Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


Organised by the Latin American Subcommission of the Americas Commission, and the Professional Training Commission of UNIMA International.

Friday 29/9 and Saturday 30/9, via personalised Zoom (the link will be sent once you have registered for the workshop).


11am Argentina / Uruguay / Brazil / Dominican Republic

9h Ecuador / Colombia

8h Mexico (Mexico DF)

Free participation

Registration required at three-americas@unima.org

IMPORTANT! Please send: name, email, contact telephone number, brief CV, country of residence BEFORE 20/9.

Corresponding certificates will be issued.




Interaction and dialogue between shadow theatre and projected video image, exploratory and research module by Alessandra Amicarelli (90 minutes per session).

In the artistic research I have been conducting for over two decades, shadow theatre and puppetry interact with video images projected on screens and moving surfaces to create a theatre of drawing on stage.

What has always intrigued me is to explore the relationship between the movement of the projected drawing and the movement of bodies on stage. I prefer the creation of video images using the technique of stop motion animated drawn silhouettes, a technique with a poetics similar to Muybridge’s pre-cinema, and first used as a form of cinematic animation in Lotte Reiniger’s feature films. My interest lies in achieving a convergence between low, archaic and universal technologies (drawing) and high, sophisticated and specialised technologies (editing software, mapping, interaction) in a sensitive, poetic, subtle and unobtrusive way. The three-hour training module provides an insight into the creative and technical process I explore, from drawing to video mapping. A practical segment will be devoted to creating a short visual shadow poem using participants’ drawings, a sketchbook and an LED torch: it will be about creating a shadow notebook! Alessandra Amicarelli

Duration of the online module: 3 hours in two sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes each, over two consecutive days.

The module will be conducted in Italian (with translation into Spanish and Portuguese).



1 A4 size notebook (lined, gridded, blank or coloured, it doesn’t matter).

1 individual LED torch (if not available, the LED light of a mobile phone works fine)

3/4 sheets of black cardboard A4 size, 200 gsm

1 sheet of A4 size carbon paper

about ten paper clips (maximum length 1 cm)

1 roll of paper tape

1 sharp tweezers

Scissors and/or utility cutter

Drawing pencils

Choice of colours (markers, acrylics, coloured pencils, watercolours)



Alessandra Amicarelli works as a puppeteer, set designer, director, performer, trainer and creator of contemporary animated theatre experiences.

During her two decades in France, her performances, installations and experiences in contemporary animated theatre were produced and presented all over Europe. She currently lives and works in Italy.

He founded in Milan the SPAZIO LABORATORIO FONTANILI – TEATRO ANIMATO, a space dedicated to the research and creation of projects in contemporary puppetry arts.

Its editorial project, ANIMATAZINE, is a fanzine dedicated to animated theatre, created in collaboration with an editorial team composed mainly of Italian puppeteers. His work was recognised with the ANCT Critics’ Prize in 2022 and a special mention from the Eolo Prize for animated theatre in 2023.

He regularly teaches workshops and professional training, and currently runs the course “Digital Animation” within the advanced programme ANIMATERIA in Piacenza, Italy, aimed at experienced puppetry professionals, covering both physical and digital techniques and associated languages.

She graduated with honours from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières.