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[Creative Exchange] Marionette Masterclass

A rare opportunity to learn marionette manipulation techniques.

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Welcome to Kickstart Arts’ Creative Exchange: Sharing Skills and Culture.

Session Title: Marionette Masterclass

Description:  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn marionette manipulation techniques and a variety of designs for marionette control from Pere Bigas, a professional puppet artist from Barcelona, Spain.  Learn what ‘standard’ controls are, and how to create the perfect movement.  Marionette construction will also be covered.  There will be a few types of marionette available for hands-on experience.  Each has a slightly different set of controls.

If you own a marionette, you are encouraged to bring it along.

What you’ll get: 

  • A short solo marionette performance
  • Lots of information about puppetry in Europe and travelling with puppets
  • How to manipulate different styles of puppet
  • Puppet manipulation exercises for precise movement
  • How to construct a marionette, covering everything from joints to materials
  • Networking opportunities

What to bring:

  • Pen and paper to make notes
  • A marionette of your own, if you have one

Entry fee:  Discounts are available depending on level of income.: $80 fully employed / $65 semi-employed / $40 unemployed
Two scholarships are available via application to director@kickstart.org.au: Send one paragraph explaining how you would use the knowledge you gather from this masterclass.

About Creative Exchange: Kickstart Arts value community skills and knowledge, so we started up Creative Exchange – Hobart’s newest destination for teaching, learning, sharing and collaborating!

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About the teacher:
Pere was introduced to marionettes by the master Toni Zafra, sparking a professional career.
He has since collaborated with Clowns without Borders NGO in expeditions to Kosovo and Lebanon, and as a solo puppeteer, travelled through Central America and Mexico.
In 2009 Pere created his first puppet company Papa Frita Títeres, acting in schools and cultural centres in several countries of South America.  He has since attended workshops with Philippe Genty, Stephen Mottram, Duda Paiva and Thomas Lundqvist, among others.

In 2012 Pere co-created Marionetes Nòmades puppet company and became a member of the committee board for UNIMA Catalonia (Union Internationale de la Marionnette).

Marionetes Nòmades’ travelled around the world with it’s first show, for both social projects (Burkina Faso, Haiti, Lebanon) and for professional development (South Korea, Switzerland, Belgium, Sudan, Kuwait, France, Italy…).

Marionetes Nòmades is currently developing an audio-visual project of short films about puppeteers of the world (so far two films are finished and both have been selected at different film festivals).

In 2015 Pere started collaborating with the company Antigua i Barbuda as a manipulator of their 7 metre tall hydraulic puppet “The Dancer Music Box”.  He became a UNIMA Spain International counsellor and has become involved in UNIMA International Cooperation Commission helping to launch Kanguru Project for Syrian refugee children.


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[Creative Exchange] Marionette Masterclass

Kickstart Arts, St Johns Ave, New Town, Tasmania, Australia

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