We read them. We listen to them. We watch them. The rest of us, create them. In some form or fashion, we all love stories.
March 16 through 19, the Festival of Animated Objects is returning for its eighth edition as it brings world-class artists together. Artists, such as Xstine Cook, Nikki Loach, WONDERHEADS Theatre and Heather Henson – the youngest of Jim and Jane Henson’s five children – will come together to story tell through another perspective-animated objects. With masks, puppetry, gadgets, gizmos and, most importantly, our imaginations, we’re promised to have our judgement overshadowed by our curiosity.
We can expect to see some of the most original creations, mythical beasts and unique creatures come alive through puppet shows, film screenings, gallery exhibitions and workshops. Shows will take place at a variety of venues in and around downtown Calgary, including Arts Commons and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1.
Shows for the young and young at heart
With the upcoming celebration of Canada’s 150th, Face Off, which can be viewed March 16 through 18th at the Leighton Art Centre, we’ll discover how wild and varied the Canadian identity can be. In collaboration with Xstine Cook, artists of CAOS and over 300 students from Sunalta School, we’ll live vicariously through their experiences of introspection, family memory collection and mask making.
For the “big kids”, there are two showings of Dolly Wiggler Cabaret at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1. Even though there are two showings, tickets go quickly and you’ll regret missing out on this production.
These are just a couple of the many shows and activities that will be happening during the Festival of Animated Objects. There is a range in ticket pricing from FREE to a $100 Flex Pass, which allows you four ticket vouchers to use in any combination of your choice. Be sure to view the Program Guide for a full schedule and pricing to plan your weekend with your friends and family.
Written by: Nicole MacDougall
Image: WONDERHEADS, LOON photo by Andrew Phoenix