File puptcrit/puptcrit.0412, message 178

Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Speaking of Punch and Judy & Peter/Wolf
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 13:19:04 -0600

Tradition or education or technique or talent can become a prison or an 
The only answer is to eventually transcend (tradition or education or 
technique or talent) everything you think you know and actually become 
who and what you are..
Some artists are perfectly happy to be interpretive artists.
Some are happier being originating artists.
There is a need for both.
Each of us exists somewhere on the Challenge/Mastery scale and are most 
productive within that range. Not only does it take all kinds. There 
are all kinds.

Most initial traditions were invented within and existed within a very 
specific time/place culture. As human culture and consciousness change, 
so should our artistic means and methods.

During most of my youth the comic portrayal of a drunk was considered 
amusing. Now it seems like a mostly tedious and stupid cliche. So it 

On Dec 23, 2004, at 11:49 PM, wrote:

> Re: changing Punch to something "Politically correct" for ignorant 
> viewers:
>      I sometimes get the same type reaction from "Peter and the Wolf." 
>   One
> teacher wrote comments that I should "put the wolf in a crate instead 
> of
> catching him by the tail."   Great idea.... a one man show, I'm   
> lucky to contol
> rod puppets Peter and the wolf on stage at the same time, while I pull 
> the
> noose on the rope with my left foot simultaneously catching the 
> tale...   How the
> hell am I supposed to operate a crate?   Teachers can be dumb too.   
> Prokofiev
> didn't write it that way, and I don't perform it that way...It's funny
> catching the wolf by the tale, a crate would be stupid and 
> un-entertaining... Thanks
> for letting me get this off my chest.   Jim Gamble
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