2019/04/29

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 11.

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Today we came back from a three day weekend. We did the usual warm-ups, this time with more dropped bean bags. We juggled a little and then went to balance the bean bags on the dowels. My fingers cramped and protested for the first time since starting this, so that means that we’re growing muscles.

We spent most of the day working with shadow puppets. Struan distributed small screens and flashlights for us to play with. We then went into the institution and began cutting and gluing our shadow puppets.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

The solid paper doesn't allow for any ink to transmit light through the screens, but gels and sheer fabric do. After experimenting with our prototypes, we went back and adjusted what we wanted to create with our puppets. I wanted to try and define more parts of the body and a little bit of movement, so I built a sumo wrestler.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

We then broke off in too two teams, experimenting with the way we presented the medium. Eventually, my team created a tent on Jim's childhood carpet. They sat underneath it and created stories. It felt like children playing when they weren't supposed to. It was sweet.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019

-Laura-Beth Bird