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To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 07:05:34 GMT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Head ring puppet control from India/ a


Otome Bunraku is practiced by female puppeteers. Manami Kimura performed this type of puppet in Pasadena at COPA.

Incidentally, Bruce D. Schwartz did "Rhubarb Shoots", a Japanese story with his version of wheel puppets some years ago., in Los Angeles


-----Original Message-----
From: Kismet
Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:38 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Head ring puppet control from India/ a Japaneseparallel--- Technique/constrution/Art

Otome Bunraku is similar but smaller puppets with the puppeteers knees 
operating the feet and their waist supporting the puppet body

D.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 11:18 AM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Head ring puppet control from India/ a 
Japaneseparallel--- Technique/constrution/Art


>A somewhat similar device is used in Japan on "wheel puppets", basically a 
>one-person Bunraku puppet. A head string roughly from the puppet's left ear 
>extends to a point roughly near the puppeteer's left ear, and another 
>string from the puppet's right ear goes to the area of the puppeteers right 
>ear. So when the puppeteer looks to the left, so does the puppet. The 
>puppeteer sits on a rolling seat, (hence "wheel puppet") and the seat also 
>contains a vertical support rod for the torso of the puppet. With special 
>shoes worn by the puppeteer, attached by short rods to each heel of the 
>puppet's feet, the puppeteer can animate the puppet feet.
>
> The puppeteer's hands are used to move the puppet hands.
>
> Part of the fun in collecting puppet books and puppets and seeing 
> different puppet shows from around the world is discovering the multitude 
> of ways to animate a figure.
>
> But as with ANY technical advance or variation, what the puppeteer DOES 
> with it remains supremely important in performance.
>
> In my Junior High School days, we were fascinated by how things worked 
> (not JUST puppets, but INCLUDING puppets) in the pages of POPULAR SCIENCE, 
> POPULAR MECHANICS, MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED magazines.
>
> Many a puppeteer has extended a program length by revealing performing 
> secrets to their audiences.
>
> In 1948 Tatterman repeated their last scene from "The Glowing Bird" (aka 
> The Firebird or tale of the Phoenix) at the 1948 Puppet Festival The stage 
> proscenium was removed .
>
> We were treated to smooth moves as string puppets were passed from a front 
> bridge to a back bridge with no visible jerk. The beautiful coordnation 
> among the puppeteers literally caused gasps from an audience of other 
> puppeteers. So we saw ART both in puppet design and in performance.
>
> ALAN COOK
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mathieu Ren?
> Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2008 3:07 PM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Cannon Hill Puppet Auction
>
> Thanks Anne for this description.
> I'll see if they have the book in the public library system, I remember
> there used to be a few books by Currell at one point, and I'm told they
> bought a lot of books when they opened the new central library.
>
> Maybe some of the budget went into puppet books.
>
>
>
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