Snuff Puppet Shows

Five Easy Payments: A People’s Puppet Project by Snuff Puppets and VCAL Students from Swinburne University

A giant eyeball scans Ringwood Square collecting data. Spunky staggers through the crowd, trying to scab a ciggy. Roo Girl is lost in the music on her headphones. Scammer is looking for donations, ‘in just five easy payments, the equivalent of a cup of coffee a day’. Roo Girl brushes him aside, but Spunky is a better target. It takes the one-legged magpie to see through the scam and, with the help of Roo Girl, overcome the all-seeing eye and save Spunky from himself.

Five Easy Payments is an outdoor giant puppet performance set in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, tackling themes of surveillance and fraud in the modern world. Five Easy Payments was created by VCAL students from Swinburne University, in collaboration with Snuff Puppets as a People Puppet Project, and in partnership with the City of Maroondah.

Facilitated and directed by Snuff Puppets artists Nick Wilson, Stéphane Hisler, Lachlan Plain and Lauren Bok.

Images by Stéphane Hisler

Five Easy Payments: A People’s Puppet Project by Snuff Puppets and VCAL Students from Swinburne University is a Maroondah City Council project funded by Creative Victoria and supported by Eastland and Swinburne University.

 

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Giant Eye and Ear at Provocaré

Eye

The giant Eye and Ear from the Human Body Parts are roaming around the Chapel Street Precinct over the next two weeks for Provocaré Chapel Street Melbourne Winter Arts Festival 2018.

TIMES+LOCATIONS:

Fri 6 July 12.30pm: Corner Chapel St + Commercial Rd

Fri 6 July 6.30pm: 670 Chapel St

Sat 7 July 4.00pm: Greville St (Between Porter + Chapel St)

Sat 7 July 6.30pm: Corner Chapel St + High St

Fri 13 July 12.30pm: Corner  Chapel St + Commercial Rd

Fri 13 July 6.30pm: 670 Chapel St

Sat 14 July 4.00pm: Greville St (Between Porter St +Chapel St)

Sat 14 July 6.30pm: Corner Chapel St + High St

 

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Punch Agathe in Germany 

Punch Agathe was born at Snuff Labb in Melbourne, tiny as a pin. Travelling to her homeland in Kinshasa she grows up and discovers her super powers. Eventually arriving in Germany Punch Agathe becomes a full grown super heroine, tall as a three storey building.

Over 9 days in Bochum Germany we built the inflatable 18 metre tall Punch Agathe puppet while also running our Peoples Puppet Project with young artists from Bochum and Stuttgart. Everything created was presented at FIDENA and Moers Festival.

We also had free run of an abandoned church in Bochum where pianos were dropped from great hights, breasts danced on the alter, mole rats appeared from tunnels under the church floor and Punch Agathe ruled supreme.

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Snuff Puppets return to Kinshasa

In March 2018, we returned to Kinshasa to run a second People’s Puppet Project with our collaborators; Espace Masolo and Gütesigel Kultur.

Over eight days we worked with 30 artists and created an outdoor theatre spectacle based on the young life of Punch Agathe.

The work was performed at three locations in Kinshasa; Gare Central, Kinkole and Espace Masolo.

This video was shot on the road outside the gates of the Espace Masolo arts centre.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Snuff Labb 2018

Come inside Snuff Puppets’ studio for a private showing of Snuff Labb, the culmination of our in-house creative training and experimental workshops.

Snuff Labb 2018 embraced the creative talents of 20 artists including international artist-in-residence, Stefanie Oberhoff, from Germany.

The Ian Potter Foundation fund Snuff Labb 2017-20

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People’s Puppet Project in Xi’an

Snuff Puppets Artists Daniele Poidomani (Director), Nick Wilson, Suzanne Kalk and Erin Hall are working with over 30 artists on a People’s Puppet Project in Xi’an, China. This project is being run in partnership with the Shaanxi Performing Arts Center.

The puppets will make their public debut at the Xi’an Drama Festival on the 2018 Labour Day festival weekend.

3pm-7pm, Sunday 29th April,  South Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Xi’an
3pm-7pm, Monday 30th April, Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Xi’an
3pm-7pm, Tuesday 1st May, Wild Goose Pagoda Square, Xi’an

More bilingual info here. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.  

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Mutuashi – The Dance of Freedom – Outdoor Dance Classes

Mutuashi – The Dance of Freedom

Mutuashi: Dance of Freedom! Outdoor Dance Classes
Free in Wyndham parks and open spaces.
Mutuashi is a traditional dance from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dance instructor, Florence Shinanduku, will be assisted by Kelly Boom from Snuff Puppets.
Classes are fun for everyone of ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.

🕚 WHEN + WHERE
11-11.30am Saturday 27 January:
Wyndham Harbour, Marina Quays

11-11.30am Saturday 3 February:
Wyndham Harbour, Marina Quays

11-11.30am Saturday 10 February:
Point Cook Coastal Park, Side Entrance Road

11-11.30am Saturday 17 February:
Point Cook Coastal Park, Side Entrance Road

11-11.30am Saturday 24 February:
Werribee Pop Up Park, Station Place, Werribee
(Near Werribee Station)

11-11.30am Saturday 3 March:
Point Cook Pop Up Park, Murnong Street, Point Cook

RAIN 
We will be dancing outside. In case of bad weather, check this event page for alternate plans or cancellations.

COST 
Free for all! Just turn up before 11 am and be ready to DANCE or sit back and ENJOY! 😉

CONTACT 
For further enquiries phone Florence on 0470 225 497 or email people@snuffpuppets.com.

FACEBOOK
Follow the event page.

THANKS 
This project is proudly supported by Wyndham City. Snuff Puppets is supported by Maribyrnong City Council, The Ian Potter Foundation and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

🕺💃🕺 LET THE JOY FLOW THROUGH YOU 💃🕺 💃

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Human Body Parts tour Hong Kong

The Human Body Parts are heading to Hong Kong to perform live at ‘Freespace at Taikoo Place’. 26-29 October 2017

Human Body Parts
Photo: Simon Terrill

Showtimes:
Thur 26 Oct: 12.40, 6.50pm (Taikoo Place)
Fri 27 Oct:  12.40, 5.10, 6pm (Taikoo Place)
Sat 28 Oct: 3.15, 5pm, 7pm (Taikoo Park)
Sun 29 Oct: 12.40, 2.10, 3pm (Taikoo Park)

Address:
Freespace at Taikoo Place,
979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
MTR Quarry Bay, Exit A

More info:
www.westkowloon.hk/en/humanbodyparts

Presented by:
Freespace at Taikoo Place, co-organised by West Kowloon Cultural District and Taikoo Place.

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