Build and Operate your own Puppet
Guided by experienced puppeteer Saskia Thijs, the children over 7 years old will create and operate their own muppet style puppet. During this 3 hour course, Saskia will teach the children basic puppet manipulation and we will have fun improvising!
Leaving room for their imagination and artistic expression, the participants will discover their ability to create their own unique character with their puppet.
At the end of the workshop the children will take their new puppet home with them.
Sunday, March 13th 2022
14:30 - 17:30
40€ per participant (includes materials for your puppet)
Salle du Quai
After studying Fine Art at the Antwerp Academy Saskia Thijs founded her own puppet theatre company Pili-Pili in 1998. As the company’s principal play-write and puppet builder. Over the next 7 years she performed in schools and cultural
centers all over Belgium and Holland, playing about 150 shows a year. Over the same period she followed workshops and master classes with, amongst others, Bert Plagman (Sesame Street), Onni Huisink (Speeltheater Holland), Karel
Van Ransbeek (De Spiegel), Ludo Van Passel (improvisation theatre) , Franki Anderson (fools workshop), Neville Tranter (Stuffed puppet Theatre) and Gavin Glover (Faulty Optic).
In 2003 she created Bus-a-Nova with her partner Ben Zuddhist and since then has performed in several shows such as MobilAirco’s circus show “Foor U” and the “Big Las Vegas Bang Cabaret”. In 2007 she created her solo street show
“Jonny & Sybil” which has played all over Europe. In 2008 she created “Madame Rosa’s incredible Flea Circus” and in 2009 she co-created and played in the hugely successful childrens’ theatre show “Saluut!”, for which she also built the
In 2010 she co-create “The Fenomenarium”, a ground breaking freak inspired theatre show which premiered in the spring of 2011. Her most recent creation is the brand new puppet show “The Extraordinary Children” (2016) and will be
preformed with co performer and musician Janine Hornett at many festivals this summer.
During all these years she has run workshops with children and adults, making puppets and creating little shows. Currently she is working for “Passport pour L’art” in Toulouse, playing shows and making puppets in an English language program.