File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 47

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:49:06 -0500
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.
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.
Ed A

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

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