2019/04/23

Hello Internet;

I'm in Windsor Nova Scotia for Animotion Intensive training at Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. I was fortunate enough to win the scholarship from UNIMA Canada to pay the course fees. Today is day 8.

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Today we were left in capable hands of Struan whilst Jim makes his way to Japan. We did the usual warm-up of bean bag tossing, balancing and passing large bean bags on dowels and juggling. I still haven't figured out the juggling.

We added in a new brain game, shuffling a deck of cards using two people. One person uses their right hand, the other the left. The partners need to perform the tricks as if they were one person. This helps with the operation of puppets because multiple people must simulate one body's fluid movement.

We spent an hour on our own puppets, running through and refining the scenes. Then we spent the afternoon working with our found object puppetry, creating a short scene in groups of three. I'm still not fond of the umbrella, but at least he has a bowtie now.

Laura-Beth Bird. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019. Photo Credit: Jenny Rodgers

Laura-Beth Bird. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019. Photo Credit: Jenny Rodgers

I'm excited to move onto dough boys tomorrow and learn a new type of puppet. I also cracked open some great books in Mermaid's Institution. There is one book there about Jaque Lecoq, a man I heard a lot about in university but never really researched. It might be my new lunchtime read.

-Laura-Beth Bird