Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Up and Coming...

The head for my Dio de los Muertos rod puppet!

Anansi the Spider
Shadow Puppets

I created a rendition of the traditional Ashanti
African folk tale of "Anansi and his Six Sons."

It was performed to a slightly longer than 3 minute
voice track retelling of the story (me with a pretend
African accent haha), with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Special thanks to Kevin for helping me perform and Vika for
helping me photograph these difficult to capture shadows.

3 of Anansi's 6 sons:
See Trouble, Road Builder, River Drinker.

The other 3:
Game Skinner, Stone Thrower, Cushion.

An interpretive representation of Nyame,
God of All Things.

Fish, who ate Anansi,
along with his skinned counterpart.
My absolute favorite part of the performance.

Falcon, who flew away with Anansi in his beak.

Spider family on the web.

also, new puppet-exclusive carbonmade:

Thursday, October 8, 2009


These are some of the items from my puppetry "object" performances.
I won't have filmed evidence of them until the end of the semester.

Shoes dancing to "In the Mood"
by the Glenn Miller Band.
90 seconds.

Acting out the trial scene from
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".
Object sounds only.
90 seconds.

Artist Abstraction of Alexander McQueen runway models
to "After Midnight" by Danny Elfman.
2 minutes.


In-class shadow test puppet.

Cat and Medusa (mirror puppet) "character interaction"
performance to "Night on Bald Mountain" with a LED spotlight.
3 minutes.

In-class shadow test puppet.

Jointed shadow puppet.
To be performed from behind a shadow screen.
Based on the verb "dance."

Testing it out with a LED spotlight.
It will be performed from behind a shadow screen.
Haven't picked out the music yet,
but it will probably be something saucy.
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If You Ain't Got That Swing)"


Nigel has clothes!
Still not finished though.

Here are the rest of the dolls, sewn and stuffed, ready for stitching.
Left to right: Gretel, Hansel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin.