Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Dragon Dance Edition

International Dragon Dance champions Jhuo Lan Dragon Dance celebrate the year of the Sheep at Toronto's Lunarfest this weekend (photo credit: Asian Canadian Special Events Association).

Africa & The Middle East

Puppet shows from 23 countries will be featured at the İzmir Festival in Turkey.

Muffassalat is trying to lead a resurgence of puppetry in Egypt.

Asia

India’s first puppetry academy will open its doors on March 7th.

A shopping mall in Jakarta is featuring one of Indonesia’s lesser-known puppetry forms during Lunar New Year.

Australia & New Zealand

Blind Summit’s Curtis Jordan talks about Madam Butterfly at the Perth International Arts Festival.

Also in Perth recently was Handspring Puppet Company’s Ubu and the Truth Commission.

See what’s been happening at Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

Thailand’s Tookkatoon Puppeteers are coming to Wellington.

Richard Taylor discusses twenty years of Weta Workshop.

Europe

In England, some of Nottingham’s iconic buildings have been turned into puppets for an art exhibition.

Adam Bennett shares his thoughts on the puppetry in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Veteran Punch and Judy performer Morris  “Professor Codman” Millband has sadly passed away (link goes to a Facebook Page, login or registration may be required).

Photos from Germany’s first puppet slam (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

UNIMA Spain is working on a special exhibit of puppets from the Iberian Peninsula.

North America

This month’s upcoming North American puppet slams.

The Casteliers Festival begins in Montreal this week.

Tout à Trac performs Pinocchio in Toronto until March 21st.

Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art hosted a screening of Pedro Reyes’ Baby Marx.

Chinese shadow puppet performances welcomed the Year of the Sheep in Chicago.

The Felt-A-Thon is a 24 hour puppet video making marathon.

Basil Twist shares his work in puppetry at Stanford University on March 5th.

Top puppet chef Michael Schupbach was a guest of the Getting Felt Up podcast this week.

Puppeteer Mike Quinn shares his memories of working on films like Return of the Jedi and Muppets Most Wanted.

Some great music video moments with puppets.

Auditions & Job Opportunities

Australia-based Bunk Puppets is seeking puppeteers for upcoming projects. Auditions will be held in Adelaide (March 10th) and
Melbourne (April 3rd). To apply send a .pdf document (two pages maximum) summarizing your experience, press reviews, liks to on-line video clips, etc. to bunkcasting@gmail.com with your name in the subject line.

The Little Angel Theatre is hiring Front of House and Box Office staff in London, England.

Revolutionary Puppets is seeking a female puppeteer in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Calls for Entry

The UNFIX festival of Performance and Ecology in Glasgow is seeking proposals for live performances, films, installations and workshops with a theme of ecological crisis, renewal, and/or conscious physicality.

Live Works is offering a production residency culminating with performances in Northern Italy this summer.

Puppetmongers are seeking proposals for the annual Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day in Toronto.

Puppeteers of America members can submit their work to be considered for The Puppeteers of America Exhibition at the National Puppetry Festival (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page for details).

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Flabbergast Theatre’s Henry Maynard teaches puppetry, object manipulation and the devising process near Cardif, England on April 25th (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Mikey Brett offers a one day beginners’ puppetry workshop in London, England on March 14th.

You can learn to create large-scale puppets in the Italian Alps this summer.

The deadline to apply to the O’Neil Puppetry Conference in the United States is March 6th.


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