Peoples Puppet Project
Peoples Puppet Project

Peoples Puppet Project

The People's Puppet Project is our highly successful workshop model in our Community Cultural Development program. It is a unique model in which diverse community groups work intensively with Snuff Puppets to design, build and perform with their own puppets.

People's Puppet Projects inspire communities to make beautiful giant puppet spectacles to:
• investigate our dreams, fantasies of the other, of what could be,
• explain our surroundings and our reactions to them, and
• react against the expected, challenge expectations and understandings of the norm.

All projects are tailor-made to suit the abilities and agenda of a community. Our workshop techniques are suitable for all participants of any age and from any background: artists, students or members of the general public.

Each project demands an intense degree of input from participants inside a structure that professionally supports their creative ideas. This leads to high quality performances that are technically, philosophically and visually extraordinary whilst at the same time creating a work that is genuinely meaningful to the community of people who have created it.

Watch a collection our past projects in various locations across Australia, as well as Indonesia, Korea, Europe and Taiwan.
>> People's Puppet Projects Video
>> Documentary: People's Puppet Project in Denmark
>> People's Puppet Project Flyer (PDF)

The PPP metholodgy

A People's Puppetry Project (PPP) has three distinct stages which form the framework for the creation of the final performance.

Part 1: Building Ideas

We begin working with a group of participants to imagine and design spectacular puppets over a period ranging from 3 days to 3 months. All participants feed into the narrative and image flow of the project and from this we begin building the puppets based on our collective ideas. Snuff Puppets’ artistic experience and creative expertise enables us to encourage participants to realise their ideas as puppets and through expressive performance.

Part 2: Performance Making

With the appropriate level of facilitation required for the group, we work with participants to devise a narrative and style for a performance and rehearse the piece. Our musical director then steps in, working with the group to design an original soundtrack to accompany choreography of the piece.

Part 3: Performance

All of the elements come together: puppets, narrative and music. They may be presented as a one-off event at a festival or parade, or as a season of performances. By combining the elements of puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre, we create an inclusive and collaborative performance mode that engages both the participants and the audiences across all cultures and social groups.

People's Puppet Projects in Indonesia

Snuff Puppets began a relationship with the not-for-profit organisation Yayasan Bagong Kussudiardja in 2006 when we traveled to Yogyarkarta to conduct our first PPP in Indonesia. We have since conducted another two PPPs at the centre and these projects have resulted in a greater understanding and affection amongst the local artists and audiences for the Snuff Puppets and our work in Yogyakarta.

Selected People's Puppet Projects

Herning 100, Denmark - 2013
OzFest, India - 2012
Hi-Seoul Festival, Korea - collaboration with Tuida - 2011
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Victoria - collaboration with LEAP - 2011
Hwacheon, Korea - collaboration with Tuida - 2010
Kaohsiung International Puppet Festival, Taiwan 2010
Peter Sabroe School, Aarhus Festival, Denmark, 2010
Come Out Festival, Whyalla, South Australia 2009
Taipei International Children’s Art festival, Taiwan 2009
Yayasan Bagong Kussudiardja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2008
Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2006
Worawa Aboriginal Collage, Australia 2005
World Social Forum, Brazil 2005
Q-Fest, Outback Western Australia 2003-04
Oreal Festival, Netherlands 2003
Singapore International Arts Festival 2002
Shizuoka World Cup, Japan 2001+02
Osaka Arts University, Japan 2000

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