This Master class focuses on the distinct relationship between performer, puppet and the audience and what links them together.
Starting point is the theory that the puppeteer is a service-provider, who attempts to communicate to the audience a specific idea, story or concept in order to entertain, educate, support and /or inspire. Participants will explore the tools and techniques at hand to best achieve this goal of communication.
A puppeteer attempts to present an object (called puppet), so it appears as being alive. He imbues it with a life force, by extending his energy into the object. Like the sword of a samurai or the violin of the musician, the puppet becomes an energetic extension of the manipulator.
Where does the energy to perform a puppet come from, and how does it best transfer to the audience? An exploration of breathing, awareness, movement, and balance will help us find some answers.
This program is a combinaton of lecture and hands/on exercises intended to offer puppeteers a refreshing look at the philosophical backbone to their Art.