File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 38

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2008 18:26:14 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] A marionete is a marionette is a marionette

    I, too, refer to those with rods as rod marionettes, rather than 
Italian or Sicilian, as the style is used in other area as well 
(France, Czech, etc). Certainly the Sicilian are the best know of this 
form. I do use all string (no rod) marionettes as well, but the rod 
form works better for some things and shows, especially when I need to 
operate two puppets at once. I've learned to string the puppet in such 
a way that I can work the hand strings, rocker bar for the legs, and 
holding the puppet, all with one hand. Doesn't work for everything, or 
as well as two handed manipulation, but it increases the expressiveness 
of the puppet when the hands don't just hang limp when I'm working two 
at once.


On Nov 1, 2008, at 4:23 PM, Fred Greenspan wrote:

> I've taken to calling them "rod-marionettes," in order to distinguish 
> them from the better known all string version, when offering a
> detailed description of my compact table top show that utilizes them. 
> In shorter descriptions I just call them "Italian marionettes." I
> enjoy performing with them because they move with the sponteneity of 
> hand puppets.

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