Contemporary Puppetry in Practice
Movement Theater Studio, NYC
October 17 - 19, 2014
10/17 6:30 - 10pm
10/18 & 10/19 10am - 3pm
A unique three-day course in contemporary puppet manipulation with renowned War Horse puppeteer and designer Tom Lee. Using principles of traditional Japanese puppet theater as a starting point, this workshop is for puppeteers and movement based actors to study the art of bringing a figure to life through focus, breath and fixed points of intention.
In addition to Bunraku-style puppetry, participants will have an opportunity to construct a puppet head and experience how the act of sculpting a character informs its movement. Ideal for directors and performers interested in devised work and a collaborative approach to theater making this workshop is primarily for new puppeteers to gain a hands-on launch into the genre—and come away with the start of a puppet!
As part of the workshop, students will:
- Study the concepts fixed point, effort, weight and intention
- Explore the basic techniques of 3-person manipulation inspired by the division of labor in traditional Japanese puppet theater: head operator, left hand operator and leg operator
- Create a full, raw style puppet from paper and, through various études, explore its character
- Build a puppet head from basic materials and have the opportunity to manipulate that head using a puppet body provided for the workshop