I’m delighted to share that I’ve been awarded a month-long creative research residency and cross-cultural exchange! I’ll spend the month of March in Montréal, hosted by the Casteliers puppetry festival and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
From the press release:
Casteliers, the Montreal Arts Council and Puppet Showplace Theater are pleased to announce the winners of the Montreal-New England cross-based research and creation residence, puppeteers Caroline Bernier-Dionne and Veronica Barron. Both will benefit from the experience to work on their respective projects and enrich their artistic approach through exchanges with their host community.
Initiated in 2017 by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Casteliers, the residence for Montreal’s professional puppeteer will allow Caroline Bernier-Dionne to stay in the United States in Brookline, a suburb of Boston. mid-March to mid-April 2019. It will be hosted by Puppet Showplace Theater, a puppet theater specialist. Casteliers will host, with the collaboration of the Borough of Outremont and the International House of Puppetry Arts (MIAM), the puppeteer Veronica Barron from March 3 to 31, 2019. This cross-residence is made possible thanks to the support from the Montreal Arts Council.
Veronica Barron’s artistic process and training combine theatre, dance, puppetry, clowning and singing. Her artistic work focuses on the body as both familiar and alien, intimate and distant. The concepts of gender and vulnerability are also an integral part of her relationship to the body in her theatrical performances that use simple, everyday materials.
In October 2018, Veronica Barron presented her short form Be Clean at the Unfinished Puppet Festival Micro-Festival in Trois-Rivières where she discovered the creative freedom of the puppet arts community in Quebec. This residency will be an opportunity to continue the exchanges with the artists who saw the potential of his project. With a feminist approach, she hopes to further explore women’s body diversity, through dance, shadows and the use of clothing as puppets.