Puppeteer • Singer
Actress • Director
Nina Vogel is an award winning Brazilian multidisciplinary artist.
Poet of the invisible, she materializes out of a piece of fabric, a note, some colors and a block of foam, fantastic new worlds which whisper to be born. Her work has been widely performed at home and worldwide. For Nina, art is not just a mere entertainment, but rather a vocation, which she learned from early age with her long and extense background with great Masters of the Music field, Theater, Lyric Singing and Puppetry, such as actors Eve Doe-Bruce, from Théâtre du Soleil, Eduardo Okamoto and Bete Dorgam, Master puppeteers Natacha Belova and Tita Iacobelli, the grand tenor Benito Maresca, Maestro Bruno Rocella and Artur Luanda and André Curti from French-Brazilian Cie. Dos à Deux.
For the season 2021/2022, she has received invitations from China, Romenia, Portugal and Canada and it will be also her return to the stages, since she has been invited as guest artist to perform Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the OSESP Academy Orchestra at the iconic Sala São Paulo, considered to be the one of the best Concert Halls in the world.
Awards and Scholarships :
2021 - The Lisa Simon Scholarship, awarded to a female director whose work is currently growing in the puppet arts and the Founders Award Scholarship by the O’Neill Theater Center, the renowned Art Institute in the U.S.A.
2020 - Outstanding Work Award for the adaptation of ConCordis - the Heart to a short stop motion film, at the 2020 Chuncheon International Puppet Film Festival.
2017 - She was awarded two major scholarships by Québec’s government and the École Supérieure des Arts at UQÀM (Université du Québec à Montréal), to take her DESS en Théâtre de Marionnettes Contemporain (Masters on Contemporary Puppet Theatre).
Artistic Residency with grant from CASINO/ Carrefour Brasil-
2015- PLAN B - 2 month Artistic Residency in Santiago do Chile, (March-May), guided by artists Natacha Belova and Tita Iacobelli, with a final performance with the human scale puppet of French painter Toulouse-Lautrec at the theater of the Fine Arts Museum of Santiago.
ConCordis - the Heart, premiered in Montréal, in 2019, during a tour between France and Québec. In 2020, when the world’s borders were closed, her heART made it possible for her to connect with people across the planet, in virtual one-on-one sessions, crossing distance and time, despite all the odds. She performed more than 100 sessions worldwide, presented in two sold out seasons, invited by W. P. Puppet Theatre in Canada and the Open Eye Theatre in the United States. She participates at Puppet Power 2020, as a presenter of a conference on Lambe-Lambe miniature theater, human and post-human agencies, in both languages - English and in French. She also taught 2 sold out workshops to Open Eye Theater and participates at numerous International Festivals, such as the 2020 Beijing International Puppet Theater Festival, Symposium IF Barcelona and Paideia International Theater Festival in São Paulo. Her adaptation on ConCordis to a stop motion film was awarded Outstanding Work of Art at the Chuncheon International Puppet Film Festival. Based on the images and testimonies collected at each session of the show, she’s in the making of a poetic documentary in partnership with another Brazilian artist.
The 5 years she dedicated to research the life and work of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the quality of her tryptic creation work with a human scale puppet of the painter, earned her two scholarships from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in 2017 to further her skills in Contemporary Puppet Theatre performance.
Nina was elected Independent Counselor of UNIMA Internationale (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) at the last UNIMA World Congress and joined the Professional Training Commission and the Youth Commission of the internationally renowned Organization.
Her next creation, InCantatorium, the place of Incantation, is on the way!