a cura di Franco Lupi VIIITEORIA - PRATICA - PROVE - SPETTACOLO        

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 FORWORD (top)

Puppet companies seem to be doomed to a peculiar and typical destiny: few of them survived in Europe, getting through wars, deportations, financial crises and -last but not least- television. These troupes -usually run by the same families who founded them between the 18th and the 19th century- are complex and wonderful “show-machines”, containing the appeal that can be brought to a show only by time, by the inner magic of carved-wooden actors and the supreme art of people who have been moving strings for two centuries. That’s exactly what we are: the heirs of a two-century tradition of puppet theatre; from generation to generation the technical and artistic heritage never stopped growing by means of new solutions, shows and findings until nowadays. A real treasure of puppetry ability and on-stage experience (namely “ponte” -bridge-, as the stage is called in slang). A two-fold heritage, human and artistic, where tradition faces time and today’s taste, still uniting wonder and feeling with the modern sense of magical derived from fantastic stories. This is achieved using puppets, sceneries and objects moved by the hands of people literally “born in the midst of strings”.

 

AIMS (top)

The aim of this workshop is to bring some of this feeling to the children, trying to convey the artistic heat we’re about to lose as a consequence of the cold way of using computers, videogames and television.

 

OBJECTIVES  (top)

The main goal which the workshop tries to achieve is to give value to children's manual and artistic abilities, connecting -in the final performance- the manual activity of puppet-construction with the artistic expression of puppet-acting.

 

DURATION OF THE WORKSHOP WITH PERFORMANCE (top)

Each meeting is a two-hour lesson, excepted for the 7th one (4 hours)

 

TO WHOM IT IS ADDRESSED (top)

The workshop is addressed to children between 8 and 14 years

 

NUMBER PF CHILDREN (top)

A class of no more than 30 students

 

PARTICULAR NEEDS (top)

A school-room where children can paint and construct the marionettes, where puppets can dry, without the need of moving everything every time.

 

PROGRAMME  (top)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING PLAN (top)

1° meeting                  Introduction to children and teachers. Presentation of the work. Choice of the text to play in the final performance -in this step, the help of the teacher is fundamental-. Sketches of puppet’s history. Difference between marionette and puppet. Moving techniques.

2° meeting               Construction of the marionettes -in papier-maché- needed for the characters of the show. Children will shape bodies, heads and limbs.

3° meeting                Scenery painting, by means of cloth, washable colours, paintbrushes and pencils.   

4°  meeting               Script reading, choice of roles, acting rehearsal. 

5°  meeting               Marionette painting and assembling (see 2° meeting)

6°  meeting               Marionette moving and acting rehearsal.

7° meeting              At theatre. Final rehearsal and performance. It is very important to use a real theatre to convey the unique emotion, that only this place can create.

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