Puppeteers at Work: Behind the Scenes of the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive

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White faced puppet with two pupeteers

Mysterious things were happening in the Lazlo Funtek teaching wing of the Theatre Complex. The dance studios were filled with clowns doing yoga; suited and be-hatted performers were moving large plush filled dummies through space; dinosaurs roamed the halls, while downstairs a construction space emerged, with a kaleidoscope of materials spawning on every flat surface available, interspersed with sewing machines and power tools. 

But for those in the know, this was no mystery: the 2016 Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive had arrived!

Fascinated by the goings-on down the hall, I finally got a chance to take a peek at the inner workings of the Intensive while the participants prepared for their final showing at the end of the program. They graciously allowed me to bring a camera and share the magic online.