The Body and the Object
Directed by: Agnès Limbos - Cie Gare Centrale e Nicole Mossoux - Cie Nicole Mossoux (BE)
27 May to 1 June (Monday to Saturday)

For: Puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, scenographers, musicians, visual artists and performing arts students
Number of participants: 16
Workshop times: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm
Working languages: French and English
Fee: 85 €
Deadline for applications: 20 May 2013


The inscription in the workshop (subject to selection) is made by the dully filled application form, it can be requested by phone (+351 212 427 621) or by e-mail, and by enclosing a detailed and updated curriculum vitae and a motivation letter.
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The workshop "The Body and the Object" aims at crossing two creative worlds: that of the Theatre-Dance of Nicole Mossoux, choreographer and director of the Compagnie Mossoux-Bonté, in which the scenic presence generates a world of suggestion and wherein the spectator is invited to project him or herself, with the world of Agnès Limbos, actress and director of the Compagnie Gare Centrale, in which we are led to the very borders of archetypal fantasy, through the various significations an object may embody beyond its common daily function.

This year the first moment of Projecto Funicular happens during FIMFA Lx13 - Festival Internacional de Marionetas e Formas Animadas - International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms, allowing simultaneously a glimpse into the creative work of these two artists, with the presentation of their shows.

A week-long intensive aimed at investigating the distinctive world that may result from the meeting of the body in action with that of the object. An ‘exploratory’ laboratory in which we shall examine, through the warm-ups, improvisations and personal experimentations, how to prolong movement

into and through different materials and how to perceive what the material has to teach us: to decode the signs by seeking out the relationship of force and complicity possible between what is living and what is inanimate. The object will be investigated for its own singular poetic significance: object-as-metaphor, as symbol, as suggestion....

The workshop is intended for performing arts professionals, from all backgrounds, actors, dancers, set designers, puppeteers, visual artists, directors... A heterogeneous group is preferable, as the different experience of each participant can enrich the knowledge of the others.


*Funicular Project: a training program of CAMa - Centro de Artes da Marioneta | A Tarumba of international workshops designed for professionals selected on the basis of their curriculum and experience. The inscription is international and due to the selection of the trainers and trainees, combines puppetry with other art forms. The contemporary puppet theatre combines many manipulation techniques or artistic fields. The traditional manipulation techniques are reinvented. The puppeteer must know how to control and manipulate both his body and voice, and, simultaneously, taking advantage of the diversity and aesthetic freedoms from puppetry and animated forms. The first set of workshops was held in 2010, with Stephen Mottram and Agnès Limbos, two very important creators in contemporary puppetry and objects theatre. In November 2011 took place the workshop held by the American Jim Kroupa, one of the most famous and prestigious puppeteer and puppet builder who has worked on several Muppet projects on building mechanisms for puppets. In 2012 took place the workshops “Creating theatre for young audiences: light and movement” directed by Francesca Sorgato and Flop Lefebvre; and “Behind the screen: introduction to shadow and to the shadow theatre” directed by Fabrizio Montecchi, from Teatro Gioco Vita, one of the great masters of contemporary shadow theatre.

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