Ancient Japanese Puppetry, Newspaper Bunraku with Jillian Waters

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  • Location: Environment Centre, Noosaville 4566 Queensland

Puppet Creatures with very unique proportions

Bunraku is an ancient Japanese style of puppetry in which each character is operated by 3 puppeteers. Bunraku puppeteers make no attempt to hide from the audience and are able to create incredibly controlled and realistic imitation of human movement in their performances. Contemporary puppeteers use Bunraku techniques to make puppets that can do absolutely anything!

In this workshop students will begin by operating some of Jill's Bunraku style puppets. They will learn some basic puppetry techniques, working as a team to create one character and learning to make an object seem alive.

In groups of three they will then make their own puppets from newspaper, dowel and masking tape. In each group one person will make the head, another arms and a third the legs.

The group then build a body and join their puppet together.  The resulting puppet creatures can have some very unique proportions- all part of their originality and charm!

The third and final stage of the workshop involves the creation of a very short performance as the newly created puppet characters learn to walk, talk and make new friends.

Workshops limited to 21 participants. Ages 11 -- 91.

Ancient Japanese Puppetry
Newspaper Bunraku with Jillian Waters
Saturday June 19 1.00pm - 4.00pm $25 Environment Centre

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Some 2010 Noosa Longweekend festival highlights include --
* the world-premiere-preview of David Williamson's latest play Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica starring Georgie Parker and the world premiere of the new children's play, Hurry Up and Wait as presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with deBASE productions; a showcase of 'award winning'-one-act plays; Acrobatica's gravity-defying physical theatre; and, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries performed on stage.
* two, exclusive, Australian performances entitled International Stars of Ballet as performed by seven members of the San Francisco Ballet.
* musical performances including Australia's own Tom Burlinson in Frank a Life in Song; cabaret and supper club performances with Caroline O'Connor, Caroline Nin, Carita Farrer, Blossom Goodchild, Elizabeth Cousemaker, Tom Sharah and Australian musical theatre legend Toni Lamond; the Dame Joan Sutherland (opera) awards; a return festival appearance by guitar maestros Slava and Leonard Grigoryan accompanied by James and Joseph Tawadros as Band of Brothers; the So-la Voce Chamber Choir; a Japanese piano recital; Virginia Gay, and local bands, The Vitals and Dva.
* a celebration of short films and a Slow Food with Film event with food prepared by leading local chefs; the now famous progressive food events hosted by top restaurants in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast hinterland including a Seafood Saunter, Hinterland Gourmet Safari, Beachside Promenade and the traditional festival favourite, the Duck Waddle.
* literary events featuring everyone's favourite gardener Don Burke, Ita Buttrose, politician and pharmacist Terry White, social commentator Karen Brooks, high profile journalists and authors such as Paul Kelly, Margaret Simons and Anne Summers and sportswriter Mike Colman; the writers who inspired Underbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule; animal behavioural specialist Dr Paul McGreevy; author and former journalist Iola Mathews; former pop star and author Michael White; University lecturer and sci-fi buff, Gregory Nash; and, Dr Karen Hitchcock -- medic and super mum.
* celebrity lunches featuring comedian and author Tim Ferguson, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, Ita Buttrose, Australian cabaret sensation Toni Lamond and a celebrity breakfast with Andrew Ettingshausen (ET).
* a full day children's festival.
* engaging and insightful forums exploring topics such as: China, Should we be worried?; America, in decline?; The changing media game and internet journalism; Barrie Cassidy and the Insider's take on politics, Griffith REVIEW's Food chain sustainability and 30 years of State of Origin. Forum participants include Julianne Schultz, Mark Scott, Eric Beecher, Margaret Simons, Dr Don Russell, Dr Michael Fullilove, Paul Kelly, Peter Hartcher, Peter Thompson, Warwick Smith, Geremie Barme, Saul Eslake, Fran Kelly, Steve Renouf, Kerrod Walters, Mick Hancock and Martin Lang.
* workshops featuring Bollywood dancing, African drumming and singing, Japanese puppet making, drama improvisation, Commedia dell Arte and a full day, comedy writing master course with Tim Ferguson

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