Frankie and team returned last week from their first-ever trip to Taiwan’s International Yunlin Puppet Theatre Festival 2013 from 5 – 13 October 2013. They had a fantastic time at the Festival. There were 19 groups from six countries at the Festival, including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Our good friends from the Behind the Actors Theatre Group from Indonesia (who organised the Bandung International Puppet Festival last month) were there as well.
Frankie and team have just finished their time in Jakarta. They had a great time and even had an (unscheduled) opportunity to perform at the Epicentrum Shopping Mall for the general public and some children from underprivileged homes as well. Indonesian Vice-President Dr. Boediono opened the carnival at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah park last Monday, and the Carnival was held across four main locations: three stages at the National Museum on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, one at the Usmar Ismail Theater on Jl. HR Rasuna Said, one stage in the Kauman Pewayangan Theater in Taman Mini and one stage at the National Museum.
here’s a video from our Thai puppeteer friend, Mr. Nivet, who held an exhibition on ASEAN Puppetry in Thailand recently. The exhibition featured a variety of puppetry styles from the various ASEAN nations. (By the way, you can catch a glimpse of Frankie at about 3:03 into the video.) You can find out more about Mr. Nivet’s work at HERE.
Frankie’s been teaching puppetry performance as the Artist-in-Residence at the LASALLE College of the Arts‘ Faculty of Performing Arts this past month. After working with Frankie, the Level 2 students from the Diploma in Performance programme will be presenting a children’s puppetry programme ‘Dippets – Fun in the Flexi’ at the Flexible Performance Space (Block F Level 1) at the LASALLE Campus (1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940).
The performances are on this coming Thursday and Friday, at 4pm & 8pm on both days. Admission is totally free, so bring yourself and the young (or young-at-heart) and drop by for the performances! Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP (just indicate your name and number of people attending). See you!
We had a great time at the 5th Meeting of the ASEAN Puppetry Association and Celebration of ASEAN Traditional Puppetry. Organised by the ASEAN Puppetry Association (APA), this fifth instalment was held at the Arts House at the Old Parliament in Singapore from 23 – 25 Jan 2013.
Frankie and team were privileged to present two performances of ‘Streets of Singapore’ to our ASEAN counterparts during this event. At the opening ceremony, the Guest-of-Honour was Dr. Makarim Wibisono, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation. We were also the final performers for the Closing Ceremony, where Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, Vice Minister for Culture and Education of the Republic of Indonesia was the Guest-of-Honour. All in all, it was also a great time to connect with friends and puppeteers from all over ASEAN.
Frankie’s quoted in the article, alongside Ria of Papermoon Puppet Theatre and Festival producer Terence Tan, but unfortunately you can only read Frankie’s blurb in the hard copy edition or if you have a full online subscription. Nonetheless, it’s a great idea to grab a copy of the papers. It’s on page three of the Life! section.
it’s just over a week to the start of the ASEAN Puppetry Festival. Frankie is busy working on the Festival Finale, ‘A Thousand Faces, One Vision’, which will feature the combined effort of the various delegates of the Festival. The Finale will be held at the Goodman Arts Centre on 10 November at 8pm. Admission is free.
In the mean time, I’d like to introduce the three ticketed events to you. Tickets for these are available at SISTIC. Here they are:
The ASEAN Puppetry Festival is a biennial puppetry festival showcasing the puppetry arts of Southeast Asia. Held under the auspices of the ASEAN Foundation, it features a cross-section of contemporary Southeast Asian puppetry, with a combination of recognised artists and emerging voices from the region.
From 2nd to 10th November, Singapore will be hosting 2012’s instalment of the Festival, with a series of seminars, workshops and public performances at the Goodman Arts Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade Waterfront, Malay Heritage Centre and other select venues across the island.
catch this short video of our performance at the 15th Istanbul International Puppet Festival, which was held from 3 to 13 May 2012. This performance was held at the Halkali KSM Theatre in Istanbul. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
This trip is presented with the kind support of the National Arts Council (Singapore), Singapore International Foundation and Lee Foundation Singapore.
The second leg of the ASEAN Puppetry Exchange (APEX) trip was in Vientiane, Laos. This was an interesting (and tiring) trip as Frankie had the task of training 15 adults and youths from the Vulnerable Youth Development Association’s Jampalao puppet troupe. He conducted a five-day puppet-making and performance workshop, culminating in a puppet performance of the classic Lao text, Sinxai, by the group. The enthusiastic group made 6 brand new puppets, rehearsed and staged the performance within the short time frame, which was no small feat, to say the least.
Frankie also performed in three schools: the Udom Phon Primary School (20th April), Xai Settha Secondary School (23rd April) and Tha Ngon Village Primary School (25th April). The open-air shows were warmly-received by the crowds amidst the hot weather, many of whom have never seen a string puppet before. Frankie had to improvise when some of the venues didn’t have amplification/electricity, but it was well worth the effort to share his craft with his new friends.