File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 170

Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 23:14:54 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Sicilian puppets at the Met

Went to see them today, they were great! The figures were beautifully 
made and manipulated. In contrast to the troupe I had seen in Hanford, 
CT more than a dozen years ago, this troupe had puppets that were all 
about the same height, maybe 28" while the ones  that I remember in 
Hanford were varying sizes depending on importance, with many larger 
and performing in a larger opening. Todays performance used a 
proscenium that was quite compact and the feather plumes on the knights 
helmets were partly blocked by the overhead cloth, so the puppets could 
not be any bigger. Today's performance had well choreographed sword 
fights with numerous trick puppet vicerations. There was no bashing of 
puppets together in todays performance as I remembered the Hanford 
troupe which had the marionettes swinging like pendulums into each 
other and much battered armor and shields. Todays puppets had pristine 
armor and shields in the same condition as well cared for serving 
platters. This is not a criticism of either troupe, just noting the 
differences in style which I found very interesting.

Too bad the museum didn't put them up on risers. In the hardly raked 
auditorium with the marionettes performing on the stage floor most 
people could only see the upper half of the playing area. The audience 
members were constantly shifting and stretching there necks trying to 
get better views. When I walked out into the lobby after the show, the 
first thing I heard people talking about was the poor sight lines. But 
the performance was well worth it none the less. If you go tomorrow sit 
as close to the front as you can if at all possible. Just my opinion.

Fred Greenspan - Traditional Puppeteer

On Feb 18, 2006, at 7:59 AM, wrote:

> Everyone,
> Performances and lecture on Sicilian puppets today and tomorrow at the
> Metropolitan Museum in New York. Performances at 1 and 3 and lecture
> Sat only at 4:30. Free with Museum admission.
> Claudia
> Lecture
> Weekend at the Met=97Antonello da Messina: Sicily's Renaissance Master
> February 19, 2006; 4:00 p.m.; The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
> Free with Museum admission.
> Knights in Shining Armor/Damsels in Distress: An Exploration of the
> Sicilian Puppet Theater
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> For more information about events and programs at the Metropolitan
> Museum, see the online calendar.
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