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

2019/04/22

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. Saturday was day 6, i had a day off on Sunday and today is day 7.

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The group has been continuing with their own puppets. I have been trying to figure out how to use hand puppets for three days. It has been a crawl. I find that because I am not able to watch my work from an unbiased point of view, I'm unsure of it and therefore don’t like it.

We let everyone critique our work. When I finished my hands were shaking. I have no idea where I had put objects behind the screen and part of the dragon broke. Hand puppets require far more tracking than I had realized. I now know that the Vardi Puppet House will need low-level lights and a small table on either side to place down objects and puppets.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019.

We have also been working on found object puppetry. I haven’t really grown to love my umbrella puppet. I find him to have weird arms and weird movement. This, like everything else, will take time and patience. We will be working with these puppets again tomorrow, and I will need to be a little more open-minded about it.

Apart from that, I was able to do a little sightseeing with my partner on Sunday. We made a trip to Peggy’s Cove NS to see this Atlantic Canadian treasure ourselves. Here are some photos from our day out. If I was a photographer, this place would be on my must visit list.

Peggy’s Cove. NS. April 2019

Peggy’s Cove. NS. April 2019

Laura-Beth Bird. Peggy’s Cove. April 2019

Laura-Beth Bird. Peggy’s Cove. April 2019

Peggy’s Cove. April 2019.

Peggy’s Cove. April 2019.

-Laura-Beth Bird