File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 37

Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 09:42:28 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Rebellious puppets: an example

Most of my work can be seen on the website,

When you first asked about rebellious puppets -- my first thought was,  
puppetry IS rebellion.

Puppeteers view the world in ways which are unique -- and often go  
against the agreed-upon reality that seems to be "the mainstream".

These radical points of view can be awe-inspiring -- taking the  
audience into a reverie which breaks their well-worn thought tracks,  
opening the ways for other, more adaptive, innovative, and -- one  
hopes -- happier -- ways of thinking.

The exquisite marionettes of Paul Brann, for example, could be seen as  
radical. Creating such productions was a far cry from the realistic  
style pervasive in theaters at that time.

Burr Tilstrom's hand mime of "The Wall" broke through barriers even  
within the creative community of puppet players.

Some years ago I taught a group of 5 year olds how to make push-up  
puppets. One child developed a story about a bird that came out of an  
ice cream cone she was eating. It was beautiful -- very poetic and  
very funny.
The next day, she came back with a different story -- (not quite as  
effective) and I asked her what happened to the bird story. "My sister  
said it didn't make sense. She told me this was better".
Her sister was seven years old.

On Jan 5, 2008, at 12:30 AM, Mathieu René wrote:

> One of my first puppet shows used a sock puppet that was searching for
> his partner (lost in the laundry). He was very upset about being
> turned into a puppet, and wasn't sure that his sock partner would
> every accept him again...In his journey, he discovered some of the
> good points about being a puppet. By the time he finally found his
> sock mate, he was happy as he was, a puppet. His sock mate, not being
> a puppet, couldn't comment.
> Rolande
> --------------
> Brilliant idea!
> I wish I had seen this show!
> Have you pics of your puppets in action?
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