the next 3 months Open Door Designs will be creating a dedicated
workshop space in the basement. It will allow us to provide
more workshops, more often. Workshops are multi-tasking places
and if you have any suggestions, recommendations or ideas
please let us know. We are in the process of creating the
wish list and clearing the space so that it can be framed
and insulated. We anticipate that it will be completed, hopefully,
by the end of April .
KIRKHAM PAPIER MÂCHÉ WORKSHOP
January 17, 2010
links & things are odds and ends I have either tripped
over during online journeys or people have sent me. If you
have your own favourite puppet links please send them along!
Perego & Topo Gigio
recent arrival to Open Door Designs, Topo Giogio, reminded
me of my mostest favourite puppet ever...and so I went in
search of some information and this synopsis from somewhere
online (I apologize, I can't find it again). The Youtube video
of Topo Gigio: The delightful little Italian mouse
was created by Maria Perego from Milan, Italy. Topo Gigio
had already been around for awhile before Ed Sullivan, but
almost everybody remembers him best for being a recurring
guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Topo Gigio was
the star of his own Italian movie in 1961 called "Le
Avventure di topo Gigio" ("The Adventures of Topo
Gigio"). In 1965, this film would be released on CBS-TV
and called "The Magic World of Topo Gigio". However,
Topo made his first American appearance on "The Ed Sullivan
Show" on April 14, 1963. In 1965, Mrs. Maria Perego Caldura
received an American patent for the complex mechanisms of
the Topo Gigio puppet. It took three people to operate Topo
Gigio, with a fourth supplying the voice.
Topo was ten inches tall and made of a half pound of foam
rubber. He was controlled by sticks (not strings, like most
puppets). The puppeteers wore black hoods, black velour clothing,
and worked against a black backdrop so they were invisible
to the audience. And if you remember seeing Topo, you KNOW
they're invisible. The little mouse looks like he's a lifeform
of his own!
The puppeteers moved Topo with their hands and three inch
sticks. Maria Perego, Topo's creator, moved Topo's mouth and
legs. Frederico Giolo moved Topo's arms, while his wife Annabella
controlled the puppets oversized ears. The man who gave Topo
his voice was Peppino Mazullo (some sources have called him
Giuseppe Mazullo), who provided it offstage."
delightful website is very child-friendly and interactive.
Kept me busy for a while exploring!
The Poppenspeelmuseum is in Vorchten, Holland.
Center for Puppetry Arts' mission is to entertain and enlighten
audiences, nurture the world community of artists, expand
the puppetry art form, and explore the past, present, and
future of puppetry."
actually have some of the real Orlando puppets!
Creek's unique, year-round performing arts center presents
a wide variety of plays, musicals, dinner theater, puppet
shows and children's programs. We are housed in a quaint,
century-old theater. Our rare Sicilian hand-made puppets and
the shows in which they star have been seen by audiences since
Puppet House Theater
128 Thimble Islands Road
Stony Creek, CT. 06405
Phone (203) 488-5752
don't know who made this puppet but isn't he beautiful?
advertising marionette from Bristol-Meyers, the Ipana Toothpaste
character. Circa 1930's. Painted composition body with movable
Ipana letters, wood arms and legs, and rubber hands.
Glove Puppet Theatre
lives in the neighbourhood and was a participant in Alexander
Mergold's Marionette Workshop in November. He is hoping to
add puppets to the list of his accomplishments! Visit his
website to see what he can do!
comedy, comedy. That's what this act is all about. But John
Park is no joke-telling stand-up comic. Instead, this performer
uses clever juggling and visually engaging comedy routines
set to music to make his audience laugh. The crowd is with
John all the way - even on stage, as volunteers take part
and challenge John laugh for laugh for the comedic spotlight."
RED WAGON COLLECTIVE
may be dropped off at Open Door Designs or email Nancy
Davis Halifax for more information.
WAGON COLLECTIVE: DONATIONS NEEDED:
wool, embroidery floss, needles, crochet hooks, old sweaters
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.
February 21, 2010
12:30PM - 6PM
(Barn #2) Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St