At the Aki Studio in Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East
An almost-annual totally day-long mini-conference and festival, showcasing artists taking new and ground-breaking directions in puppetry
Fresh Ideas is a day of presentations and demonstrations, discussions and hands-on workshops, culminating in an evening cabaret of fresh new performances; it is a day of exciting innovations and explorations in puppetry, a stimulating event for everyone interested in current developments in the art form.
Daytime Events 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $75 (Student/senior $70)
Evening Performances 7 p.m. $25 (Student/senior $20)
All Day & Evening Access $90 (Student/senior $80)
The workshop will explore suitcase theatre as a medium for refugee children to tell their stories. Two short puppet shows, demonstrating different suitcase theatre models, will be followed by a discussion of the rationale, materials, and methodology for developing puppet shows with newly-arrived refugee children.
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the Puppetmonger's Fresh Ideas page.
Suitcase theatre is a program I'm planning to do this summer with refugee children and youth at the Afghan Women's Organization. We've applied for a Toronto Arts Council grant that would allow for us to establish a puppetry arts centre at our Don Mills location. The plan is to do suitcase theatre during the summer, table top, hand and rod, and hand puppets during the fall, and pageantry puppets and masks in the spring. Everyone is getting very excited about upcoming puppetry programming.
I'm right in the thick of things, but PROMISE to post all kinds of photos about process next week... once I catch my breath.