Title

Puppetry Movement: What it teaches us

Presenter Information

Sarah Andrews

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Theatre

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Movement, Art, Puppets

Abstract

Puppetry is a valuable skill for any theatre artist who is serious about his/her craft. It teaches actors to pay close attention to their surroundings and the way they move on stage. In addition, it educates designers to work on a much smaller scale and generate creatively in a way which pulls the focus directly onto the objects on stage. At the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival in Boise, Idaho, a workshop gave students a hands-on opportunity to work with American Bunraku puppets. They were able to gain a greater understanding of how puppets are constructed and actuated on stage. This type of movement has been invaluable to directors and actors in understanding their own movements and choreography on stage. This workshop will be given again at Central Washington University in the hopes of enlightening an audience on the benefits of puppetry as an art form. The audience will have the opportunity to play with and discuss what makes puppetry a valuable art form.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dizney, Patrick

Additional Mentoring Department

Theatre

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Puppetry Movement: What it teaches us

SURC Theatre

Puppetry is a valuable skill for any theatre artist who is serious about his/her craft. It teaches actors to pay close attention to their surroundings and the way they move on stage. In addition, it educates designers to work on a much smaller scale and generate creatively in a way which pulls the focus directly onto the objects on stage. At the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival in Boise, Idaho, a workshop gave students a hands-on opportunity to work with American Bunraku puppets. They were able to gain a greater understanding of how puppets are constructed and actuated on stage. This type of movement has been invaluable to directors and actors in understanding their own movements and choreography on stage. This workshop will be given again at Central Washington University in the hopes of enlightening an audience on the benefits of puppetry as an art form. The audience will have the opportunity to play with and discuss what makes puppetry a valuable art form.