Joondalup puppet Leor strutting his stuff on the national stage

Leor at last year's Joondalup Festival.
Leor at last year's Joondalup Festival.

ONE year after making his presence known at the Joondalup Festival, Leor is making an impact on the national and international stage.

The 5m hand-woven interactive puppet has been selected to appear at this month’s Australian Performing Arts Market in Brisbane.

The brainchild of designer Leon Hendroff and the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Leor will be pitched to international and national presenters for overseas touring opportunities.

Commissioned last year by the City of Joondalup, Leor incorporates 1km of rope and 600 LED lights.

“Having made its world premiere in our City last year, Leor could very well be Joondalup’s gift to the world,” Mayor Albert Jacob said.

“The Australian Performing Arts Market is an opportunity for us to showcase our City to a global audience as an innovative local government that supports the arts.”

While Leor has moved on in 2018, Hendroff is back for this year’s festival.

He will play an important role in presenting the Twilight Lantern Parade, which this year will be curated to tell The Water Story – a tale about Lake Joondalup and sustainability.

For the first time, a soundtrack and professional performers will join schools and community groups with their lanterns and puppets.

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