10 September 2012 to 21 September 2012
La Bellone
The Power of the Puppet
The Power of the Puppet

The aim of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of the puppet as a strong theatrical medium, with a special emphasis on the role of the puppeteer as a performing actor himself.



Video made by Samuel Volson on the last day of the workshop.

The workshop
The puppeteer does not disappear behind the puppet, his presence on stage is an integral part in the performance. This relationship between the puppet and the puppeteer will be thoroughly explored: how the manipulation of the puppet affects the audience, how the roles of puppet and puppeteer are interchangeable (who serves who?), the differences between the "body language" of the puppet and that of the puppeteer…
The participants will work with the puppets of Neville Tranter’s company Stuffed Puppet and bring them to “life”. Scenes will then be developed to create short dramatical situations.
The result of the work will be shown in a public presentation at the end of the workshop.
Neville Tranter
Neville Tranter

Neville Tranter (1955, Australia) completed his drama in 1976, and founded the Stuffed Puppet Theatre the same year. After the Stuffed Puppet Theatre had taken part in the Festival of Fools in Amsterdam in 1978, Neville Tranter moved to the Netherlands, where his visual and emotional adult puppet theatre developed to assume its present form. In his own brutal, ruthless but poetic way, he confronts the audience with their fears and dreams, urges and desires, personified by what are often life size talking puppets. Combining a minimal decor with sophisticated music, lighting and sound, using the oldest devices of the theatre as well as state of the art technology, solo on stage, with nothing but his puppets plus a number of assistants behind the scenes, Neville Tranter is capable of evoking images that the audience will not forget for a long time. His combination of down to earth humour, deadly seriousness and virtuoso puppetry has already made permanent converts of may who had presumed that for them, puppetry had nothing to offer.


Since years Neville Tranter gives workshops for puppeteers. As specialist in performing with the human size puppets he was invited to almost all major puppet academies in Europe for lessons.



Pierre Piech

Cifas (suite...) offers contemporary artists to illustrate its communication. Pierre Piech illustrated the workshop "The Power of the Puppet". 


Pierre Piech was born in Warsaw in 1978. He studied Visual Arts at ESA Saint-Luc in Belgium. He now lives in Marseille. His graphis universe is inspired by emotions and faces with an East-European tenderness. 

150 € (lunch included)
Send a CV and motivation letter (in English) to cifas@cifas.be before 15 August 2012.
Puppeteers, actors… (12 max)
La Bellone
46 rue de Flandre
1000 Bruxelles
10-15 + 17-21 September 2012
10 am - 6pm

Public presentation on 21.09 at 12:30.

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