Monday, February 28, 2011

New goal: Puppet workshop in 2013

Photos: The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Why the hell did we just spend two months together and not make a new puppet video? Not wanting to come up with a plot is not a good reason. Making things requires doing the hard work parts. Let that be a note to self.  

Photos: The Banff Center, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

No hard work, no puppet dreams.
And of course, no fun. Just to remind us how much fun we have when we do the hard work, go watch our puppet videos again!

New goal: puppet workshop in 2013.            
I bring this up because I'd like to make a proposition.  After we reach our goal of becoming financially stable by 2013, let's take the Banff Puppet Theater Intensive in 2013. It's "a two-week exploration into the creative art of puppet theatre" presented by The Banff Centre, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and the Calgary Animated Objects Society.

Photos: The Banff Center, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

The Old Trouts.
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is where Jim Henson would be teaching today if he were still alive. "The Old Trouts are a company founded on the collaborative nature of devised, ensemble-based creation, they build their shows through a process of consensus, which shall be the thesis of this workshop." They did Feist's Honey Honey video and do local and touring shows. Here are some examples.

Until then, we can contribute to the Old Trouts:
In the meantime, we can be a part of Ignorance, their current collaborative project. It's right up my nature-loving alley: "a puppet documentary about the blissful prehistoric origins of humanity, and how our brains evolved into the hideous bliss-sucking parasites they are today." You join their wordpress blog and from there submit anything you can create or think of. They will draw from all the bits to create the show on the spot later this year. They're calling it a whole new way of doing theater.

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