Vanier College is pleased to announce that it will host an international workshop called “Music for the Eye” from May 31st to June 1st, 2017. During the 2-day event, a group of international music scholars from Europe and North America will present the results of past research focussed on French works from the late nineteenth century that involve some degree of separation between the visual subject, such as puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and mimes, and sound, such as dialogue or singing.

Their presentations will serve as a stimulus for the action-research that will take place during the rest of the workshop, especially the performances of excerpts from 19th century musical works for the theatre of mime, shadow puppets and marionettes that have been restored or “re-created” especially for this occasion. These unique performances will take place on May 31st at 7:30 pm and will be open to the public.

The evening show will feature:

Act IV from Maurice Bouchor’s French adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest for marionette theatre, with live music by Ernest Chausson;

The opening of Paul Vidal and Paul Margueritte’s Pierrot assassin de sa femme for piano and mime; and

Selections from George Fragerolle’s L’Étoile for piano with recitants (melodrama) and shadow puppets using a projection of original images by Henri Rivière.

“Our performance of The Tempest is of particular interest, because we will be using the same kind of puppets that Bouchor used in 1888, called “marionette à claviers” that we had to have built by a master puppet builder in Prague, Czech Republic,” says Catrina Flint, musicologist at Vanier College and head organizer of this event.

See photos of the marionettes and a link to a short video clip about the project as well as a website that has been set up for the workshop.



The marionette, mime and shadow puppet show will take place on May 31st at 7:30 pm in the Vanier Auditorium (A-103). It is free of charge and open to the public.

Music workshop Music for the Eye

Music workshop Music for the Eye FR


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