Thursday, December 17, 2009
The play is about many other things concerning judgment, and the ugly world created is no place for children. The director and designers decided to have all of the children in the play be ¾ sized puppets controlled by actors. By separating the human qualities of real children from the tasks they had to perform onstage, the poignant issues surrounding the children, especially Michael, become pretty clear and strong. Michael’s emotions depicted through his operator’s work were heart-rending. This puppet idea was inspired by the Bunraku puppets of Japan. Michael’s puppeteer was
going through the same emotions in order to transmit them to her puppet. At the top of this entry is a picture of the wooden armature for the Michael puppet made with scrap wood and a Styrofoam wig block, and left is a picture of the Michael puppet in the famous chalk circle. Part of designing this world included several pencil sketches, one of which is pictured on the right. The audience, when asked about the puppets responded, “What puppets?”
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The website of the 2010 PQ exhibit is http://www.pq.cz/en/. It is a dense and exciting website available in several other languages. The photo of the exhibit above was supplied courtesy of TD&T, Winter 1988, photographer unknown.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Everyone unconsciously creates their "place". When others see it, they form a thought about it. Artists and creators create this sense of place on purpose.
In this blog I show and discuss other worlds as encountered or presented by their creators. I entertain thoughts and reactions to selected environments.
In the image above, I see carved wooden lattice work and other antiques. It is from a Chinese antiques factory. Now, is it really old or made to look old? You have the opportunity to consider this, and decide if it makes a difference. By the way, the light in the workroom was fabulous; just what an artist wants.