CLUNK Puppet Lab

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CLUNK Puppet Lab is a multi-disciplinary company based in Toronto, Canada. We create original work through the exploration of highly visual theatre. Our experimental approach to collective collaboration strives to delve into the minute, intimate moments and connections of shared human experience, by integrating unconventional practices such as puppetry, physical theatre and sculpture/installation. CLUNK premiered their inaugural show “How I Became Invisible” at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary for a two week run in the fall of 2011. The show was later featured as the main stage show, where it was performed to sold out houses at the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival in Almonte Ontario in August, 2012. Most recently HIBI toured to the Spring Works Festival in Stratford Ontario in May 2014. CLUNK Puppet Lab has also created and performed a number of new short works that have toured to various festivals including: Gone Fishin' at Fresh Idea's in Puppetry and at OUF Festival in Montreal, “Fin” at the Festival de Castelliers; “The Unremarkable Disappearance of Mr. Ogorki” at the Fresh Ideas in Puppetry, as well as at Theatre Passe Muraille in Dutch Uncle’s Gregori’s Phantastic Big Time Show. Additionally, CLUNK has worked building for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop on their show “Ignorance”; built and performed in their new NFB film “From Naughty to Nice”, have taught at the Humber College Puppetry Intensive and Master Class Series, puppeteered in a music video for Chris Demeanor’s Gunslinger, were commissioned by Forte Musical Theatre to build the puppets for their show Maria Rasputin Presents, and puppeteered on a children’s TV demo for Kim Persona. CLUNK has also collaborated with David Lane of New England Puppetry on “Chronicles of Rose” the story of Rose Valland, the curator of the Jeu du Paume Museum in Paris which was commandeered by the Nazis during the occupation of France in WWII.

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