In this workshop, the participants will be guided through a series of exercises based on techniques developed by German marionette master Albrecht Roser. In a relaxed, playful atmosphere, concentration and observation will be the focus as participants work with very simple marionettes. The workshop begins with a ball suspended by a single string and moves into two and three string abstract marionettes and then scarf marionettes. Small groups will explore performance possibilities through marionette performance games. More advanced marionette technique will be explained and demonstrated. No previous experience with marionettes is necessary.
Kurt Hunter is a Minneapolis-based puppeteer best known for his innovative solo marionette work. He has been a performer, designer, builder, teacher and director for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz. He has studied with marionette masters Phillip Huber and Albrecht Roser. He is a frequent workshop leader in marionette construction and performance and has served on the staff of the O’Neill Puppetry Conference. In 2008 he received an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in Puppetry for Sock Puppet Serenade. In 2018 he was awarded a Family Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation for development of Penguin in my Pocket.