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FEBRUARY - 2013

IN THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER

PUPPET WHAT WHAT ON DUPONT ST!
• Toronto Puppet Collective - PUPPET ALLSORTS - DREAMS- Sold Out!
• FOAM & FUR WORKSHOP -
4 more puppets completed
• Puppet What What's friend Socks on the News!

Next workshop: Marionette Building - 3 more days to sign up

• PUPPET ALLSORTS: PUNCH &JUDY, Mike Petersen (only 2 tickets left)
Little Orange Man
• Puppet Power Conference - Calgary
Playwriting, Puppets, and Dramaturgy: A Symposium–March 8 and 9
• Humber College: Puppetry Intensive
WAYANG-WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL

• Folkmanis Puppets
• Vintage/Antique

• Skabelse - puppet animation
• GUINOL puppets from my collection
• Meredith Bixby Marionettes; Edward Gorey Doc Cli
• Mario Mirabassi

• Stan Parker Marionettes

• CAFE CON LECHE
• Basement Studio Available for Rent
• Image Foundry

• Zocalo

NOW IN THE WINDOW
JOIN PUPPET WHAT WHAT
in decorating the FEBRUARY window!!

 

HEY ALL, DROP BY and pick up a heart to decorate or bring a SNOWFLAKE OR HEART YOU'VE MADE AT HOME TO HANG IN THE WINDOW. YOU CAN ADD A MESSAGE OR DRAWING IF YOU'D LIKE TOO.

PUPPET WHAT WHAT WOULD LOVE IT. Visit her Facebook Page for updates

 

IF YOU DROP SOMETHING OFF AFTER HOURS JUST LEAVE IT IN THE MAILBOX WITH THE HEART ON IT!

 
MORE ABOUT PUPPET WHAT WHAT: She's a geek, does science fiction themed shows all May online, fav tv show is Doctor Who (and best friends are The Soctor who is with her in the shop window, a Sock Zebra named Zorah, and alien named Zlorg & another alien named The Master Master who happens to be the Soctor's nemesis) and she hangs out with Santa Claus in the North Pole and helps him out just before Christmas (Talk With Santa, a live phone in show on Rogers Cable, Mississauga). She's performed on tv, online and live at cabarets and puppet slams & occasionally visits sci fi conventions. She passionately hates yoyos (mainly because of the string - she is too small to yoyo.) She loves chocolate and tea parties. She is aware that once upon a time she was a sock, but has no memory of that existence, and is very happy and proud that she is a puppet now.

PUPPET WHAT WHAT'S SLAVE ROBIN POLFUSS was recently featured on Global TV talking about de minkys.

 

   
Another Sold Out Show Out!
 

Puppet fans of all ages gathered last month to watch Artichoke Heart Collective perform a trio of shadow puppet vignettes. The packed room and the questions after the show added to the experience.

Mike Petersen whose show PUNCH & JUDY was in the room with some of his puppets to answer questions and as of going to press there are only 2 tickets left. Get your tickets soon.

 

 

FOAM & FUR February 2013

 

This workshop produced a CAT, MONSTER, COW and OLD MAN! BEAUTIFUL WORK everyone!

THE NEXT WORKSHOP is MARIONETTE BUILDING - see below for details.

 

THERE ARE STILL SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THE MARIONETTE WORKSHOP - SIGN UP SOON

Marionette Workshop Description

In this workshop participants, over four days, will construct their own marionette using polymer and air-dry clays. Concepts of three-dimensional sculptural form will be taught in making of the head and hands and feet and fundamental principles of painting will be introduced in order to bring each character to life. Each participant will also learn how to string and dress their puppet and basic marionette manipulation will also be covered.


Marionette Building Workshop
DATE & TIME:

4 classes, Sundays
February 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 2013

(If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
)

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs
1597 Dupont Street
Toronto ON M6P 3S8

AGE GROUP: People 12 and older
COST: $300 + HST(this includes all materials)

To Download the Workshop Description
Click Here
to Download Registration Form click here
email or call (416) 531-1290

Once you have completed the registration form email, mail, or drop off at Open Door Designs. Feel free to call to confirm (416) 531-1290.

You may pay by credit card, Debit or cheque by dropping by the store. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

NEW WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED! CLASS SIZES ARE SMALL SO PLEASE SIGN UP EARLY
If you have a group of 4-8 people we can organize workshops to suit your schedule.
ARTIST
WORKSHOP
DATES & TIMES
COST

4 classes, Sundays
February 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 2013

$300 + HST
(materials included)
1 day
Sunday, March 24, 2013
$150 + HST
(materials included)

4 classes, Sundays
April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$300 + HST
(materials included)

4 classes, Sundays
May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$300 + HST
(materials included)

PUNCH & JUDY - NOW SOLD OUT
(if you are interested get on the waitlist by emailing us and if we have a big enough response we'll put on a second show)

They’re all here – the loving wife, the teetering toddler, the crusty cop, the voracious crocodile, and of course, the mischievous Mr. Punch himself in all his trouble-making glory! Come celebrate the 350th anniversary of one of the oldest puppet traditions on Earth, with Mike Petersen’s Good Old Fashioned Punch & Judy Show!

Mike Petersen has performed across Canada, throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Britain, Singapore and Poland with such companies as Mermaid Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Kaleidoscope Theatre, the Edinburgh Puppet Company, Poland’s Teatr Arlekin, and Theatre Beyond Words. Film and television credits include Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, and the award-winning CBC pre-school series The Mighty Jungle. Mike created and performed in As You Puppet at YPT, and also played host “Papageno” in a series of classical music concerts for children called Music & Truffles. Most recently he performed with Frank Meschkuleit in 65 episodes of The New Adventures of Toopy & Binoo, airing soon on Treehouse.

Doors open at 2:40pm - come early and see some puppet exhibits and play in the KIDS THEATRE.

click here for more information

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TICKETS LEFT
FOR PUNCH & JUDY
I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU GET YOUR TICKETS FOR
RABBIT & BEARPAWS
SOON!


Buy tickets online using your credit card or in person at Open Door Designs and avoid the ticket fees (Cash or Debit only).

I'M GOING - CAN'T WAIT!

Little Orange Man in Toronto
you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pee.
Edible puppetry, LED shadows


TORONTO tour dates: Tues Feb 19th @ 4pm & 730pm

In Little Orange Man the audience arrives to find that they have all signed up via craigslist to volunteer to be guinea pigs in a child’s dream experiment. What emerges through the fast-paced humour is the honest efforts of an outcast child, who entrusts a group of strangers to help fight her darkest battle. Music, innovations in LED shadow puppetry and dark Danish fables. Rated E for Everyone.

Venue : Arcadia Performance Space, 680 Queen’s Quay West
(where Bathurst hits the water)

Tickets : $10 – Seating is limited.
Email rsvpsnafu@gmail.com to reserve tickets.
snafudance.com

Puppets and You
Puppet Workshops in Almonte, Ontario


 

click here for more information

Puppets, Professionals and YOU!
11 Specialized Classes, taught by 10 professional artists, for anyone who loves PUPPETS!
There are workshops for:
Adults (18+)
Parent and Child Pairs (6 to 99)
Children (6+)
Learn from an outstanding, talented group of artists that have come together to offer these special programs.
Small intimate classes
Beginner to novice level
Take home something tangible from every class
ALL materials are included
Enjoy the art of puppet making
10% of proceeds go to Puppets Up!
Be a part of the puppet family

March 9 and 10, 2013
The Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A Conference Exploring HowPuppets Innovatively Address the Tough Issues
Facing Us in Today's World...

...for educators, helping professionals, artists, activists, idea generators and students

 

More information

 

Playwriting, Puppets, and Dramaturgy: A Symposium–March 8 and 9
BY BALLARD
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2013


Puppeteers, playwrights, dramaturgs, and students from the Northeast will meet together at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 for a symposium exploring the different ways that puppets and play texts connect in performance. The event is sponsored by the Ballard Institute and UConn’s Puppet Arts Program.

For more info click here

The Humber College Puppetry Intensive is an exciting, rigorous, hands-on, 12 day training program in the art of puppet theatre, taught by some of the best professional puppet artists in North America.
Participants will survey the many modes of puppetry through the study of breath, impulse, movement and voice as they relate to object animation and puppet manipulation. The principals and techniques of puppet design, construction, mechanisms of movement, and performance creation will be explored in a puppet lab setting. All classes will take place in the recently renovated, state-of-the-art facilities of Humber College’s Arts and Media Studios. MORE INFO

WAYANG-WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL
in JAKARTA and BALI, INDONESIA
1 - 8 September 2013

"Dear Puppeteers:
World Puppet Carnival with the Indonesian Puppeteers Association PEPADI and the Government of Indonesia invite you to participate in the spectacular Wayang - World Puppet Carnival in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia from 1 to 8 September 2013. Share your talents and see the world of Wayang Puppets. Over 60 productions from around the world will be selected to perform in beautiful, exotic Indonesia, birthplace of famous Wayang Puppetry, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site."

more info

 
As much as I find Facebook annoying it is a great connector to the international scene...I am finding many things on my daily perusal!

Skabelse (Creation) - A live-video-animation from Teater Refleksion on Vimeo.

Cast: Bjarne Kalhøj, Mariann Aagaard, Henrik Andersen
Director: Bjarne Sandborg
Assistant director: Helle Sikjær
Music: Henrik Andersen
Puppets / set design: Mariann Aagaard assisted by Kristen Rosenkrants Grann, Anna Maria Olby Bertouch-Lehn
Light design: Morten Ladefoged
Vorkshop: Morten Laursen, Sigurd Røge Dissing, William H. Nielsen
Film maker: Joakim Eggert
From my collection:(l to r) Marisol (sans coif - Guinol's Wife), Guinol, Soldier or Policeman,Gnafron (Guinol's drunken buddy)
Late 19th early 20th C (??)
Meredith Bixby Marionettes
 
Edward Gorey (a hero of mine)
Raw footage clip from our upcoming feature-length documentary with the late illustrator Edward Gorey, shot from 1996 to his death in April, 2000. A Mooncusser Film directed by Christopher Seufert.
 
Mario Mirabassi:

artista eclettico: autore teatrale,regista, scenografo, esperto di espressione infantile, si occupa da 30 anni di Teatro di Figura, direttore di Tieffeu e del Festival internazionale delle Figure animate "Figuratevi". Pittore, Scultore e Grafico.Docente Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia.
Stan Parker was born in 1926. His father was a Punch and Judy performer and Stan took up wood carving as a young man. Soon he became interested in Marionettes or string puppets. He was very influenced by a puppet company in Stratford on Avon, called the Lanchester Puppet Company.

National collection of trick circus marionettes, made by Stan Parker of Carlisle, saved for the nation by a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Now housed at Upfront Puppet Theatre in Cumbria.

Please visit.
www.up-front.com
www.stanparkerpuppets.co.uk
 

NEW! FOLKMANIS PUPPETS NOW AT
OPEN DOOR DESIGNS
$10-$48

 

We now have a selection of
Folkmanis puppets in the store.
If you don't see what you want we can order it for you.
VINTAGE
Pelham Ventriloquil Puppet
Fido the Dog w box
Clown Marionette a la Edith Flack Ackley
late '30's-40's(?)
Clown Hand Puppet
19th-early 20th C (?)

Chinese Dog Marionette
'50's-60's

Carved Devil Head - German
early 20th C
Zebra Marionette - beautiful movement

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HAS A NEW CAFE!

1571 Dupont st (in the old Laundrama)
Visit Soon! Thanks

Carlos and Sandra Flores

BASEMENT STUDIO
AVAILABLE
FOR RENT

The basement studio is now finished and available for rent
for small meetings and events. A beautiful clean new space, there is approximately 350 sq ft of floor space. 2 tables, 12 chairs, microwave, kettle, coffeemaker, fridge and bathroom.

Rates:
$15/hr - 8 hour minimum
$20/hr by the hour.

more info: info@opendoordesigns.ca , (416) 531-1290

Perth Dupont Community Garden
Started just as a garden with individual plots in 2005 by the City Councillor Adam Giambrone, it has been transformed into a thriving Community Garden, and is now a center for Urban Agriculture. With ethnic and lifestyle diversity, our garden is a place to grow food, flowers, friendships, and personal social and leadership skills. READ MORE
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Material Donations Needed
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
AT EVANGELINE


Donations may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy Davis Halifax for more information.


RED WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
fabric, wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters

RED WAGON COLLECTIVE was formed in 2006 in response to our desire to deepen our artistic, collaborative, and community-engaged practices through residency projects that would enable us to develop both intensive and extensive relationships in the Junction - a rapidly changing neighbourhood in Toronto's west end. We share a desire to work collaboratively with artists and non-artists to create work that inspires new conversations; softens boundaries between groups separated by age, culture, ability, and economic status; promotes the presence of art in everyday life and contributes to increasing public engagement in community development. The work we create with communities is used in producing exhibitions, public installations, and celebratory performance events.We are currently working within the walls of the Evangeline Shelter.

Image Foundry specializes in edition printing, custom art reproduction projects, and high-end photo-retouching work.

1581 Dupont Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 3S5

Contact:
www.imagefoundry.ca
phone: 416-477-5652

A little further afield but worth the walk!
Beautiful, unique food in a cozy setting.


ZOCAL0
1426 Bloor Street West
(at the corner of Symington Avenue)
Toronto, ON M6P

(647) 342-1567

   

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