This experiential workshop for adults is designed to tell stories through the metaphor of puppetry while bringing together an ensemble of like-minded participants to articulate a bunraku style puppet (most notable, War Horse and Lion King). Participants will learn to create a simple tabletop puppet with ordinary materials, of string, paper, and tape. The movement of a tabletop puppet can only take place as the puppet is lifted into the hands of at least 2-3 puppeteers working together, with intention, breath, movement, and practice. With focus and clarity, the artists find the inherent story wanting to be told. Despite being seen in plain sight by the viewer, all attention becomes paid to the puppet as the magic unfolds before their eye; an extraordinary experience to witness. Collaborative Puppetry is a term that Berkowitz coined after her participation with the National Puppetry Conference at the O’Neill Theater in Connecticut, as a participant and emerging artist (2003-2011). Only with collaboration, will the artistry come to life.
No prior puppetry skills are required.
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Image courtesy of Bonnie Berkowitz