Puppetry in Opera

THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER LIVE

DAY ONE 
(9th November, 10am – 8pm)
 Will take place at the Barbican and includes the showing of work in progress in the Pit in the early evening. Speakers confirmed are William Kentridge (South Africa); David Pountney (UK); Alberto Jona (Italy); Anna Karinsdotter (Sweden); Stefan Fichert (Germany); Nori Sawa (Japan); Annabel Arden (UK); Mark Down (UK), Daniel Snowman (UK) and Penny Francis (UK). Lunch, teas and evening drinks reception before the showing of work in progress will be included.

DAY TWO
(10th November, 10am – 6pm)
 These will take place at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Lunch not provided.

RED WORKSHOP WITH JOHN FULLJAMES (ROYAL OPERA HOUSE), STEVE TIPLADY AND SALLY TODD (INDEFINITE ARTICLES)
A practical exploration of opera and shadow puppetry, taking a forthcoming Opera Group/Opera North/ROH2 production as a case-study exploring the relationship between music and action, singers and shadows, objects and people.

PURPLE WORKSHOP WITH STEFAN FICHERT (PUPPET PLAYERS)
Puppets on the Opera Stage
In this workshop Stefan Fichert will explain and demonstrate the construction and use of a particular type of puppet which has been used successfully on the opera stage (in a production of Gounod’s Faust, directed by David Pountney at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich). It is a near life-size figure with its animators fully visible. The participants of this workshop will get a chance to actually use these puppets and explore their possibilities. General questions concerning puppetry on the opera stage will be addressed and discussed in this context.

YELLOW WORKSHOP WITH CHRIS PIRIE (GREEN GINGER) AND BILL BANKES-JONES (TÊTE À TÊTE)
How to Make a Puppet Sing
A practical session for artists working in either opera, puppetry or both, coming together to explore the interactions of each others’ art forms. The plan is to devise a staging where puppets without mouths perform the first few bars of Anger, a short opera by Julian Grant and Meredith Oakes.
The workshop will include:
• Brief physical warm-up
• Pianist & singer perform the relevant section of Anger
• Participants form groups, and quickly create their own Bunraku-style puppets
Much of the workshop consists of the separate groups working with Bill and Chris, pianist and singer on staging their own sections of the opera with the puppets they have made. Workshop concludes with the groups coming together to show what they have created, followed by some closing remarks inviting them to consider what they have learned and how it may inform their future work in their own fields.

ORANGE WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL WARR (DOTTED LINE THEATRE) AND LUCY DREVER (PUZZLE PIECE)
Workshop – Puppetry in Opera, A collaborative process In this workshop puppetry director Rachel Warr and opera director Lucy Drever will share details of their collaboration which culminated in a showing of work in progress of King Harald’s Saga by Judith Weir at The Pit in the Barbican as part of this event. The workshop will include:
• Insight into the differences and similarities between the working practices of puppeteers and opera singers;
• Ways of bridging the two disciplines to facilitate integration in the rehearsal room;
• Practical exploration of the techniques they developed to combine puppetry and opera in a shared creative process.
• Exploration of the onstage relationship between singer and puppeteer / puppet;
Please wear something suitable for movement.

GREEN WORKSHOP WITH PHELIM MCDERMOT (IMPROBABLE) AND MARK DOWN (BLIND SUMMIT)
Phelim McDermot of Improbable and Mark Down of Blind Summit will collaborate for the first time to lead a workshop which will look specifically at performing with puppetry. From rough puppets made from newspaper, to simply using your hand as a puppet, to working on three man operated puppets - this workshop will explore the specific opportunities puppetry offers the performer.

BLUE WORKSHOP WITH SEONAID GOODY (GOODY & STOREY) AND TORIA BANKS (TRINITY LABAN)
This workshop will explore being onstage as an active participant, puppeteer and performer, playing with the relationship with objects and the audience. Seonaid, a puppet maker and puppeteer (‘Matilda’, ‘Crow’), and Toria, resident director at Trinity Laban (and co-director with John Wright of ‘Divine Words at CSSD in 2011), co-directed The Empress’s Feet, performed at The Pit in the Barbican at this event. All participants are welcome and all will sing (regardless of ability) in the workshop.

Priority will be given to those who book for the two days as the number of workshop places are limited in order to ensure participants receive maximum benefit. Workshops must be chosen in advance (booking form available shortly) as a high demand is expected.

2 day event
Students: £45
Artists: £60
Organisations: £80

Day 1 Only - Barbican
Students: £30
Artists: £40
Organisations: £50

Day 2 Only - Central School of Speech and Drama, workshops
Students: £30
Artists: £40
Organisations: £50

NB: One place per organisation
Students must provide proof of status
Places are limited

Puppetry in Opera is funded by Grants for the arts, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The Golsoncott Foundation. It is presented by Puppet Centre in collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama and in association with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Barbican.

Please e-mail patricia.brennan@puppetcentre.org.uk for a booking form.


TRAVEL

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Underground
The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. To reach the Barbican, exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.

Rail
The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.

Bus
Bus Route 153 stops close to the Barbican in Chiswell Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Other services running near the Barbican are as follows: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344 (7 days a week); 4, (Mon - Sat); 21, 25, 521 (Mon - Fri).

Car
The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. All car parks have a height restriction of 6’1”. The postcode of the car parks is EC2Y 8DS.

Diversions involving Silk Street 8th October to 17th November 2012. Milton Street will be closed between Milton Court and Silk Street, including junction of Milton Street and Silk Street. Silk Street and Milton Street will be vehicle access only from Chiswell Street.

By Bicycle
The Barbican has a number of cycle racks available for customers. Eight are located at the entrance to Car Park 5 and five are located at the exit to Car Park 3. Cycle helmets and other equipment can be left in any of the Barbican's free cloakrooms.

 

Central School of Speech and Drama
Embassy Theatre, 62 - 64 Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY

Underground
Central is located opposite Swiss Cottage station (Jubilee Line, exit 2), or approximately eight minutes walk from Finchley Road station (Metropolitan Line).

Rail
Finchley Road & Frognal (Overground) station is approximately a ten minute walk.

Bus
The following bus routes stop nearby: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268.

Car
Central is within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) and parking is extremely limited. There is no parking available at the School. There are two blue badge disabled parking bays directly outside. For more disabled parking, visit: http://www.bluebadgelondon.org.uk and search for NW3 3HY on ‘Find a Bay’. Alternatively, visitors with disabilities are welcome to call +44 (0) 20 7722 8183 prior to their visit as we may be able to arrange parking on-site.

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Key Information

Date: Friday 9 November
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Barbican and Central School of Speech and Drama

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