File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 47


Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:49:06 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppet vs. Actor


Tim Giugni: >>> Many people fear boundaries. They believe that it 
hampers creativity. I would put forward that boundaries incite 
creativity as they force you to examine what can and cannot be done 
with the set of limitations that you are given.
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Tim, if by "boundaries" you mean "limitations," I agree wholeheartedly.

I've been thinking about this limitations thing. For instance Peter 
Schumann uses masonite as a medium to make the prints on the flags and 
banners around the pageant field at the farm in Glover VT. Now this is 
a hellish medium. You need a sharp gouge and even then you're mostly 
out of control. Schumann is a great artist but I'm sure that the 
difficulty of the printing medium is a plus factor, the struggle helps.

What about this idea: Puppet theatre is based on the idea of 
limitations. Puppet theatre is powered by limitation, starting with the 
big, upfront limitation: A puppet is obviously not a real actor.

And anyone knows you can't make an actor out of a bit of wood and 
cloth, forget it, impossible, kid's stuff.

But wait! There is an undeniable spark of humanity that appears, makes 
you smile and wonder, maybe identify a little. That spark shines 
through all the clumsiness and distortion, contrasts with it. That 
clear beam of connection is intensified because, look where it's coming 
from! an unabashedly unreal lash-up of a puppet. This may be a clue to 
where this puppetry stuff gets its power.
best,
Ed A

PS I got my first copies of Puppetry International yesterday with my 
UNIMA membership. Pretty nice mag!

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