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Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 11:21:50 -0700
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puptcrit Digest, Vol 20, Issue 39

Flying kites as performance are part of the Vietnamese, Malay, South 
Chinese traditions.  Often the images would be icons (i.e. Vietnamese 
four sacred animals) that could read evocatively against the sky.

For drama of course there was kite fighting.

The stories of the Prince who climbs a kite string (usually meets his 
dream princess in the world about) is an important part of the 
theatre repertoire or genres like Ma'yong which in turn have 
relations to shamanic type healing (people with psychologically odd 
behavior may play some of the major roles while the troupe performs 
the others).  So the one who rides the kite could go up the string to 
another world and come back down with the different point of view 

So their is a whole history-literature-display tradition that might 
make those thinking about attempts to connect with other worlds or 
learning how to relate to narratives where the outcomes are at the 
will of forces larger than our own think more interestingly.

A sort of related form of big scale puppetry was in fire-works--sort 
of the shadow theatre with the sky as screen.  Kites were the daytime 
version of this large scale--sky as proscenium type display and 
fireworks were the night--black light entertainment.  Both are fun 

  An additional element which plays in is Vayu (Bayu) as the god of 
the wind is in some areas thought of as the central life force that 
connects everything--this comes into martial arts training, 
meditative traditions and other stuff.  So when you are doing your 
kite performance, let your minds move with the invisible power of the 
universe that is becoming visible--it makes for interesting 
connections and might be a good place for eco-puppet performance to 
take off.

Or of course you could just do a Ben Franklin historical performance 
and in the process  perhaps figure out how to lease the power into 
generators and solve the oil crisis . . . .
Kathy Foley
Professor, Theatre Arts
Editor, Asian Theatre Journal
J-15 Theatre Arts
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
  tel. (831) 459-4189
fax (831) 459-3552
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