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Constructing Fragmented Puppets to Explore Personal Constructs of the Disabled Body

THIS WORKSHOP IS PART OF Puppet Power 2018: Story | A Conference on Applied Puppetry
June 1-3, 2018 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday)
Venue partner: University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts (2500 University Dr NW)

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Emma Fisher will start this workshop with a talk and she will be joined by mechanical designer Ivan Owen. The talk will be about her auto-ethnopuppetry play Pupa and creating an exo-skeleton with Owen.

Inspired by fairytales, Pupa creates a fantastical world where the narratives of six disabled artists find expression through a range of characters. These testimonies examine what it is to identify with a disabled identity, and ‘come out’ as disabled. Within Pupa, Fisher experimented with unconventionally constructed puppets, as well as puppeteering her own disabled limb with an exo-skeleton, to question how she viewed disability in her own body.

Participants will then have an opportunity to make a simple rod puppet and explore how the puppets walk in the space. They will look at fragmenting the puppet to create a truer representation of how we view illness and disability in our bodies; questioning how in a puppet world where puppet bodies are all different what being “other” even means.

This workshop will explore the puppet’s body which is materially constructed and as such has the ability to represent everybody. This ability to physically embody any shape, makes the puppet ideally position to explore what it means to be disabled.


About Emma Fisher and Ivan Owen

Emma Fisher is currently in the final stages of her PhD in Puppetry in the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her research is both practice-based and written. It explores unconventionally constructed puppets that reflect the disabled body, exploring where testimony and puppetry can meet, and looks at the history of puppetry to see how it has been applied in ways that transcend oppression and the body.

She has recently published a paper with Laura Purcell Gates in the RiDE Journal, and in the Puppet Notebook. She is on the working group of the UNIMA Research Commission and in August 2017 organised a symposium in puppetry, disability and health called The Broken Puppet. She is currently organising The Broken Puppet 2 Symposium with Laura Purcell-Gates and Cariad Astles to be held at Bath Spa University in 2018. She is the secretary of Irish UNIMA.

She is a puppeteer, set and puppet designer and puppet playwright. She set up Beyond the Bark, an inclusive puppet and installation theatre in 2007, which has toured Europe. She was nominated for an Irish Times theatre award for set design in 2010. She worked for Helium Children’s Art and Health from 2009 to 2014 as a puppeteer in residence with children in isolation in hospitals.

Ivan Owen is the co-inventor of the first open-source 3D printable hand prosthesis & a volunteer for the e-NABLE open prosthetics community. His past work has included musical composition, metal casting, jewelry, recreations of medieval armor and costume and prop making for stage and screen including Modern Family and Outrageous Acts of Science. His most recent project has been working with Emma Fisher to create a functional, wearable mechanical artistic creation & with her exploring ways in which digital fabrication can be utilized in puppetry.





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