Mark Down, of Blind Summit Theatre, the creators behind the puppetry in ENO’s Madam Butterfly, talks through the creation and bringing to life of one of the most unforgettable characters in Puccini’s heart-rending story.
For this collaboration between South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company and renowned artist William Kentridge, animated film, live performances, South African-inspired music, and wood puppets are used to present an adaptation of German writer Georg Buchner’s famous, unfinished play of jealousy, murder, and the struggle of an individual against an uncaring society which eventually destroys him. In this version, directed by Kentridge, Woyzeck is a migrant worker in 1956 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The performance is presented in conjunction with the MCA DNA: William Kentridge exhibition.
The puppet theatre known as the Opera dei Pupi emerged in Sicily at the beginning of the nineteenth century and enjoyed great success among the islands working classes. The puppeteers told stories based on medieval chivalric literature and other sources, such as Italian poems of the Renaissance, the lives of saints and tales of notorious bandits. The dialogues in these performances were largely improvised by the puppeteers. The two main Sicilian puppet schools in Palermo and Catania were distinguished principally by the size and shape of the puppets, the operating techniques and the variety of colourful stage backdrops.
Boxcar Fair follows a wandering explorer who stumbles upon a magical fair in the middle of a desert. The piece was created by Brock Scott and artist Tom Haney for the band Little Tybee. The entire video was shot in one take with no cuts or edits. Directed By: Brock Scott and Tom Haney Director of Photography: Andrew Kornylak Original Score, “Boxcar Fair”, Arranged, Performed, and Recorded by: Little Tybee, Mixed by: Pat Brooks Puppeteers: Raymond Carr, Amy Rush, Mauree Culberson, Lee Bryan Label: Paper Garden Records Made in Atlanta, GA