University of Calgary and is always looking for new ways to combine her love of technology with the fine arts. Claire also has a BSc in computer science with a minor in visual studies and art history.

 

AI, Puppets and all things Uncanny Panel

What kind of “imitation of life” is a puppet? What is most special about the way we find life in the puppet? How is such life different from the life we might or might not attribute to daily or sacred objects? As a living artifact, how is the puppet’s life similar to or different from the “life” of real or imaginary robots, or the images produced by video animation, motion capture, and computer-generated imagery?
What difference does it make that the puppet is a creature of the theater?
How do we understand the difference between an invisible and a visible puppeteer?
Is the medium the message?
The panel will discuss these and other questions, ranging broadly between puppet theater, traditional and experimental, and other ideas of animation and artificial life, including the products of digital technology.


Reneltta Arluk & Daniela Marsalis

Gordon Patrick White as Higguk and Bruce Hunter as Angu’juaq in The Breathing Hole. Photography by Cylla von Tiedemann.(c) Stratford Theatre

Reneltta Arluk is an actor, playwright, poet, director and producer, who has performed globally. She is currently the Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre. She has directed at The Stratford Festival and received the 2017 Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of The Breathing Hole. Some of her many additional credits include: Marie Clement’s Copper Thunderbird at the National Arts Centre; touring with Human Cargo’s Night; the world premiere of Chantel Bilodeau’s Sila (Underground Theatre; Cambridge, MA); and, Hardline Productions’ RedPatch (Vancouver, BC). She was the first Indigenous woman to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Alberta and is committed to stories inspired by Indigenous language and has worked in depth with Indigenous and minority youth through her theatre advocacy work.

 Daniela Marsalis

Daniela Masellis is theatre designer and artist based in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta), on the Treaty 6 Traditional Lands of the First Nations and Metis people. Daniela’s training includes a B.F.A. of Theatre Design from the University of Alberta, a Grant MacEwan Diploma of Fine Arts, and a design apprenticeship in Italy at ‘Teatro alla Scala Milano’. She has designed in theatres large and small across Canada, collaborating on over 65 professional productions. Her credits include work with such companies as The Stratford Festival, The Citadel, Workshop West, Kill your Television, Mile Zero Dance, Shadow Theatre, Western Canadian Theatre, The Maggie Tree, L’Uniteatre, Akpik Theatre, and many others.  Daniela works mainly in the areas of set, props, lighting, and projection design for live performance and is ever interested in expanding her discipline into the worlds of film, installation and interior design.

 The Breathing Hole

The Breathing Hole was specially commissioned by the Stratford Festival to mark Canada 150. Set in the Arctic, this highly impactful and moving play written by Colleen Murphy, directed by Reneltta Arluk, centres on the 500-year saga of a polar bear named Angu’juaq, which translates to “a big man” in Inuktitut.

Beautifully designed by Daniela Masellis, audiences follow Angu’juaq from birth in an Inuit community in 1534 to an encounter in 1832 with English explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew. The journey continues through to the 21st century, looking at the lives of a biologist and security guard working for an oil company, and a future devastated by global warming.

This production marked many firsts for Stratford: its first Inuit director; its first commission focused on the North and Indigenous people; and its first cast featuring a large number of Indigenous characters, played by eight Indigenous actors.

Join Reneltta as she shares her journey, process, and impact of the production of The Breathing Hole. This talk is approximately 45 mins followed by a Q&A with Reneltta Arluk and Daniela Masellis.

Reneltta Arluk

Instagram:                    @rarluk

Twitter:                         @AuspiciousR

https://www.facebook.com/akpiktheatre/

Daniela Masellis          https://danielamasellis.wixsite.com/danieladesign


 Rebeka Haigh

Rebeka Haigh is a maker, puppeteer and illustrator based in the North of England. She is also the co-founder, Director, Head Puppeteer and Head Maker at the outdoor puppet theatre company, Frolicked.

Frolicked specializes in unique, visually striking experiences for outdoor audiences and unusual location. Frolicked’s self-devised, interactive and magical shows and games have captivated people of all ages and nationalities, and our growing family of original puppets have toured to delighted audiences across Europe. Frolicked’s work often combines interactive performance, game design and simple technology in surprising ways.

Magical Interactions: How to Use Interactive Technology to Engage Audiences

In a world where technology (for better or worse) is becoming an integral and fundamental part of our culture, an outdoor performer, Rebeka explores ways in which we can subvert or use this technology to our advantage.
Delightfully surprising audience interactions are key to an outdoor performer’s success. This outdoor puppetry maker found herself asking:

Can a performer introduce ways for participants to interact with shows through the technology they carry around with them?

How can we use technologically enhance our direct interactions with an audience?

Rebeka has explored both the electronics and code to: make parts of a model move or change using Twitter, and make an interactive lighting system, where audiences tell us their favourite colour and we trigger this to light up within a costume, as well as how technology triggered by social media can be used with a walkabout performance and its response.

When integrated technology compliments the narrative, it can add a magical layer to an already engaging piece of work.

Join Rebekah as she shares her knowledge of how to use puppetry and leverage existing technology to create magical interactions with her audiences. This relevant talk will explore interactive, emerging technologies and how they relate to the puppetry sector.

https://frolicked.co.uk/blog/


Dolly Wiggler Cabaret produced by Calgary Animated Object Society

This raucous night of puppetry for adult audiences is wild, weird, and extremely popular. Produced by CAOS madwoman Xstine Cook and hosted by the ever hilarious Mooky, the annual Dolly Wiggler Cabaret features a packed roster local greats and international stars, staging short bits of brilliance and new raw material in edgy, hilarious and unforgettable performances that will leave a mark on your psyche. VIP tickets get you special front row seats to this licensed 18+ event.


 

Using the power of puppetry to impact social change.