File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 88


Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 07:29:47 -0800 (PST)
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] humanettes


I have been making and performing with humanettes for
years.I don't of know of any literature on them but I
could discribe several different types to you.Some use
the puppeteers actual hands with strings going from
the shoulder to the knees like a marionette,the
puppeteer would use their thumb to pull on the strings
to make the legs move.
Another,my favorite,operates like a rod puppet with
the puppeteer's head attached with a simple velcro
strap.Feel free to give me a call at 415 572 6491 and
I will discuss it with you in further detail.David
--- Cohen Matthew <Matthew.Cohen-AT-rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

> I had the pleasure of reviewing for the next issue
> of Animations Online the recent London appearance of
> the experimental theatre lab of Moscow's School of
> Dramatic Art under the direction of Dmitry Krymov,
> and have become inspired thereby to include
> humanettes in my undergraduate puppetry course.
> 
> The problem is, there doesn't seem to be much, if
> any, available literature on humanettes. 
> 
> Marjorie Batcheler (in Rod-Puppets and the Human
> Theatre) cites Ernest Sewell's _Marionettes in the
> making and manipulation_ (London: London Magic
> circle, c1910), but Sewell's short book is not
> available via interlibrary loan, and is not held by
> any libraries in the UK. 
> 
> Can anyone point me to literature that is available
> on humanettes? At this point, it could be ANYTHING--
> technical (how to make), historical, theoretical.
> 
> Also, are there any videos of humanettes to look at?
> I know about the Triplets number of The Band Wagon.
> What else?
> 
> Thanks,
> Matthew
> 
> Matthew Isaac Cohen
> Department of Drama and Theatre
> Royal Holloway, University of London
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