File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 296

Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 09:17:50 +0100 (BST)
Cc: puptcrit <>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Inflatable puppets and staging

I just watched a 30foot tall puppet girl beautifully manipulated and fifty
foot tall elephant roaming the streets of London. all bt French company
Royal De Luxe. Goes to show effective government subsidy of the arts.

> I have long wanted to play with inflatable puppets
> as an aerial puppet show, and am curious, too, about
> anyone producing work on this scale.
> The puppets could be illuminated for night show,
> incorporate shadow play, etc.
> "Air" as a building material is a great way of
> going very large scale.  An inflatable puppet could
> easily be the contender for the world's largest puppet.
> This topic came up on puptcrit about a year ago...
> figures were bandied about like '60 foot head'
> and '200 foot body'...
> still wondering how large a puppet is humanly possible
> (on earth, not in space) and what size of crew is needed to
> effectively operate an upside-down marionette as a kind
> of escalated bunraku?  Could a 100-person crew be
> choreographed to manipulate body movements?  In my case,
> I've made parade figures so heavy that 30 people are
> REQUIRED to carry them, which has its own kind of charm.
> Was blown away by the Royal DeLuxe act, of course.
> But I'm talking about LIGHT stuff now.
> The Diva of West Coast inflatables, Evelyn Roth,
> began her nylon experiments in the '70's; she has
> since located to Australia - have a look at her
> "Nylon Zoo" for interactive staging environments
> beyond the level of 'oogly boogly':
> for staging, have a look at this (seriously):
> Dan Vie
> Vancouver BC
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