Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Summer Workshop Neville TranterThe Institut International de la Marionnette offers an international workshop from July 2 to 18, 2018, in the new premises of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette on the theme of cabaret.

At the heart of this workshop, there is the work of Kurt Weill, his berliner period (1919-1933), the encounter with the instruments puppet and voice, directed by a great puppet master, Neville Tranter (Stuffed Puppet Theatre) accompanied by a pianist, Françoise Perpète.


  • Acquiring and developing skills specific to puppet animation.
  • Knowing how to maintain the illusion of the object’s autonomy by working on the dissociation body/object.
  • Associating the work of singing with the instrumental practice.
  • Working in conjunction with another on the question of performance.
  • Combining the rhythmic rigour of manipulation with that of the music.
  • Connecting these disciplinary fields around the common notion of rhythm.
  • Uniting this work with Cabaret dramaturgy by exploring the repertoire from the interwaryears of Kurt Weill, from expressionism to the Roaring Twenties.

Neville Tranter, originally from Australia, founded the Stuffed Puppet Theatre. He settled in the Netherlands in 1978. He has incontestably become one of the masters of life-sized puppets and the virtuosity of his very personal style – related to ventriloquism – is impressive.

The workshop will close with a public presentation, in the form of a Cabaret of course!

  • Languages : French, English
  • Lenght : 91 hours
  • Place : École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette
  • Profile of the participants : Puppeteers, actors, singers
  • Fees : 1000 € individual payment or 1400 € AFDAS or other supports
  • Deadline for applications : May 14th 2018

Find out more on the Institut website.