Shadow Puppetry: Animating Through Figure and Voice

Apr 15, 2023

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

538 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA 52240

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The Middle Tell, Johanna Winters

This workshop is a thematic introduction to shadow puppetry as a bridge between performance, poetry, and visual art. The workshop will offer a balance between language and image-based narrative. Students will explore modes of shadow theater using analog overhead projectors as cinematic devices, and will also learn techniques for constructing shadow puppets made from cut paper and wire. For those who wish to perform their work live, we will host a performance “event” at the culmination of the workshop.

This workshop will be co-taught by collaborators Johanna Winters and Sarah Minor, who are developing a live shadow theater performance to be debuted in Iowa City in late Spring 2023.

Open to ages 18+.

Registration deadline: April 1

Johanna Winters is an artist, educator, and puppeteer who is currently the Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. Her work engages printmaking, puppetry, video, performance, and sculpture to consider the condition of a puppet-protagonist who performs her sensuality for the camera. Johanna’s work has been exhibited and performed nationally—recently at the H & R Block Artspace (Kansas City, Missouri), Charlotte Street (Kansas City, Missouri), Drama Club (Chicago), and Coop Gallery (Nashville, Tennessee). Prior to her artistic pursuits, Winters trained as a professional cross country skier and competed on an Olympic-development ski team based in the upper Midwest. Sarah Minor is an interdisciplinary artist and the author of three books, including Slim Confessions, winner of the 2021 Noemi Press Prize; Bright Archive (Rescue Press 2020), winner of the Big Other Nonfiction Book Award; and The Persistence of the Bonyleg, a chapbook from Essay Press. Minor is the recipient of the Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, an Individual Research Grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has been collected in places like Best American Experimental Writing, Advanced Creative Nonfiction, and A Harp in the Stars.

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