File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 56


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 07:18:18 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Foam body abstract rod puppet on youtube.


Part of the reason that puppet "works" is the lighting and the invisibility of the puppeteer (black on black)--the concept is a whole package. AND there is INTERACTION between the guitarist and the puppet. There is a lot going on. Not as simple as it looks.

In exhibits, theatrical lighting can add a lot. In St Paul at the Science Museum when the PofA exhibit was there, a gifted lighting expert devised a system with computers, and color filters---lights dimmed up and down, suggesting movement. I thought it was the best lighting of 11 sites the exhibit visited.

So with that sort of touch, AND an adjoining monitor showing the puppet film itself, it COULD be effective in an exhibit.

ALAN


-----Original Message-----
From: Caro Stewart
Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:28 PM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: [Puptcrit] Puppets and... puppets

Dear Alan,
   
  Puppet exhibitions are exceptions: we need plenty of those! But before entering that realm of the history of puppetry, a puppet is a puppet as long as is in the hands of the puppeteer. 
  Some years ago, when I was living in Canada, the fact that I could not get a puppet company together to perform saddened me a lot, so I decided to give away to my pupils, friends and their children about fourteen of the puppets I built. They were quite pretty... Some had quality papier mache, carved hands and shoes, silk hair... But since I'm a puppeteer and less a puppet builder, my own pretty puppets became boring to me. Their immobility was irritating me, so I got rid of them. Three of those puppets required a lot of thought and sweat for completion, at least one month of intense work for each of them :O)
  I believe all of us were bored at some point by shows with beautiful looking puppets... On the other hand, a puppet like the one in the video, wouldn't probably enrich a puppet exhibition, but does wonderfully on the stage in the hands of a skilled puppeteer. 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rIJJp6aMlA
   
  Regards,
   
  Carolina


       
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