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Mandalay Marionettes & Culture Show
Local Activities in 2007, Mandalay, Myanmar

ACCU International Exchange Program under the UNESCO/ Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Promotion of International Cooperation and Mutual Understanding

Conducted by Akita International University (AIU) Japan and Mandalay Marionette Theatre (MMT)

Venue : Mandalay, Myanmar at Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel
Date : March 16, 2007
Workshop Day 1 for : Opening remarks and Introduction of today's speakers by U Myint Han, Workshop Chairperson & Director of Myanmar Literacy Resource Centre

Welcome address on behalf of MMT by U Kyaw Myo Ko, Director of MMT

Opening remarks on behalf of AIU by Prof. Brad Blackstone, AIU Project Coordinator

Explanation of Myanmar traditional puppetry in relation to story-telling by U Ye Dway

Kamishibai overview by Prof. Christopher Hoskins, AIU Project Artistic Director

Kamishibai performances by AIU Students

Kamishibai practice and informal workshop with co-participants

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Date : March 17, 2007
Workshop Day 2 for : Review & preview of workshop activities by Prof. Brad Blackstone, AIU Project Coordinator & Workshop Coordinator

Presentation on story-telling and its role in Myanmar Education by U Myint Han, Director of Myanmar Literacy Resource Centre

Introduction to Myanmar puppetry and Mandalay Marionette Theatre by U Kyaw Myo Ko, Director of MMT

Personal experiences in the theatrical environment & questions and answers about Myanmar culture by U Shwe Nan Tin, Advisor to Myanmar Ministry of Culture & Advisor to MMT

Myanmar Yoke Thay carving techniques & manipulation practice by U Ohn , Ko Thaung Hlaing Oo and U Pan Aye, Puppet Masters for MMT

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Date : March 19, 2007
Workshop Day 3 for : Review & preview of workshop activities by Prof. Christopher Hoskins, AIU Project Artistic Director

Kamishibai presentations by AIU students, Hayashi Tsugumi, Hosoi Nozomi Inada Hikari, Nishita Saori, Odagiri Kozue, Tanaka Mari

AIU students practice manipulation of marionettes with live music

Interviews with MMT puppet masters

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Date : March 9th to April 3rd , 2007

Jesús Benedicto Dumall (Toy) , director of TARANEYA Theater and his Partner Victor Viau visited Mandalay to study about Myanmar Puppetry and learnt how to manipulate the Myanmar puppet.

He proposed and contacted to Mandalay Marionettes for his project with the following notable ending official letter;

“ My very first idea was the next :
I will go to your theatre and study with you…( make interviews, learn more about manipulation, etc…) ( we are two Artists ) for one month.
This is only a first encounter…
What do you think about?...
Nobody can teach me about Myanmar marionettes but you…I hope this project will work…
Waiting for your answer…”

Finally, Mandalay Marionette could fulfilled his wishes.

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