A Talk and a Workshop by Sandy McKendrick
Department of Drama and Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London
29 October 2009
The Puppet Working Group and the Centre of International Theatre and Performance, Indigeneity Project, are pleased to host a talk and a workshop on indigenous communities and puppetry by Australian designer, director and puppeteer Sandy McKendrick (Sandpiper Productions), on 29 October 2009.
Sandy McKendrick has created, directed and designed performances based on indigenous legends and myths in collaboration with indigenous artists. She has developed performances with and for indigenous communities in East Timor, South Africa and Australia. Her company’s collaborative performances Turtle and the Trade Wind, Cry of the Seadragon and Indigo Sand toured to festivals both nationally and internationally.
Talk: 11am-12.30pm, Rehearsal Room B
The talk and visual presentation will cover several puppetry projects that McKendrick has undertaken with indigenous communities in Australia, Zambia and East Timor. It will touch on the projects’ creative development, including the methods and materials used, with a particular focus on puppetry and animation.
Workshop: 1.30-5.30pm, The Workshop and The Studio Theatre
Following from the talk, the workshop will focus on exploring and playing with different materials and found objects to create simple puppets. Participants will design and construct their own puppets using a variety of mediums, allowing time to explore how they can be animated and brought to life. McKendrick will show a variety of construction techniques, looking at how materials impact on character and style of manipulation. Participants can work in pairs or individually to create a puppet.
The events are free, and some materials will be provided for the workshop, but participants will also be asked to bring their own natural or man-made materials.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or J.email@example.com by 15 October 2009 indicating the event(s) you wish to attend. If you wish to register for the workshop, please include a brief statement indicating your previous experience and your reasons for attending the workshop.
We look forward to welcoming you on October 29th!
Nesreen Hussein and Jiwon Yang on behalf of PWG and CITP
Posted on Wednesday 30th September 2009