Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects

Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects

by John Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262522934

ISBN-13: 9780262522939

Pub. Date: 04/16/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262522939
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/16/2001
Series:
TDR Book Series
Pages:
203
Sales rank:
1,171,417
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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