April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

La marionnette - transformer le quotidien

with Les Blettes
© Patrice Tremblay
Grade 5–9 Francophone Theatre Workshops Visual Arts

Duration: about 1 hour
Maximum number of participants: 25-30 students
Offered to students in class only (teacher must be present)
Offered in French only

Part 1 – Theory
Exploring different practices in the art of puppetry. This overview will focus on the work of artists who use everyday things (objects, food, clothing) to create vibrant characters and bring a touch of poetry to daily life.

Part 2 – Practice
From an old t-shirt or piece of fabric, make a human-arm marotte (a puppet controlled from below with a central rod)

+ Manipulation exercises.


  • Encourage thinking about the environmental situation by giving a second life to objects and materials in our recycling bins.
  • Awaken creativity and imagination by revealing the poetic/theatrical aspects of everyday objects.

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