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Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects : Tdr Books - John Bell

Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects

Tdr Books

By: John Bell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th April 2001
ISBN: 9780262522939
Number Of Pages: 204
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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. Contributors: John Bell, Pyotr Bogatyrev, Stephen Kaplin, Edward Portnoy, Richard Schechner, Peter Schumann, Salil Singh, Theodora Skipitares, Mark Sussman, Steve Tilllis.

Foreword
Entertainment, Spectacle, Crime: Puppetry in the Year 2000p. 1
Introduction: Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects at the End of the Centuryp. 5
A Puppet Tree: A Model for the Field of Puppet Theatrep. 18
Julie Taymor: From Jacques Lecoq to The Lion Kingp. 26
What, At the End of This Century, Is the Situation of Puppets and Performing Objects?p. 46
The End of Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Bread and Puppet Theater and Counterculture Performance in the 1990sp. 52
Performing the Intelligent Machine: Deception and Enchantment in the Life of the Automaton Chess Playerp. 71
Czech Puppet Theatre and Russian Folk Theatrep. 87
Modicut Puppet Theatre: Modernism, Satire, and Yiddish Culturep. 105
Articulations: The History of All Thingsp. 125
If Gandhi Could Fly ...: Dilemmas and Directions in Shadow Puppetry of Indiap. 144
Rediscovering Mask Performance in Peru: Gustavo Boada, Maskmaker with Yuyachkanip. 159
The Art of Puppetry in the Age of Media Productionp. 172
Biographiesp. 186
Indexp. 189
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780262522939
ISBN-10: 0262522934
Series: Tdr Books
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 27th April 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.42