White Night Bendigo (VIC)

White Night Bendigo
Sept 1 (VIC)

White Night Bendigo makes its debut on Saturday 1 September 2018 from 7pm to 2am, when it will light up this beautiful regional city and transform its streets, laneways, parks and heritage trams. From colourful projections and wondrous installations to music performances and interactive works, there will be so much to experience in Bendigo.

This event also features the installation Metamorphosis by UNIMA Members the indirect Objectand A Blanck Canvas, and The White Knight Messenger by A Blanck Canvas.

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String Symphony @ Horizon Festival, Sunshine Coast Aug 24 – 2 Sept (QLD)

String Symphony @ Horizon Festival, Sunshine Coast Aug 24 – 2 Sept (QLD)

Come along to Cotton Tree Park and see String Symphony (Spare Parts Puppet Theatre), a large-scale, interactive performance installation that uses puppetry to explore connection, community and collaboration. Hand-woven using more than one kilometre of rope, the giant illuminated puppet is waiting to be brought to life.

This mesmerising performance invites audience members to become puppeteers. As the participants manipulate the giant interactive puppet, onlookers marvel at the beauty of this magnificent creation.
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World on a String: Major Puppetry Event at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, Melbourne (VIC)!

World on a String: Major Puppetry Event at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, Melbourne (VIC)

Every Saturday in September 3pm- 9pm

Marionette of a female character
Only at Chadstone- The Fashion Capital.
Experience a celelbration of movement through puppetry; an art form that can stir almost every emotion, from joy, to laughter, to deep contemplation.

Every Saturday night in September, 3pm-9pm.

Click the link below to view the programme and find out more!

There’s a very exciting line up which includes Philip Huber and The Huber Marionettes (USA), Dream Puppets (VIC), Magic Lantern (VIC), Bunk Puppets(VIC), The Puppetsmithery (VIC), Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA), Trukitrek(Catalonia) and Hopeful Monster (UK)!  This is a very rare opportunity in Australia to see a range of Australian and international puppetry performances, and meet with lots of puppeteers!

Mask Workshop with Matteo Destro in Sydney (NSW)

This intensive 1 day workshop is a rare chance to explore the art of performing with theatre masks.

Run by internationally renowned Italian mask maker, performer and teacher Matteo Destro, this workshop is for actors, scenographers, directors, writers, choreographers and dancers looking to expand their understanding of movement.

Participants will leave the workshop with a foundation in
movement analysis as well as skills in playing neutral mask
and a range of masks wih expressions.

Matteo Destro studied with Jacques Lecoq at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris and later under the guidance of Donato Sartori. The research and creation of masks and mask theatre would eventually become the heart of his practice. Matteo taught at the Helikos International School of Theatre Creation, directed by Giovanni Fusetti,in Florence, Italy, and has given Master Classes at the University of Iowa, New York University and Victorian College of the Arts. In 2016 he founded ATELIER Mask Movement Theatre, an international school/laboratory for research and theater creation, in San Miniato, Italy.

September 1, 2018 @ 10am-5pm, St Stephens Church Hall, Newtown (NSW)
For more info:
Contact: Jenny 0408808699

Cost: $125/ $100 Early Bird rate – Book by Friday 27 July

Click here to see the Facebook event page

FREE Wayang Kulit Puppetry Workshop/Performance at National Gallery of Australia! (ACT)

FREE Wayang Kulit Puppetry Workshop/Performance at National Gallery of Australia! (ACT)

The National Gallery of Australia is organising a workshop and performance of Wayang Kulit Puppetry in July. They are hoping there will be some interest from local and interstate artists!  Given they have a really big Indonesian Contemporary Worlds exhibition coming up early next year, which will also feature shadow puppet works, with an associated artist in residence program (they believe), we hope this may build into something bigger for the puppetry community here next year.

National Gallery of Australia
Indonesian shadow puppet workshop (ages 18+)

A unique opportunity to learn from Javanese master puppeteer, Dr Joko Susilo, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. Dr Susilo is bilingual Indonesian and English.
Free, registration only, places limited

Tuesday 31 July
10.30am – 12 noon, repeated 1.30 – 3.00pm

Booking link for 10.30am

Booking link for 1.30pm

Performances by the artist with Gamalan Orchestra will also be presented the weekend prior as follows:

National Gallery of Australia
Wayang Kulit : shadow puppet drama of Java, Indonesia

A live performance of Wayang Kulit with Dr. Joko Susilo (dhalang – puppet master) and Ngesti Budoyo Gamelan Ensemble directed by Soegito Hardjodikoro. Presented with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.  Free, registration required
Sunday 29 July 12.30 – 2.00pm   and repeated 3.00 – 4.30pm

Booking link for 12.30pm

Booking link for 2.00pm

Nella Puppet from Nella's Wings Show

Puppet Shows at ImaginArta- Every Sunday at 11am

Sunday 15 July at 11am – “A Dog’s Life” by Murphy’s Puppets
Sunday 22 & 29 July at 11am – “A Package for Granny” by the Sydney Puppet Theatre.

Where: Sutton Forest Hall, 7414 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest
No bookings necessary. Cash or card (VISA or Mastercard) at the door.
​Adults $15/Kids $11/Groups of 4 or more $10.50 each
Contact Sue 0438 218 217

Please visit our Facebook page for more information about ImaginArta.

Address: Sutton Forest Village Hall
​7414 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest
Southern Highlands, NSW

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre 2 Week Puppetry Intensive Workshop



Special Guest Artists: Davy and Kristin McGuire, United Kingdom


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a unique two-week, training intensive with acclaimed augmented reality artists Davy and Kristin McGuire.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from extraordinary artists, whose work spans puppetry, moving image, theatre and installation.

Participants will explore the techniques used in the Helpmann Award winning theatre show The Paper Architect (Best Visual Theatre production, 2015), building small scale theatre sets from paper dioramas and found objects, devising scenes and learning the techniques to map projection onto the dioramas.

Short scenes in which workshop participants interact with projected characters will be created with opportunities to refine and develop over the fortnight, leading to a showing of short works at the conclusion of the workshop.

Professional puppetry, theatre, visual, interdisciplinary and screen artists will find much to explore over two weeks.

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Puppetry and Visual Theatre Masterclasses with DNA

Adam Bennett is a puppeteer who has a career spanning 30 years. He has performed in Australia, Europe, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. He co-founded DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre with Rachel Riggs in London in 1994 and has worked as a devising puppeteer for many companies as well as being Artistic Director of Little Angel Theatre in 2014.

Adam is keen on seeking out professional and emerging puppeteers and visual theatre performers to engage in training and experiments in devising, performing and staging visual theatre with puppets, materials, props and the performing body.
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