This month's newsletter is all about opportunities. We would like to share with you some upcoming opportunities to train in puppetry, including two new ventures: Brighton Puppetry School and The Curious School of Puppetry. We are also excited by the interest in puppetry training we have witnessed in the past month, since the announcement of the Puppetry Development Consortium establishment. Building on successful existing practices to increase the number, accessibility and range of training opportunities for both emerging and established puppeteers seems to be at the heart of the current discussions and we are looking forward to seeing what might grow out of this in the future.
What's new on Animations Online?
Recent highlights on Animations include the last part of Penny Francis' comprehensive and intricate history of the Puppet Centrean interview with Blind Summit about their ‘Citizen Puppet’ project and coverage of shows and films including DogugaeshiInstitute and Amortale. You can also catch up with coverage of the Mime Fest, Manipulate and FIRSTS. And keep an eye out for exciting future articles this spring, including new work from Les Enfants Terribles, Little Angel and Aracaladanza.

Our writers continue to work hard to bring you a wide range of interesting content. There is an opportunity to join the small team of brilliant volunteers who make Animations Online possible. Contact Helen, our editor, if you are interested in getting involved. You can also send her press releases about upcoming events, shows and tours.

As you may be aware, the Puppet Centre has been affected by the recent fire at Battersea Arts Centre – which has been our home for the past 40 years. Consequently, we have currently lost the use of our office space and do not have access to our archives and phone line.

However, we are positive that new opportunities will emerge for us from this – and for all our colleagues at BAC who have also been affected by the fire – and we are determined to continue our work in developing, connecting and advocating for the art form of puppetry in England.
We are looking forward to an exciting new chapter in our history as we were recently appointed to co-ordinate the newly established Puppetry Development Consortium. We are also continuing to grow and develop Animations Online and we are planning a fundraising campaign to expand its activity in 2015.

We encourage all of you to support Battersea Arts Centre in the journey to a full recovery by donating via their dedicated page or attending the Phoenix Fundraiser on April 18th.

Thank you for your continued support for our work.

Experimenting with Sound and Puppets

Presented by Iklooshar Malara and Jonathan Lambert 

When: Saturday 25th April, 10am - 5pm
Where: Norwich Puppet Theatre
How much: £70

A one-day creative workshop exploring sound in puppetry with Iklooshar Malara from Garlic Theatre and composer Jonathan Lambert, open for participants of all levels of experience, ages 16+. 

How do sound and music affect emotional responses in theatre? The workshop will explore different elements of sound using a wide range of musical resources and puppets. 

For more information and to book, click here.  You can also read about the International Summer School at Norwich Puppet Theatre in August here.

Brighton Puppetry School

Brighton Puppetry School is a new programme of specialised vocational training in puppetry. Their full launch will be in September but in the meantime, two courses are coming up: Puppets for the Small Stage and Story Making with Puppets. Booking together will give you a 20% discount.

Puppets for the Small Stage: make a performance-ready mid-sized puppet to your own design over six evenings
When: Tuesdays, 14th April - 19th May
How much: £120

Story Making with Puppets: a focused and intensive course going through some key methods for making quality performance material with puppets. 
When: Sat 23rd and Sun 24th May
How much: £95

For more information and to book, click here.

West Dean College

Summer courses in puppetry

West Dean College is offering several short courses in puppetry, led by John Roberts and Isobel Smith.

What: Carve a wooden string puppet
When: 3rd - 8th May
How much: £574

What: Make a mini rod and string puppet
When: 4th July
How much: £114

What: Make a mini puppet show in a suitcase
When: 30th August - 4th September
How much: £534

For more information and to book, click here.

Curious School of Puppetry

A new puppetry training opportunity

The Curious School of Puppetry is a new puppetry course in London in 2016, led by professionals for professionals. It will be grounded in the notion of learning through direct experience alongside masters of the art.

This 10-week full-time training course will offer those with an interest in operating and producing work with puppets an in-depth, physical understanding of design, craft and technique.

The Curious School of Puppetry's website is under construction, so join their Facebook page for updates.

Pageant Puppetry

A workshop and festival in the Italian Alps 

When: 25th June - 5th July 2015
Where: Casa dei Fiori, Morinesio, Italy
How much: Fees vary depending on accommodation

Learn to create large-scale puppets and other visual elements for site-specific community pageant in collaboration with local residents of a remote village in the Italian Alps.

A week-long workshop led by artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop, cultivating in a Midsummer Procession of giant puppets. It is an opportunity to explore techniques for building large-scale puppets and processional elements, as well as strategies for developing site-specific events in general and experience Italy's Occitan culture.

For more information, click here.

Puppet Craft

Adult Workshops in Devon

PuppetCraft are organising three week-long workshops this summer, led by PuppetCraft's founder John Roberts. 

Week 1: Carve a Wooden String Puppet
When: 26th - 31st July
How much: £350

Week 2: Carve a Wooden Puppet
When: 2nd - 7th August
How much: £350

Week 3: Make a complete puppet and perform
When: 9th -15th August
How much: £380

For more details about each workshop, as well as booking a place, click here.
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