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By World's of Puppets Bernd Ogrodnik
Ages 6+

Run time: 1 hour

“Metamorphosis” is a collection of original short stories not told with words, but with the metaphorical grace of Puppets.

The context of the vignettes ranges from the trivial to the metaphysical. A strong emphasis lies on imagery, made possible through the surrealistic quality inherent in Puppets.

“Metamorphosis” depicts the constantly changing nature of our existence and our perception. Nothing remains the way it seems to be, as it does not matter what we see but how we see it. 

The cast consists of the most intricate marionettes and rod puppets carved of wood, as well as unforgettable characters created simply with silk scarves and the hands and feet of the puppeteer.

Without words / sans parole


Zen in the Art of Puppetry

Puppetry Workshop!

Join puppet master Bernd Ogrodnik for a puppetry masterclass focusing on the distinct relationship between performer, puppet, and audience. What links them together? How does a puppeteer balance education, entertainment and inspiration? Where does the energy to perform a puppet come from, and how is it best transferred to the audience? 


Participants will explore the tools and techniques Orgrodnik uses to best achieve this depth of storytelling and artistry, and experience a refreshing look at the philosophical backbone of their art. 


The workshop can be attended virtually or in person. Registration is by donation, as a fundraiser to continue bringing PuppetWorks to life in Stratford each year. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.

Can’t attend at 11am? No problem! A workshop recording will be sent to those registered.

Time: Friday August 5 @ 11:00 -12:30pm EST
Location: Factory 163 or via livestream
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Thursday August 4


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Factory 163

163 King St, Stratford

Friday August 5



Factory 163

163 King St, Stratford

PuppetWorks Pods

Tickets to World in a Weekend are being sold in pods. Pods = 1-5 patrons attending programming together. This allows your family, group of friends, etc. to attend for just one low cost.

One pod = one ticket = one to five people


The base pod price is $30. If you wish to donate further, a tax receipt will be issued.

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Covid Safety Tips!

At this time, SpringWorks will not be distancing patron pods. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required for indoor programming only. SpringWorks will continue to monitor government and Public Health guidelines and implement any necessary changes to ensure the safety of all involved.

Bernd Orgrodnik

Bernd Ogrodnik serves as Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland, and was Co – Founder and Artistic Director of “World of Puppets”, the Icelandic Center for Puppetry Arts. Bernd has performed and directed on stages across Europe, Asia and North America  and his work has frequently been presented on Film and Television.

With a formal background in classical music and fine woodworking, Bernd Ogrodnik has been a prominent figure in the world of Puppetry since 1986. He is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Worlds of Puppets and serves as Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland. He has toured all over Europe, Middle- and North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia as a performer, director and lecturer at International (Puppet-) Theater Festivals, Universities and Conferences.

He has been performing, directing and creating Marionettes, Puppets, and Masks for various Theaters and Operas around the world, for Collectors and Museums, Commercials, TV and Film. Bernd has garnered countless National and International prizes and awards, and was granted Knighthood of the “Order of the Falcon” for his contributions to Puppetry and Culture.

Conceived and performed by Bernd Ogrodnik 

Directed by Augusta Skuladottir

Puppets, Music and Set design by Bernd Ogrodnik

Lighting design by Pall Ragnarssson

Costumes by Thorunn E. Sveinsdottir

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