Coletivo contos de papel, Brazil

Kris is now part of a “paper story collective” led by Brazilian artist Liana Yuri that introduces bilingual school children in Sao Paulo to pop-up and paper puppet theatre. It’s been great fun interacting online with over a hundred happy kids, showing them a prerecorded video of The Wolf and the Monster (Kris’s unorthodox adaptation of Red Riding Hood), demonstrating the puppets live and participating in a simple pop-up making workshop.

Paper puppetry with Galia Levy-Grad

In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kris is feeling very lucky to have been able to participate, along with people from all over the world, in two online courses in pop-up and paper puppetry with the talented Galia Levy-Grad! A specialist in pop-up and other forms of paper theatre, Galia is also a very warm and encouraging teacher. In weekly classes, Galia demonstrated a variety of set and puppet building techniques, assigned homework and gave valuable technical as well as aesthetic feedback. Her assignments, including a final group project (developed in virtual collaboration), were challenging but also lots of fun.

Labo de création avec La Pire Espèce

Photo La Pire Espèce

Kris se trouve privilégié d’avoir pu participer à un labo de création organisé à North Vancouver par la fabuleuse compagnie de théâtre d’objets La Pire Espèce. Deux semaines d’exploration et d’expérimentation fascinantes avec des objets vers le développement de nouveaux spectacles, en collaboration avec des artistes et marionnettistes du Québec et de l’Ouest. En plus, Presentation House Theatre a présenté la nouvelle pièce de La Pire Espèce, L’histoire à finir de Jimmy Jones et son camion célèste. Enfin une occasion de voir et vivre le travail de cette compagnie géniale en personne!

Tournage d’une vidéo marionnette à Radio-Canada

Tournage « Méchant guignol, » dans les bureaux et un studio à Radio-Canada, Vancouver. Une collaboration superbe entre Pierre Beaudoin (réalisation), Mélanie Cossette (actrice), Camille Vernet (caméra) et Kris Fleerackers (acteur et marionnettiste). Le résultat est une « performance éclair » pour L’atelier culturel, tournée en une journée et qui combine des éléments de théâtre d’objets, de marionnettes et d’humains avec le langage visuel du cinéma de court métrage.

Puppet Camp!

Today was the last day of an intensive Puppet Camp for children and youth at the Gibsons & District Public Library. Three days of chaotic fun and mindblowing creativity. We explored puppet building and performance, using sock, tabletop and giant puppets that we made ourselves in class. The results surpassed all expectations! Many thanks to Danielle Arsenault and the Gibsons library for making this possible.

Professional workshop with Bernd Ogrodnik

A chance to learn from a true master! Kris was very pleased to be invited to this two-day workshop for professional puppeteers with Bernd Ogrodnik, organized by Presentation House Theatre. Bernd is Iceland’s state puppeteer, as well as the puppet creator and star performer for the amazing live action marionette film Strings. Carving all of his puppets out of wood, he aspires to be for puppetry what Stradivarius was to violin playing, and to realize its full potential as a high art.

Bread and Puppet’s Grasshopper Rebellion

So great to perform with the legendary Bread and Puppet Theater again, decades after my first experience with them in New York City. This time they came to Vancouver, for workshops and two performances at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, of course including one of their epic stilt walker and giant puppet parades through the downtown streets!