Spookmeister Stephen Taberner invited me to enter this competition and challenged me to do a bit more than wave my puppets around in front of the camera. Marcelo Zerwes agreed to film, edit and take a risk with me, much thanks to him for his superb job [...]
Aria showcased 8 puppetry performances and live Opera. I created a puppetry performance to my favourite Aria from the Opera La Wally by Catalini that featured in the 80s cult movie Diva. Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez sang on the original soundtrack the haunting aria ”Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”. The piece is a reverie [...]
The Snuff Puppets brought their spectacular cross-cultural collaboration with artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Federation Square and invited Australian Artists to be a part of ‘Wedhus Gembel’. The Snuffies tour their giant puppet show around the world, they left for Peru [...]
I was invited by artist/theatre director Michael Camilleri to make giant baskets from paper for a backdrop for his production of Waa and the Seven Sisters at Melbourne Museum. The story was told by Uncle Larry Walsh and [...]
Urban Planners at City of Darebin offered me an unusual commission to transform Public Toilets using Art that would appeal to children and families. The toilet block is adjacent to a playground and the Thornbury Maternal and Child Health Centre and was experiencing some anti-social behaviour. I came up with the concept of fish-eye portraits. [...]
Terence Jaensch invited me to perform two short puppetry pieces for the Castlemaine State Festival ‘Let me hear your body talk’ Literary Program. Lachlan Plain and I revised ‘Adam’s rib’ that I created for a Puppetry slam and we created ‘Blue Skies’ [...]
“I was inside a dragon!!!” said a grade 6 boy in rapturous tone after securing the belly of the beast with gaffer tape. I was invited by Anna Malin an inspiring Art Teacher at Caulfield Grammar to design something spectacular for the Atrium entrance of the Wheelers Hill Campus. After consultation with Grade [...]
I created a stage adaptation of the novel ‘Death at Intervals’ by Portuguese author José Saramago. For the first production at La Mama Carlton Courthouse Theatre, I took on the roles of writer, director, puppet maker, puppeteer and actor. The work explores a mythical country where death ceases to exist. Puppetry elevated the magic [...]
News: Day of the Dead Mariarchi Band
A Day of the Dead band that plays every day of the year. Imagine Calexico meets Mariarchi meets Tim Burton with a Swamp/Psychobilly/TexMex mix. Band members appear in Mariarchi gear and giant skull heads.
I am making costumes as above and playing with Dave Evans (Band Who Knew Too Much) on accordion and cornet and Rosalind Hall (Snuff Puppets among other things http://rosalind-hall.com) on saxophone and an especially amazing musician, name to be announced soon.... I'll be running around with skeleton puppets and an explosion of Mexican inspired characters.
We can't wait!