Puppets

Bring your story to life through the magic of puppetry. Puppetry is only limited by your imagination. We would love to work with you to create any kind of puppet you can dream up.

Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form that is a simple and evocative way to tell epic stories. Simple puppets made from card stock and other objects come to life behind a shadow screen.

Overhead Projection Puppets combines the magic of shadow puppetry with modern technology, allowing students to create small, detailed puppets using transparencies and colour pens.

Giant puppets come to life in a hands-on session with large backpack style puppets.

Stilt walking is one of the most impressive circus arts, and yet it is one of the easiest to learn. They are, after all, your legs.

Our residency focus is on child-created work. Our processes celebrate children’s unique perspectives and encourage their individual artistic expression within a team setting. We do not follow a set program to which children must conform. Instead, we work with the school to tailor the residency to the needs and interests of students and teachers.

Xstine is an excellent teacher, artist, and facilitator. She delivers clear instruction, with inspired and brave energy. She is patient, organised, and goes above and beyond what is needed of her as a guest artist. The results were amazing and the process fantastic and so much hands on fun. I consider it an honour to have her in our space at Western Canada High School.

Caitlin J Gallichan-Lowe

Drama Teacher, Western Canada High School

A significant and well-chosen investment of time and resources

Carrie Dayman

Principal, Elbow Park School

CAOS is an innovative and enthusiastic team who worked with students at Earl Grey doing mask making, shadow puppetry, and stop motion animation,  to name a few. The friendly and extremely knowledgeable CAOS team engaged all students with each particular project. Animated Storytelling gives the students hands-on experience with technology, learning from beginning to end the process of creating their own stories using animated objects.

Jennifer Sprau and Cori Braun

Teachers

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CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.

CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).

The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.