Claude Rodrigue's Puppets (Montréal)
From February 11 to March 10, 2019
In shop windows on Bernard West and Van Horne Avenues, as well as at the Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa and the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM)
Realta • Lescurier • Julie et Benjamin • Le Serpolet • Ongles GG • Coiffure Alicia • Mince Alors • Friperie Morgane • De Bons petits plats • Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal • La boutique du fleuriste • Iris • Boutique Citrouille • Mission Santé Thuy • Yanick Fromagerie • Théâtre Outremont • Le Glacier Bilboquet • Bibliothèque Robert-Bourassa • Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM)
Since 2012, the Marionnettes en vitrines! walkabout exhibition has been transforming Outremont shop windows into art galleries! This year the exhibition will showcase works by sculptor Claude Rodrigue.
After earning a degree in drama and education, followed by a teaching certificate in creative drama, Claude Rodrigue studied theatre at University de Paris VIII. This is where she discovered a passion for making masks and began training intensively in sculpture and moulding with Jean-Pierre Maury, professor at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD). When she returned to Québec, her interest in creating characters led her to work on a multitude of theatre, puppetry, dance, circus, cinema and museums projects.
The artist has designed and built puppets, masks and sculptures for companies such as Theatre Motus, Théâtre de l’Œil, UBU compagnie de création, Carbone 14, Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur and Pigeons International dance company.
Her work has also been presented internationally. She has created puppets for the Luna Morena theatre company in Mexico and for several Cirque du Soleil productions.
Claude Rodrigue’s puppets testify to her passion for character design and to the expertise she has acquired over the years through careful study of facial morphology. With her signature sensibility, she breathes life into the matter she has been skilfully crafting for more than 30 years. Claude also teaches sculpture, moulding and puppet making, which allows her to share her know-how and love of the trade.