Fes­ti­val of An­i­mated Ob­jects kicks off

An­i­mated Ob­jects are not al­ways pup­pets. Some­times, it’s a cabaret at Le­gion #1, per­formed as the au­di­ence en­joys a pint. Here are five things about the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of An­i­mated Ob­jects, writes Stephen Hunt

Calgary Herald - - FRONT PAGE - In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of An­i­mated Ob­jects March 7-15 Cal­gary Her­ald an­i­mate­dob­jects.ca shunt@cal­gary­her­ald.com twit­ter.com

1. Loads of Old Trouts. They’re do­ing two shows, Fa­mous Pup­pet Death Scenes and Trunk Pup­pets — the first time an Old Trouts show has pre­mièred at An­i­mated Ob­jects, says Xs­tine Cook. “Ev­ery year, we foster the pre­mière of a new show,” she says, “and this year, iron­i­cally, it’s the Trouts.”

2. Sagowsko, San­dra Lamouche. “She’s from Leth­bridge,” says Cook. “If you’ve ever watched hoop danc­ing, they use the hoops to cre­ate dif­fer­ent shapes to tell dif­fer­ent parts of the story. It’s a very dif­fer­ent way of ap­proach­ing the con­cept of an­i­mated ob­jects, but it is telling a story through an ob­ject.”

3. Hu­man Au­tom­a­ton Theatre Ar­cade. “It’s kind of a whole trend go­ing on in Europe and South Amer­ica,” says Cook, “where you cre­ate this tiny lit­tle show in a suit­case and an au­di­ence mem­ber sits down in front of it, puts on a pair of head­phones and peers into a lit­tle box and you per­form the show for them.”

4. New venues (Theatre Junc­tion Grand and Le­gion #1): “We’re just re­ally ex­cited to put work in the Grand,” says Cook. “Ev­ery time I walk in the doors of the Grand, you just feel that sense of his­tory and oh my god, it’s just amaz­ing to present that work in there.”

5. Miss Sug­ar­coat. A one per­son clown show from Cal­gary’s Alice Nel­son. “It’s a com­edy,” says Nel­son, “about an el­e­men­tary school teacher who’s try­ing to nav­i­gate her way with dif­fi­cult ad­min­is­tra­tion, he­li­copter par­ents and high needs chil­dren.”

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