File puptcrit/puptcrit.0502, message 57

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 22:26:49 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Slightly confused! (was: Schlemmer 'King Stag')

         I've studied a good bit about both Schlemmer and Sophie
Tauber-Arp, and I think the marionette photo on the Emory site is
mislabled.  There's a good article on Tauber-Arp's puppet work in an early
issue of Puck magazine (first or second issue I believe, the one focused on
avant-garde performance).  It includes a number of photographs of her King
Stag puppets.  Tauber-Arp was teaching at an art school in Switzerland, and
was also heavily involved with Zurich Dada (with her husband-to-be, Hans
[or Jean] Arp).
         The puppets in the photo look like Tauber-Arp's King Stage
puppets, which she designed.
         Schlemmer didn't really do any marionette work, as far as I
know.  Some of his Bauhaus students built and performed with marionettes,
but Schlemmer was much more interested in life-size and larger than
life-size object performance.  And I don't think he was ever involved with
a King Stag production.
         Of course, there are many design similarities between Schlemmer's
geometrically based costumes and Tauber-Arp's puppets, as the Emory site
shows.  But such  design interests were pretty widespread in Europe in the
1910s and 1920s, when both Tauber-Arp and Schlemmer were active.

john bell
emerson college

At 07:02 PM 2/10/2005, you wrote:
>Hi Steve,
>I'm afraid I don't have easy access to a copy of Jurkowski. I'm trying to
>gather more information about the puppets (attributed to Schlemmer) found
>on this page:
>Were they in fact made by Schlemmer or were they made by Ta=FCber?
>Does Jurkowski's book contain images of them?
>Thanks for your help!
>-- Paul
>On 11 Feb, 2005, at 0:36, Steve Williford wrote:
>>I haven't been following this thread in its entirety, so
>>I don't know if I would be repeating someone else if I were
>>to direct you to pages 52-66 or so of
>>Jurkowski's History of Modern Puppetry Vol II.
>>Taeuber and King Stag are brought up on page 52. Taeuber again on page 59.
>>Schlemmer is brought up on page 61 and keeps getting mentioned through
>>page 66.
>>Let me know if you'd like me to elaborate.
>>-Steve Williford
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