Celebrating World Puppetry Day for first time in Calgary
Peace with puppet hand in puppet hand
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With a fury of felt, fun and furry-ness, World Puppetry Day is heading to Calgary for the first time with an attempt to create the world’s longest chain of puppets – no strings attached. Although some glue might be involved.
On March 21, WP Puppet Theatre will be exploring how puppets bring people together by giving Calgarians a chance to create their own three-foot tall puppet cutout, which will all be linked together at the end of the day to create a chain of puppets holding hands.
Artistic Director Wendy Passmore-Godfrey said puppets have a fun and non-threatening way for people to express ideas and emotions.
“But underlying that, they’ve been rebels, stirred up issues and been voices for people that don’t have a voice,” said Passmore-Godfrey. “It’s not all fun and games and fluff and fur.”
She said she’s seen puppets used by children who are selective mutes to communicate, and by the type of people who have something important to say, but prefer to hide behind a screen or a character they’ve created.
“It’s a fun that’s disguising a really deep instinct to anthropomorphise things in our life and understand people, relationships, objects, history and all of that kind of stuff,” she explained.
The event will also feature performances from local professionals, and an open mic to let people get up and speak with their puppets.
The Calgary Puppetry Day is the kick of for the company’s Biennial Puppet Power conference in May, which will explore the theme of connecting generations.
Calgary Puppetry Day takes place at Fort Calgary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free.