Snuff Puppet Shows

A Note From Nick, from Urada, Japan

A first dispatch from Nick Wilson at our Australia House Residency for Echigo-Tsumari:

We are now at the half-way mark of our People’s Puppet Project in Urada and our residency at Australia House, Echigo-Tsumari. One week into the workshop and we have the makings of six giant puppets, a wealth of narrative ideas and imagery, a unique and beautiful mix of sounds and musical ideas, and a diverse and talented team of residents who are getting really excited about their performance next week.

Through discussions with the community we decided on six puppet characters to begin work on: Jisa and Basa (Urada grandparents), Magomusume (their granddaughter, a fashionable Tokyo student), a Kamoshka (the amazing-looking Japanese serow), an Akashobin (the iconic Ruddy Kingfisher), and a Kappa (a troublesome mythical water sprite).

We’ve explored the local environment with our imaginations captured by this climate of such extreme seasons, intrigued by the details of small-town culture in an ageing and dwindling population and moved by the warmth and generosity of residents as we dove head-first into folk-tales and old family homes. Some local stories have been put on as annual school plays here since the old folks were students themselves. The Kappa is shadowing us in silence, our sixth member. Continue Reading →

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Women’s Circus Annual Fundraiser

Our friends at Women’s Circus are running a fundraising auction with heaps of really cool stuff. You can get a ticket to our upcoming Snuff Skool at our Footscray Drill Hall and support our awesome neighbours.

Founded in 1991, Women’s Circus is Australia’s first women’s-only circus and performance organisation. Over the years, thousands of women have trained, performed, worked and played at Women’s Circus. Their involvement has helped shape the culture, vision and artistic outcomes of this organisation and Women’s Circus has helped create positive and meaningful change for these women and their communities. www.womenscircus.org.au

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