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The Bricoteer Puppetry Project

The Heartless Monster
Where does a giant monster find a heart big enough?


A Children’s Valentine’s Day Puppetry Party
Interactive! Crafts! Storytelling!


Create the Heartless Monster and his friends, and together, we’ll help them come to life! Reclaimed materials inspire resourcefulness, innovation, and imaginations, as well as ecological creativity! Bring home Valentine’s Day Puppets and Valentines.
Welcoming space for parents and children. Healthy snacks and inspiring wordless music provided. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

DATE & TIME:

POSTPONED - STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE

AGE GROUP 8 and up

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto  

COST:

$40 (this includes all materials)

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. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Do you like puppets? Do you like making things? How about making some puppets with us?

Help puppet artists James and Grey of The Bricoteer Puppetry Project piece together puppets from reclaimed and recyclable materials. Then we will all perform a story, This will stretch your imagination and build eco-logic in your brains. Wear shoes and clothes in which you can move around easily. This workshop is also a party. Bring your music or sound effect audio files on CD.

Why newspaper? Puppet artists sometimes use newspaper to create maquettes of puppets when developing new work. Maquettes act as working models that allow artists to express, demonstrate, or test their concepts. Like a sketch in 3-D, maquettes allow artists to explore ideas quickly and inexpensively. They can also be enjoyable as an end in themselves and as a source of further inspiration.
So, join us and learn how to be a puppet artist!

 

Bricoteer Workshop
Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club
March 2009

 

Grey Muldoon and James Ashby devised the name Bricoteer Puppetry Project for several related reasons: 1) to emphasize how they creatively use material available “at hand” to construct both stories and puppets, a tendency encapsulated in the critical term bricolage (bricoteer is an amalgamation of the words bricolage and puppeteer); 2) to declare openly that they are most interested in pushing the boundaries of puppetry, which in many ways already goes beyond what the theatre of human actors is capable of doing; 3) to inform others that theirs is an ongoing project that always welcomes new collaborators.

For More information visit The Bricoteer Website: click here

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS & DESCRIPTION

Puppetry for Educators: STORYTELLING

DATE & TIME:

March 20, 2011
10:00am - 4:00pm

LOCATION:

Open Door Designs, 1597 Dupont Street, Toronto  

COST:

$180.00 (this includes all materials)

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. If you would like to pay online through Paypal, please click the button below

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
This storytelling workshop will allow participants to transform ordinary items such as newspaper, tape, and gift wrap into puppets in an exploration of the potential for imagination to transform and reshape the everyday world. James and Grey of the Bricoteer Puppetry Project will lead participants in a collaboration that will result in the performance of short sketches.

Beyond the specific skills of using ordinary newspaper, masking tape, and (optional) scissors, string, and wire to create fantastic working models (maquettes) of any imagined puppet, participants will develop skills in performance, design, narrative development, and the communication of ideas visually and intuitively. The unique capacities of puppetry, as compared to the theatre of human actors, will be explored.
Professional puppet artists, including those associated with the Bricoteer Puppetry Project, use newspaper to create maquettes of puppets while developing new work. Maquettes act as working models that allow artists to express, demonstrate, or test their concepts. Like a sketch in 3-D, maquettes allow artists to explore ideas quickly and inexpensively. They can also be enjoyable as an end in themselves and as a source of further inspiration.

This workshop will support participants in making newspaper puppets, creating a story using the new puppets, and learning about performing. Two groups or troupes will be formed, and each will prepare a sketch to present to the other, with the help of James and Grey. Participants who do not wish to perform are invited to support the performance in other ways. There will also be time to address the professional concerns of artists, educators, and caretakers and specific needs or adaptations. Participants will be encouraged to share these concerns during the workshop so that Grey and James can focus on what is uniquely important to them. Time will be spent discussing puppet-theatre theory and history, and a handout will provide suggestions on how to employ skills from this workshop in your work and find additional resources.

Bricoteer Storytelling Workshop
at Open Door Designs, February 2009

"I just loved it all and will recomend to others. I got alot out of it and will implement with school age children I work with."

"I really enjoyed the workshop. I thought it was very accessible to the variety of people participating. It was also well planned out, so there was useful information for everyone attending."

"I never felt there was a particular lag in activity, and the bricoteers never seemed much at a loss as to what to do."