12 September 2011

Puppets hit the streets of London

Have you ever wanted to build giant puppets and take over London? Well, now's your chance, if you live in the UK. The Puppet Centre Trust looks like it's recently sprung back to life with a dynamic new Project Coordinator by the name of Emma Leishman. Watch out for that name!
I now receive their news updates and there's a great workshops being organised on the 19-20 November at the Mandiga Arts Studio.

Using heat formable, flexible and lightweight materials, participants will be making backpacks for outdoor puppets, focusing on how to carry, articulate and manipulate a variety of medium and large scale Mandinga puppets.  Participants are encouraged to come with their ideas and designs.

The workshop leader is Charles Beauchamp, Co-Artistic Director of Mandinga Arts, who trained as a painter and printmaker in London and Paris and practiced for 30 years with numerous individual and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe, USA, Japan, the Ukraine and South Korea. For the last 20 years Charles Beauchamp has concentrated on street theatre and carnival arts. Along with artist and Co-Artistic Director Julieta Rubio he has collaborated with circus, carnival, dance and community groups in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Colombia, Cuba, South Africa, Denmark, Germany and China.

Mandinga Arts was established in 2002 by Co-Artistic Directors Charles Beauchamp and Julieta Rubio in response to a demand for artists to work together on outdoor performance and to practice, improve, educate, share and promote carnival arts. The company brings together live music, carnival, street costume and dance, drawing on diverse influences from Europe, Latin America and Africa, with community based contributions to the carnival and outdoor performance movement in the UK.

In 2012 Mandinga Arts will play a pivotal role in 2012 Cultural Olympiad project Night of Festivals which will see an impressive carnival parade in Nottingham in June and in Leicester during the July Games Opening week-end.  For more information, contact Emma Leishman at the Puppet Centre Trust here!

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