Montreal, August 15, 2023 – Casteliers, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and Le Schatz House are pleased to announce that Caroline Tanguay and Floribert Pertulien Bantsimba are the recipients of the 2023-2024 Creative research residencies for professional puppeteers from Montréal.
With the goal of developing puppetry arts, these residencies will give the artists the opportunity to work on their respective projects and to take advantage of specialized spaces, equipment, and resources. The residencies will each last for seventeen (17) days. They will take place in two stages: twelve (12) days at the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM) in Montréal, and five (5) days at the Le Schatz House in Sutton.
A graduate in acting from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec, Caroline Tanguay has over twenty years’ creative experience working with various Québec companies (Les Nuages en pantalon, Pupulus Mordicus, Ex Machina…), as an actor, puppeteer, singer, writer, assistant choreographer and instructor. Since 2019, she has also been studying New Magic.
Caroline will use this residency to work on her new creation Métamorphoses, accompanied by established artists from the visual arts, dance, puppetry and circus disciplines. Together, they will continue their research to create a bridge between mask art, puppetry and magic, and tell the story of a woman through the different stages of her life, a fragment of women’s history through the ages.
Floribert Pertulien Bantsimba
Born in Congo-Brazzaville, Floribert Pertulien Bantsimba is an actor, storyteller, and puppeteer. After studying to become a crop engineer, he shifted his focus to theatre and puppetry, taking part in several productions and festivals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Québec, he specialized in street art and cultural mediation.
Floribert will use this residency to create Ô calebasse, the story of Samba, a young Congolese boy who, with the help of his grandmother, grows a magic gourd…. Through this modern-day tale drawing on traditional sources, he aims to highlight the importance of respecting different cultures and questioning certain social issues, with beauty, poetry, and humour.
“Coup de coeur” prize from the jury
In addition, three other applications received a “coup de coeur” prize from the jury. Synthèse additive and Céline Chevrier will present their research to the public as a PRELUDE at the MIAM, during the 2023-2024 season. The Ausgang Collective will benefit from a creative stay at the Schatz.
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