Enlarging the Moment - Unfolding Life through Puppetry
A group of 20 young students were taken through a workshop with Puppet and Set construction, and Puppeteering, towards a Production at the end of a two week duration.The puppets were designed and pre-made to some extent, giving the students an insight into the basic structures of the puppets, the processes towards achieving the forms, and the making and rendering of faces. The students assisted the Workshop Team with final rendering of the puppets and painting of the backdrops for the various scenes.
Simultaneously, through videos and exercises, the students were introduced to various existing forms of puppetry and to the power of puppetry. They were initiated into the process of animating the inanimate, passing life force through to an object and establishing a symbiosis. The maquette making exercises gave them a chance to make their own simple puppets and gave them the first experience of co-ordinating movement between puppeteers.
Their co-ordination and ability to synchronize their movements was further challenged while working with the completed Puppets for the production. Beginning with simple eye-coordination exercises with the puppets, and a few different 'walks' and basic movements from the script, the subsequent week was intense with mastering lines from the script and the maneuvering of the puppets.
The music and sound was also edited and handled by a student from the group, as were the lights.
With such a limited time frame to work within, with no prior experience with puppetry and very simple lighting facility, the students rose to the task beautifully. Growing in their individual strengths, towards the last three days, the already close-knit group came together with quiet yet exuberant confidence. This amalgamation was essential to the puppeteering. A perfect example of the power of a group and its dynamics with Performance.
For images of the performance, view Aduni and the Watertutu
Design Assitantship : In the Penal Colony
Project : Workshop with Puppetry leading to a Performance
Location: Rishi Valley School, India
Year : January, 2013
Project Duration : 2 weeks
Age Group : 16 years
Group Size : 20
Aduni & the Watertutu : Rehearsing under the mid-morning sun
Project : Assistantship with Simon Banham
Production : In the Penal Colony by Philip Glass
Company : Music Theatre Wales
Year: September-November 2010
Location : Touring. Debut at the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, London
Directed by Michael McCarthy
Conducted by Michael Rafferty
Designed by Simon Banham
Project : Shadow Puppetry, celebrating 60 years
Script/Poetry : Rahul Chacko
Year: December 2012
Location : Cochin, India
Designed by Shubhra Nayar
Construction & Puppeteering by Shubhra & Tarsh
Celebrating 60 Years
Production : The Sprite of the Salt Deep (Ariel/The Tempest)
Project : Shakespeare through Puppetry
Location: David Hall, Fort Kochi, India
Year : 2014
Project Duration : 5 weeks
Age Group : mixed
Group Size : 10