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Radical Puppeteers: Puppet Making
A library guide for folks practicing or interested in practicing the art of radical puppeteering
This section will help you learn more about the art of puppet making and performance. All the resources below are related to the production of a radical puppet parade or performance. You will find guides for creating puppets and performances, as well as theory on the art of puppetry.
This volume, which originally appeared as a special issue of TDR/The Drama Review, looks at puppets, masks, and other performing objects from a broad range of perspectives.Puppets and masks are central to some of the oldest worldwide forms of art making and performance, as well as some of the newest. In the twentieth century, French symbolists, Russian futurists and constructivists, Prague School semioticians, and avant-garde artists around the world have all explored the experimental, social, and political value of performing objects. In recent years, puppets, masks, and objects have been the focus of Broadway musicals, postmodernist theory, political spectacle, performance art, and new academic programs, for example, at the California Institute of the Arts.This volume, which originally appeared as a special issue of TDR/The Drama Review, looks at puppets, masks, and other performing objects from a broad range of perspectives. The topics include Stephen Kaplin's new theory of puppet theater based on distance and ratio, a historical overview of mechanical and electrical performing objects, a Yiddish puppet theater of the 1920s and 1930s, an account of the Bread and Puppet Theater's Domestic Resurrection Circus and a manifesto by its founder, Peter Schumann, and interviews with director Julie Taymor and Peruvian mask-maker Gustavo Boada. The book also includes the first English translation of Pyotr Bogatyrev's influential 1923 essay on Czech and Russian puppet and folk theaters.ContributorsJohn Bell, Pyotr Bogatyrev, Stephen Kaplin, Edward Portnoy, Richard Schechner, Peter Schumann, Salil Singh, Theodora Skipitares, Mark Sussman, Steve Tilllis
"GREAT resource for making puppets, masks, stilts and other visuals. It also has sections on designing a workshop to elicit visuals for an action, the consensus process and other awesome stuff." https://washingtonpeacecenter.org/node/5382
Rehearsing with Gods by Ronald T. Simon; Marc Estrin (Text by); Bread and Puppet Theater Staff (Contribution by); Grace Paley (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Peter Schumann and his Bread & Puppet Theater are likely the most important, and surely the longest-lasting, contributors to modern American theater history. Since the early sixties Schumann and his puppeteers have been pouring out work after work on every scale: political works, mysterious works, grand works, modest works, works on the street and works in fields, works to be played in every size theater on four continents, books, prints, posters, and banners which live as show-and-tell in so many homes. Now Ron Simon and Marc Estrin, a remarkable photographer, and a long-time puppeteer, who have each in his own way contributed to the shows, recorded events, and reflected on them. Out of their experiences they have createdRehearsing with Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater. Far more than history or documentation, they identify eight archetypes engaged repeatedly by Peter Schumann and his crew. Their book consists of parallel meditations—the texts not commenting on the photos, the photos not illustrating the texts—unified and intertwined by the chapter themes of Death, Fiend, Beast, Human, World, Gift, Bread, and Hope. Altogether, it's a collaboration that reflects their sixty-odd man-years of personal experience in, hidden narratives of, and speculative reflections on Peter Schumann's projects, ever-more relevant to our times. This is a book that will engage both fans and newcomers—an inside-view of Peter Schumann's political-artistic world.
The Puppeteers' Cooperative is a loose association of puppeteers. Their focus is on education and community outreach. Their website provides detailed guides for making a variety of puppet types. Also includes resources for parade planning.
A film by Jeff Farber. Brother Bread, Sister Puppet captures the reclusive and world famous Bread and Puppet Theater, placing the viewer within the Theater's collective creative milieu as it prepared for and performed its annual summer festival, where its signature giant-sized puppets and social commentary were unleashed.
Produced and directed by Jeff Farber.
Running time: 80 minutes