File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 26

Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 16:27:39 +0000
Subject: [Puptcrit] Stuck in One's Mind

Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet vs. Actor

>I've gone back to actor's theater. It's easier on your back and you don't
>get stuck inside your own mind on a daily basis.

Hey Tim,

I want to support you in what  you think best for yourself, but how about 
just thinking of it as a little break and not stopping altogether. It's 
heartbreaking to think of you stopping; the puppet world needs your talent.

Twice I've  heard some great puppeteer speak scary-convincingly about not 
getting into puppetry and why, such as: "puppets are always under-rehearsed 
and underpaid". Honestly, it gives my stomach and heart such a twisting, I 
can't think about it. Stop puppets?  that's possible?

I believe very deeply that puppeteers are well served to understand acting, 
and actors benifit greatly from puppetry when they dare to try it. The best 
performers of all forms can use their bodies like a finely tuned musical 
instrument and try movement of all kinds.

With my drawing I go through phases, wanting to do stuff just from my head 
for awhile, then wanting to to lifedrawing & representation. These things do 
not fight each other - they nurture the other thing as well as getting 
stronger themselves.
Think of Jack Skelington (Nightmare) that is the artists path, leaving what 
you do to gather and come back to make your art stronger. It's the 
boundaries you are talking about

>Too often puppets are designed to mimic the human in form, jointing and
>movement. The job of the performer then becomes one of imitation of a
>natural form.

I understand your irratation with people simply trying to create a virtual 
photograph of life.
But how does what other puppeteers do pevent you?
Even with an abstract form one is still imitating the natural movement the 
form would have. Even if we can play with physics, portrayal of movement has 
tighter bounds - people are less forgiving of movement they don't believe 
that a "look" they don't believe.
But actors have to imitate natural form as well- how will you get away from 

I have never thought of you leaving puppetry and it makes me sad to hear you 
say so. And you are so passionate about it, I have my doubts that you could 
really do it. You wouldn't kill Wolfie would you? I hope you can't.


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