File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 388

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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] QUITTING PUPPETRY!
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 12:49:10 -0400

Hi Steve, and all.
I couild never quit puppetry for good.
I don't even know if I could do it for any extended period of time.
NOthing has ever made me feel so complete an artist.
I was always told that I should concentrate on one type of art, and could 
Puppetry has enabled me to combine all the arts into one object, or project!

Not only that. I feel that puppetry was programmed into my genetic code. 
There was a glitch with my software, and it took me 20 years to realise that 
all those experiments I was doing were puppet parts.  I alo was listening 
for too long to concerned people around me telling me that art doesn't pay, 
and that I would starve. Well, they werekind of right up to this point, 
since I am not making ends meet, but it's coming. My reputation is growing 
as a puppet maker and maskmaker, and I already have made about 30 puppets 
for professionnals.
Even if they were right, those concerned people should think twice about 
giving discouraging concerned advice.  Be unreasonnable if you want to 
follow your dreams, says at least one voice in my head.

By the way, puppetry (making and performing) enables me to give bodies to 
the ever increasing number of creatures being born in my head, keeping the 
space under control...

Nothing else gives me the joy of seeing my own work performed, feeling 
appreciated by the crowds and the puppeteers themselves.

There's something magical about a piece of art that moves in a totally 
different way when a different pupepteer works it. Painting on canvas, my 
old "goal in life" is still interesting for me, but you can't really animate 
a painting and make it talk, unless you make a puppet out of it, or use it 
as such, in Object Theater.

I love puppetry so much that I am spending yet again to follow a 
professionnal training course in puppet mecanics, in October(starts on my 
Biorthday!) , although I should keep the money to breath a little, 
financially . Again, I have to be unreasonable in order to grow.
I have a big puppet contract coming up soon, and the course will come in 
I have felt the need of more formal training, since my mecanics work, but I 
feel there are better, easier and lighter ways to do the same movements.

Puppetry is so magical it allows an artist to grow in many ways.
I want to perform and am working towards that. I will be able to incorporate 
my singing and voice changing into my work!

I've never traveled out of my province, and not that much inside it. I was 
always working and at school since I was 14. Puppetry will someday allow me 
to travel, when I go on tours, and I will be paid for it! So far, my puppets 
have traveled to Japan, Spain, and the UK. I'm almost jealous, and almost 
empted to make myself into a puppet and smuggle into a shipping box....

These were just some of the things that keep me to puppetry.
Some are unexplainable.

It just feels absolutely right.

Mathieu René Créaturiste
Marionnettes, Masques, Etcetera...
Puppets, Masks, Etcetera...
(514) 274-8027 

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