File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 75

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 06:39:55 -0800
Subject: [Puptcrit] Article on Puppet Theater - Lapvia / UK

Interesting article from a presentation made by Penny Francis.

"Why has puppetry become so widely used and 
studied in the last 20 years? What makes for good 
production? What are the criteria for the reviewer?
Presented during the Homo Alibi festival, August 27, 2008

Puppetry=92s rise to the mainstream in theatre can 
be mainly attributed to the rise or the return of 
the public=92s interest in a theatre that offers as 
much visual and musical enjoyment as verbal. It 
may be termed a =91Total Theatre=92 since it draws on 
a plurality of performance disciplines and resources.

=91According to Mario Kotliar, an Israeli writer, 
theatre has reached the stage of "open 
composition", in which verbal communication no 
longer possesses the pre-eminence it had in the 
past. Words have lost their evocative power and 
precision, and the realistic and psychological 
conception of drama obtaining hitherto no longer 
suffices. The viewer s purely personal reaction 
is far more significant than formerly. He 
responds to "image", and the contemporary 
artist/director will aim to convey his meaning through form....."

Steve Axtell
Axtell Expressions, Inc.
Amazing Puppets & Magic

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