On July 20th, members of local brazilian samba band, Bloco Energia, animated bike marionettes for the camera outside their rehearsal space (La Casa del Artista). Throughout July, UpCYCLEd Stories has been hosting interactive bike marionette shows at various locations to engage community members in animating the marionettes on camera to contribute scenes for the film, including at Mount Pleasant Community Centre’s Seniors Ballroom Dancing (July 19) and Mount Pleasant Park Festival (July 23).
Ron Wallace, of the Native Education College (NEC), and I visited Our Community Bikes on July 15th to pick out a pair of recycled bike rims to use as a frame for an aboriginal drum that Ron would be making (on camera, footage to be used in the film). Ron has been making drums for approximately 30 years and has taught drum-making at NEC.
Lynn Liu, Founder of the Vancouver Central School of Music (VCSM), is pictured here holding the bike marionette version of herself inside one of VCSM’s classrooms. On July 15th, UpCYCLEd Stories joined VCSM’s summer music camp with 9 children and their music instructor, Afro-Cuban sensation Israel Toto Berriel, to film some interactive bike marionette scenes for the film.
Meet our newest collaborator extraordinaire, Benny Zenga of the Zenga Bros. A filmmaker and fellow bike enthusiast, you may spot Benny around the neighbourhood on his tall bike he made himself (pictured here when he visited the UpCYCLEd Stories pop-up studio on July 14th). You can check out some fab bike-related films by the Zenga Bros here: http://www.zengabros.com/category/videos/bike/
On June 2nd, in celebration of Bike to School week, UpCYCLEd Stories presented an Interactive Bike Marionette Show (featuring professional puppeteer Viktor Barkar, Founder/Artistic Director of Vancouver Puppet Theatre) with the childcare program at Mount Pleasant Community Centre.
On June 2nd, in celebration of Bike to School week, UpCYCLEd Stories presented an Interactive Bike Marionette Show (featuring professional puppeteer Viktor Barkar, Founder/Artistic Director of Vancouver Puppet Theatre) in the kindergarten class at Mount Pleasant primary school.