Luma Comes to Life at the Factory of the Arts

Puppeteer and designer Luyanda Nogodlwana testing his latest creation, the Alien A’qut Luma for the new production. The giant puppets are being built at their workshop in LoKO (the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects) in the new Factory of the Arts in Woodstock.
Mr AIR, the new Ukwanda Giant, preparing for his first big steps

Siphokazi Mpofu, from Ukwanda Puppeteers showing installation artist and musician from Delhi, Kathyayini Dash, the Alien that she will be performing with. Kathyayini studied visual art at Baroda and Ambedkar University Delhi and has been training in Hindustani Classical Music. Her practice involves constructing multi-sensory compositions in an effort to merge the two broad genres of performance and visual art. Kathya, who is in SA doing her PhD and working with the Insurrection Ensemble, will be collaborating with local puppeteers in Barrydale and our directing team to combine voice and object performance in the body of the Alien.

A gathering of puppeteers and collaborators to brainstorm MR AIR at the Ukwanda “Puppet Museum” at LoKO. From left, Sipho Ngxola, Adrian Kohler, Jud Cornell, Aja Marneweck, Luyanda Nogodlwana, Siphokazi Mpofu, Jane Taylor and Basil Jones.

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