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Puppet Building and Puppetry

with Kristi Ann Holt

Oct 30/31, 2021

Les Oiseaux giant bird puppetry in Stratford Ontario
Les Oiseaux giant bird puppetry in Stratford Ontario

Large, graceful roving puppets, escaped from a lost paradise, invite us to join in their dance.

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The Three Fairy Tales
The Three Fairy Tales

A puppeteer embodies the characters of Little Red Riding Hood using puppets.

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Salar - The Story of the Salmon
Salar - The Story of the Salmon

The life cycle of the salmon told through dance, live music and puppetry.

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Les Oiseaux giant bird puppetry in Stratford Ontario
Les Oiseaux giant bird puppetry in Stratford Ontario

Large, graceful roving puppets, escaped from a lost paradise, invite us to join in their dance.

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PuppetWorks! 2021
 


August 19-22
mini-fest

Thank you for joining us!
We'll be back next August.

*** Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2022 ***
Puppetry for all ages!

Safely Spaced OUTDOORS
in the beautiful environs of Gallery Stratford and

on the paths and walkways of Stratford, Ontario

PRICE for

Pods/households 
(up to 5 people per group) 

start at $20 for your whole pod

Two elderly puppets in How I Became Invisible by Clunk Puppet Lab
Two elderly puppets in How I Became Invisible by Clunk Puppet Lab

Clunk Puppet Lab: 2 seated senior puppets, one in pink & one in a tired housecoat and boots, hold hands with puppeteers behind

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Caisse 606 puppetry by La Fille du Laitier
Caisse 606 puppetry by La Fille du Laitier

La Fille du Laitier's object puppetry, magical pineapple island, vegetable people, cupcake umbrella and smiling puppeteer, grocery clerk's dreams

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Macbeth Muet puppetry theatre at SpringWorks Festival
Macbeth Muet puppetry theatre at SpringWorks Festival

La Fille du Laitier's tabletop object puppetry, in silent-film style, crystalize the Scottish play, blood, sex and truth.

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Two elderly puppets in How I Became Invisible by Clunk Puppet Lab
Two elderly puppets in How I Became Invisible by Clunk Puppet Lab

Clunk Puppet Lab: 2 seated senior puppets, one in pink & one in a tired housecoat and boots, hold hands with puppeteers behind

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PuppetWorks!  Past

A Home for Puppetry Arts

A modern commitment to an ancient art form.

 

We, at SpringWorks, discovered the potential of the wonderful world of puppetry in 2011 during our first festival. The show was called As You Puppet. As a reimagining of the Shakespeare classic, it was perfectly suited to the intersection of SpringWorks as an independent  arts organization and Stratford, a city known internationally as a centre for Shakespeare in Canada. We fell in love with this versatile art form and have been continuously awestruck by the power of puppets. They can expand the possibilities of storytelling, bring new perspectives to complex ideas, and engage wildly diverse audiences. Puppets are unique teaching tools capable of  inspiring young and mature audiences, alike.

Since 2011, we have learned more about the Canadian festivals of Puppetry and the Art of Puppetry. There have been many opportunities to form partnerships with organizations, nationally and internationally, who share a passion for this ancient, diverse, and evolving art form. Going forward, we hope to provide a vital space for this medium for local, national and international artists, and audiences. We would love you to join us on this journey.