Sidekick Project’s Rod Puppet Workshop

We’re both continuing our work as puppeteers with the Sidekick Project. Today we had a workshop outside our usual schedule, taught by 陳錦濤 (Master Chan) who specialises in this particular type of rod puppet that is the first type to be used Hong Kong, and has a long history:手托木偶. It’s different from other rod puppets, because the rods that operate the hands are inside the puppet and not visible – they attach at about 90 degrees to the hands. There is a wooden shoulder piece inside that the head fits through and gives the puppet its shape. The head is held directly in one hand, and both rods are held in the other hand (slightly crossed over). Continue reading Sidekick Project’s Rod Puppet Workshop

Polyphonic Singing Workshops

Michelle and I are co-teaching Polyphonic singing workshops (presented with We Draman). Here are some photos from today’s class (mostly of Michelle teaching because I’m the one taking the photos.)

Today’s Class

The groups are working on devising some ways to perform the songs we’ve been teaching them. Today both groups were working with a Georgian song (a version of Mirangula.)

Puppetry and New Projects

We’ve been busy with a puppetry project at the JCCAC recently – this is a view from the roof. It’s been fun to learn some new skills that we can put to use in future projects.