Numeric’s Art Puppetry Project is a Europe Creative project led by 4 partners well-established in the area of puppetry arts in Europe. They include Ljubljana’s Puppetry Theatre in Slovenia, France’s Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes, Romania’s Teatrul Tony Bulandra in Targoviste and the Centre de la Marionnette de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles in Belgium.
The purpose of the project is to cross-fertilize puppetry and digital arts by developing European-wide training and art support programs.
During its last edition in 2019, the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes offered the Yôkaï company to perform their last show as part of the NAPP project due to their use of new technology and their relevance in rejuvenating stage writing.
The FMTM has also appealed to the Yôkaï company to run outreach initiatives and share their research on digital technology.
Violaine Fimbel and Marjan Kunaver curated two major events:
Research conducted by Yôkaï and presented to the students of EiSINe (Industrial and Digital Sciences Engineering School) in Charleville-Mézières
Presentation of ongoing research and experience feedback – Improv lab “Hide to reveal better” led at FABLAB in Charleville-Mézières alongside 15 professionals – October 18 through November 2019.
In November 2020, the Yôkaï Company presented a teaser of the Supernatural Conference in Charleville-Mézières, the show linked to the research project "Invisible awakening":
The Yôkaï Company engages in experiments questioning the border between the human and the creature, with the part of metamorphosis and inexplicable that induces. In order to explore as closely as possible the impact that strange and improbable presences have on the spectator, the company is developing mysterious Envelopes-Walkways: autonomous hybrid creatures, at the crossroads of magic, puppetry, and digital. During a Supernatural Conference, one of these Envelopes will present to you the new research project of the Yôkaï Company "Invisible wakening, when the magic of special effects connects puppetry and cinema differently" // as part of the program NAPP-Creative Europe project, in association with the FMTM