Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Global Puppetry Exhibition

String puppets. By unknown makers (Sinhalese). MOA Collection: Eh149, Eh147, Eh164, Eh144, Eh142. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Although puppets seem like simple creations, they have a rich and complex history across a variety of cultural traditions.

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC is presenting a new exhibition that offers a fascinating and comprehensive look at the world of puppetry, including the art and its theatrical experience.

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Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology Launches Global Puppetry Exhibition

A Vancouver International Puppet Festival? Here’s hoping!

Cassady, Morris Chapdelaine, Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerüd have joined forces to create the Vancouver International Puppet Festival. 

Cassady, Morris Chapdelaine, Tara Travis and Dusty Hagerüd have joined forces to create the Vancouver International Puppet Festival.

There are puppet festivals in Ontario, Chicago, England and Montreal (where it’s known as Festival de Casteliers). Now, puppet fans in Vancouver’s theatre community are asking: Why doesn’t Vancouver have its own puppet festival?

The answer seems to be “for no good reason.” And so, performers and organizers are banding together to raise funds for a new Vancouver International Puppet Festival, the inaugural edition of which they hope to hold in the fall.

On April 1 (and, hopefully, this is no April Fool’s prank!), puppet festival proponents are putting on Fools After Dark: A Saucy Puppet Cabaret. The fundraiser will feature a ventriloquist, puppeteers and musicians for an adult-oriented night of puppet fun on the Granville Island Revue Stage (1601 Johnston St.).

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Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

Images from thecultch.com

Images from thecultch.com

If you see one puppet show this year (or this lifetime) make sure it’s this one.

More than 40 creepily realistic and very adult-themed puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” returning to the Cultch, Dec. 1-Dec. 20.

The show incorporates dramatic set pieces, variety acts, music, monologues and lots off off-colour jokes – all performed by the ever-changing cast of puppets.  Amazingly, all the action is controlled by one man. Behind the strings, working from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett. Continue reading:
Canada’s Puppet Master Returns to Vancouver with 19+-only Show: Daisy Theatre with Ronnie Burkett

Taiwanese Puppet Festival comes to Vancouver

Taiwan04Taiwan Festival 2005, “Beauty of Taiwanese Puppet Theatre”, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW 4Fighting scene11/09/2005Rii Schroer

Taiwan Festival 2005, “Beauty of Taiwanese Puppet Theatre”, Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Thrilling hand-to-hand combat – between puppets? That’s one thing to expect at the Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival, which comes to the Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Drive) Nov. 4-9.  The festival features two visiting puppetry groups, including Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe and the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre, in performances that will bring the excitement of traditional Taiwanese puppetry to audiences of all ages.

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The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Photo sourced from thecultch.com

Chance are you’ve never seen a puppet show like this.

Two dozen very adult and freakishly realistic puppets – everything from a snarky old dowager to a self-described “fairy boy” named Schnitzel – come together in The Daisy Theatre, a unique “puppet cabaret” showing at the Cultch, Nov. 26-Dec. 15.

The work pulls together variety acts, music and short, very un-PC skits – all performed by extremely lifelike puppets.  The man behind the strings, controlling the action from a balcony high above the stage, is Canada’s undisputed puppet master, Ronnie Burkett.

Burkett is widely credited with turning puppetry into a respected art form.  He has spent more than 25 years entertaining audiences around the world with sultry, bawdy and introspective tales – all acted out by his own intricately hand-crafted puppets.

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The Creepiest, Most Lifelike Puppets You’ll Ever See Come to Vancouver

Canada’s Puppet Master comes to the Cultch

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Puppet shows are supposed to be for kids – unless Ronnie Burkett is working the strings.  Canada’s uncontested master puppeteer, Burkett has spent 25 years entertaining audiences with sultry, bawdy and introspective tales – all acted out by his tiny, hand-crafted puppets.

Burkett’s darkly comic stories have focused on everything from underground puppet shows during the Nazi era to mental illness and the quest for self discovery. His latest piece – showing now until Dec. 17 at the Cultch in east Vancouver – hews closely to those lines.

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