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Bunraku Puppet Building Training

  • Compagnie Arketal 4 Impasse Chaumière Cannes, PACA, 06400 France (map)

Puppet building according to the Japanese Bunraku traditional technique

Conducted by Thomas Lundqvist

Training Objectives

The training proposes the sculpture of the several elements of the puppet, the assembly of the mechanisms in the head, and of the puppet, without realization of the cloths. The finishing of the head, the hands and the legs is the same, technic and material, that the one used for realization of masks Nô. The head, the arms and the legs are sculpted in "jeluton", a kind of light wood easier to work on than the Japanese cedar, which cannot be found in Europe. The work is carried out with Japanese traditional tools and the workshop starts by learning their use and care.

It is advisable to speak English to follow this training.

This course is proposed to: Theatre professionals, puppeteers, actors, plastic artists and set designers.

L’Atelier d'Arketal-The Arketal Workshop is since ten years a place of professional training on puppet art directed by Greta Bruggeman. Beyond the transmission of techniques, the Arketal Workshop wants to be an open meeting point for the creative adventure and for sharing knowledge and experiences among the training participants.

Thomas Lundqvist-Graduate at the School of Art of Stockholm, Thomas Lundqvist is puppet maker, sculptor and puppeteer. He works regularly for several Swedish companies and for television. He teaches at the University of Stockholm and at the Puppet Theatre School of Turku (Finland). He applies his art especially to the Japanese theatre Bunraku puppet for which he has become the most important specialist in Europe.

Practical Information- The UNIMA grant covers the pedagogical cost.The cost for travel, accommodation and meals will be paid by the student.

Accommodations in Cannes:

couchsurfing (several websites)

Tél: +33 (0)493 68 92 00