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  Artist Residencies in puppetry and avant-guard theatre

Dragon Dance Theatre has produced international artist residencies and cultural exchange projects 

in different countries since the mid-'80s

Join Dragon Dance Theatre  for a memorable
 mask and puppetry



We invite you to take part in a 3 or 6 week artist residency focusing on theatre, dance, music and mask-making. 

 Dragon  Dance organizes intense, experimental and improvisational theatre labs, plus  plastic arts workshop, where we make masks, sets and costumes, all in the spirit of producing socially conscious work.

These residencies are a fully integrated, intense experience, working shoulder to shoulder with other artists.

photo taken during a rehearsal from 2019 -  La Muse en Goguette is a recently renovated cultural center.  It is located just outside Toulouse in the municipality of Launaguet


 Together we will imagine, and realize our own creative Utopia. We will make a peaceful, historically relevant, community art event. We will dance and sing, make music, break bread together, laugh, and inspire one another, while working in our chosen fields, to make a memorable public performance. We will have fun. We will work. We will create our own world of cultural exchange, cooperation and creation.

This is an in-depth, immersion; a working environment, side by side with, musicians, dancers, actors, puppeteers, painters, printers, poets, writers, sculptors...
We work together in all aspects of the production, from developing the story, creating the masks, improvising the scenes and inventing the music.

There will be 2 or 3 public performances at the end. 


The next residency is planned for the SUMMER 2022  at Birchwood Farm, in the town of Ii, Finland (just north of Oulu)

exact dates  to be determined,

but here is what we are expecting: 

Large puppet production June 1 to June 22

and then avant guard theatre worshop and performance from June 28 to July 14 with performances July 15, 16 and 17. 

France 2006- Tomas Luna
France 2006- Tomas Luna

2014 - Crisna in San Blas Atempa
2014 - Crisna in San Blas Atempa

lifting the mask from mold-2
lifting the mask from mold-2

France 2006- Tomas Luna
France 2006- Tomas Luna

How we proceed:
In the mornings, we work mostly on the plastic arts; building the armatures and sculpting the masks with clay. After a few days, we can start to cover the first masks with paper-maché, while other armatures are being built. 
In the afternoons, we work on the story itself, studying the characters, defining the conflicts, and improvising the scenes. Everyone participates and enriches the group with their ideas and input. We use our tried and tested  method of socializing the roles as we study the stage, the scenes and the story. 
As the project unfolds, we will start to use the finished masks on the stage and learn to manipulate these giant figures. We will spend more and more time developing the story, while creating and integrating the music. 
At the end of the workshop we will perform the show for the local public.


After the 4 weeks, you will have gained a working knowledge of how our theatre works; using the ideas, the strategies and theories of collective creation to develop and mount a performance. 

The registration fee is 250 Euros (approx. 290 USD). This is non-refundable. Once you register, your place is reserved. Also, once you register, we can write an invitation letter which you can use to look for funding.  

The 3 week residency fee is 1500 Euros (approx 1700 USD) (which includes meals, materials and workshop fees). Payments are made using PayPal . 

It is our practice to ask participating artists to share in the financial costs of the project, in this case we are talking about 3 weeks;  Dragon Dance will provide; materials, documentation, direction, plus room and board. Your part of the costs will be 1500 Euros.  You will also have to pay your own transportation costs.

Some scholarships are available.

Accommodation is tenting -

   ideal if you can bring your own tent; 


We will arrange for breakfast plus the main meal,  and a light evening supper.   


the main languages spoken will be Finnish, Spanish and English and most likely French.   

Some photos representing groups from past years

Citlaltepec Mexico 2013
Citlaltepec Mexico 2013

Germany 2012
Germany 2012

Dragon Dance in Finland 2009
Dragon Dance in Finland 2009

Citlaltepec Mexico 2013
Citlaltepec Mexico 2013

Registration, questions, ideas:

Dragon Dance Theatre