The Book of Thel

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Date(s) - 17 Jan 2014 until 18 Jan 2014
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Rotary Centre for the Arts


Jan 17 & 18 8pm $10 Student $15 Adult

The Book of Thel is an original theatrical creation in experimental ‘light’ puppetry created and performed by puppeteer Clea Minaker and her collaborators. The performance is an adaptation of a poem entitled The Book of Thel, first published in London, England, in 1789 by the enigmatic and visionary artist, William Blake.

A performer, designer, and director, Clea Minaker collaborates bringing the language of contemporary puppetry to creations in theatre, opera, dance, video, film, and live music. In 2007-2008 she toured internationally with Feist, The Reminder Tour, creating and performing shadow puppetry and video manipulations. Clea was awarded the Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Theatre Design by Ronnie Burkett in 2009. She also collaborated with Atom Egoyan as the Shadow Designer, designing and performing a shadow puppetry sequence for the ‘Dance of Seven Veils’ in the 2013 re-mount of Egoyan’s production of Salome by Richard Strauss at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Trained at the International Institute of Puppetry Arts (2002 -2005) in Charleville-Mezieres, France, Clea’s original creations evoke a poetic and emotive quality. Her scenic compositions situate clandestine manipulation within ever-evolving scenic spaces, to produce a ‘total’ image.

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