Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Compagnie Philippe Genty Edition

France's world renowned Compagnie Philippe Genty will be teaching two puppetry masterclasses in Australia next month.

Asia

Russia’s Omsk State Puppet Theatre won the Grand-Prix at the 4th International Golden Magnolia Puppet Festival in Shanghai.

The Indian temple city of Bishnupur will play host to French puppeteers.

The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival takes place in New Dehli, India February 3rd to 12th.

Ten year-old Thet Paing Htwe Oo is an apprentice with Mynamar’s Htwe Oo Theatre.

Australia & New Zealand

A look at the Sydney Festival’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Also at the Sydney Festival is Falling Through Clouds.

Marianne Mette’s Baz ‘N’ Snags plays at the National Museum of Australia on Australia Day.

Europe

Tommy Bradshaw might be Britain’s youngest Punch and Judy performer.

Here are six new puppet shows to see in London.

One of them is Basil Twist’s Dogugaeshi at the Barbican.

Slavka Jovanovic is the manger of The Little Angel Theatre’s new training studios.

English and German scientists are using puppets to study how 6- to 12-month-old babies learn.

Germany’s first-ever puppet slam takes place on February 22nd (link goes to a German Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).

Latin America & The Caribbean

The latest report from UNIMA’s Commission for Latin America (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

The programming for the 2015 Castliers Festival in Montreal has been announced (link goes to a French language web site).

Jonathan White’s keynote address at Concordia University explains the connection between Muppets and hard science.

The popular Ontario puppet festival Puppets Up! is expanding this summer.

Robin Polfuss discusses puppetry and bringing her alter ego Puppet What What to life.

Registration is now open for the Puppeteers of America’s 2015 National Puppetry Festival.

Dave Goelz talks about his career with the Muppets.

The Windy City is embracing the Chicago International Festival of Puppet Theatre.

At the festival, Chicago-based Manual Cinema is earning rave reviews.

Lee Bryan is performing The Big Bad, Little Red, Pig Show at The Center For Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

The Little Angel Theatre is seeking a female puppeteer in London, England.

Theatre-Rites is seeking a lead puppeteer for their 2015 Christmas production at London’s Polka Theatre.

Calls for Entry

Grants for educational and theraputic puppetry are now available from UNIMA’s Education, Development and Therapy Commission

The Titirijai International Puppet Festival is now accepting applications for its 2015 edition in Spain (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Elsewhere in Spain, applications are also available for the 26th annual Puppet Theatre Fair of Lleida.

Festival Marionnettes Plein la Rue is now accepting proposals for street performances in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (link goes to a French language web site).

Asheville, North Carolina’s Wham Bam Puppet Slam is looking for short puppetry performances (link goes to a Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).

The Skirball Cultural Center is seeking puppetry acts for its fourth annual Family Puppet Festival in Los Angeles.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Discover the techniques of the world-renowned Company Phillipe Genty in their upcoming puppetry masterclasses in Australia.

You can learn to make marionettes in Paris (link goes to a French language .pdf file)

UNIMA Spain offers intensive puppetry training in Tolosa June 29th – July 7th (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

The Humber Puppetry Intensive and Master Class series takes place in Toronto, Canada in June.

Also in Toronto, Alexander Mergold teaches tabletop puppet construction beginning February 8th.

Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal and Pasha Romanowski teach their annual Beyond The Sock film and television puppetry workshop at the University Of North Texas May 19th – 23rd.


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