The 13th edition of MANIPULATE will start with a series of workshops and a sharing on Friday 31 January, and end with an industry event on Saturday 8 February 2020.

Opening the workshop programme is ROUGH MIX by Magnetic North. Since 2019, Puppet Animation Scotland, Festival de Casteliers, and Magnetic North have been working in partnership to create a new collaboration between two puppetry artists: one from Québec and the other from Scotland. See the results in a free but ticketed sharing at Summerhall. (FRI 31 JAN / Summerhall)

Improbable Dolls’ Nataly Lebouleux and Kieran Sheehan will deliver METAMORPHOSIS: The Animated Body; a two-day workshop for confident dancers and physical/visual theatre practitioners which explores – in a cross-art context – the creation of new relationships between the animated film image and the performing artist. It will focus on the development of a character’s physicality and inner life. Using Nataly’s animated film PAPER THIN, as source material, participants will also gain insights into the creative process employed to create her production MINA. (FRI 31 JAN – SAT 1 FEB / Summerhall)

Leading puppeteer Gavin Glover presents NASTY PUPPETS, a three-day workshop exploring the dark side of contemporary puppetry performance. In this physically intense but fun workshop, open to all inquisitive theatre practitioners, the participants will explore the role of the performer and the puppet together, observe their relationship through some slightly disturbing scenarios, and look at the emotions and the empathy that audiences can feel for a puppet. However, the puppets will stand up for themselves, they will answer, they will fight back! (MON 3 – WED 5 Feb 2020 / Summerhall)

If you cannot attend the workshop but want to find out more, why not attend an informal sharing on the last day of the workshop where participants will share the explorations and discoveries they have made. (WED 5 FEB / Summerhall)

Join us for a half-day industry-focused event where you will be able to participate in Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP). Led by Tashi Gore, during CRITICAL RESPONSE PROCESS: A Primer, participants will explore the process with an initial CRP demonstration and workshop involving cake. They will then watch AFTER METAMORPHOSIS, Lewis Sherlock‘s & Ali Maloney’s reinterpretation of Kafka’s classic, and then experience practically how CRP can be used as a valuable and versatile tool that aids the development of a work in progress. (SAT 8 FEB / Summerhall)

If you have access to a British sign language interpreter or would like us to provide one in order to attend the event, please send us a request by Monday 9 December. For more access information see our dedicated access page click here.

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