File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 287

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 18:11:30 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Greek Tragedy with puppets

Remo Bufano made larger than life-sized rod puppets (Ten feet tall,  suspended from strings-using rods to hands worked from below) for Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex", which may count if you stretch a point. Bufano worked from designs by Robert Edmund Jones, 1931. 

 Some puppets are at Detroit Institute of Arts, and were in the 1980-83 touring Puppeteers of America exhibit which visited 11 sites. At least one other figure was at the Brander Mathews Theater Collection at Columbia Universty in NYC.

They performed in Philadelphia at the Grand Opera House & in NYC at the Met.

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Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 1:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] drama question

Hey Anna, You did read "Plays Without People," by Philip Arnott, didn't you? I saw Arnott perform "Oedipus" at. Cleveland State University back in the late seventies or early eighties. He did it all live-all the parts, all the dialogue. I was very new to puppetry then and, although it was amazing that he could memorize all the parts, I felt that it lacked the idea that "if there isn't something in the show that puppets can do that humans can't, leave it to the humans." My reaction could be just the attitude of a young know-it-all puppeteer out to change the world...Nancy Sander
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Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:51:16 
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Subject: [Puptcrit] drama question

Hi puptcritters,

I recently got the following inquiry via the P of A Consultants page, and thought it best to pass it on to this panel of experts. Please include in your responses. 

Thank you,
Nancy Aldrich

Dear Nancy-

I am a student researching ancient Greek tragedy and how it has been performed with puppets. Unsurprisingly, it has been difficult to find many resources; I have read about Peter Arnott who produced performances of 'The Bacchae' and 'The Orestia' in the 1970's and 80's, but I can find out little about the productions. I am also researching more widely how puppets can be used to perform tragedy, and what the use of puppets could bring to performance, and have been looking at performances of Shakespeare's 'Venus and Adonis' and Faust.
I was wondering if one of the consultants could help me either to find information from any productions of tragedy (particularly ancient Greek tragedy) that have used puppets, or to suggest any general writing on the theme of puppets and tragedy.
All the best,
Anna Clark

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