LEARNING ABOUT PUPPETRY
A teacher remains a student all his life, especially in a filed as versatile as Puppetry.
Since 1986 Bernd has been searching for new ways to enhance the Art of the Puppet, often resulting in new ground-braking systems and mechanisms like featured in the movie STRINGS. He has strongly benefited from other disciplines like music and martial arts, by integrating their powerful essence into his own personal style.
It is essential that Puppet artists share their craft and findings and share it with those interested in the field. This will result in the nourishment of this Art Form and consequently will erase the stigma of existing only to entertain children on a Sunday afternoon.
Bernd has been benefiting from the willingness of fellow Puppeteers to share, since his humble beginnings as a young child. He has been strongly influenced by the German Puppet master Albrecht Roser, and to this day eagerly follows any invitation to go backstage exploring the Puppet worlds of his Colleges and listening to their personal approach.
In turn B.O. finds great joy in teaching about his experiences and findings to audiences of all sorts. He has been a welcomed guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, festival and schools and universities. Often the course of the lecture or workshop quickly exceeds the technical world of puppets, for the wonders of Puppetry reach far into Heart and Soul.
For those interested in a journey…………
Bernd Ogrodnik has traveled to most remote areas to present his programs. In recent years though he has also started to invite students to his studio. Located in on of the most spectacular regions on Iceland his puppet paradise is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and hidden valleys. He also keeps Icelandic horses, which he occasionally calls for to assist students find their own strength and centre. Participants have come on retreats, to work on their own projects or participate at a specific program.
Programs are not scheduled on a regular basis. Those interested should leave their contact, so Bernd can inform them about upcoming events.