What lurks in the Shadows… One of the most ancient forms of puppetry recorded is that of the shadow puppets. It is also one of the more simpler forms of puppetry. Hand shadow puppets, in short, is the manipulation of your hands in a way that creates a cast shadow on a wall or screen which resembles something else such as an animal or or something. It’s fun and creative to try and figure out what positions transform the shadow and then taking it one step further by giving that
Not Just for Stages Vietnamese water puppetry's stage (Photo: hanoicitybreaks) Water puppetry is one of major styles of Vietnamese culture and art, which shows the creativity of the people; being that they used their environment as the mainstay of Vietnam was the wet-rice fields. Water puppetry simply comprised of two basic components, puppets and water. The puppets, on land, were big, bulky creations that were cumbersome to move but on the water, placed on floating barges, v
Is Puppetry a Dying Art? Puppetry is still alive and well (sorry if the title sounds a little click baity). Puppetry is one of those art forms that ebbs and flows, but always has a place to land. With newbies coming in such as Darci Lynn Farmer, a new revitalization in the puppetry arts is taking place. Festivals, celebrating the art of puppetry, literally take place all over the world. I try to keep it up to date, but if you check out the home page of my website PuppetDude.
Shadow Puppets on Steroids Wayang (or Wajang) is an Indonesian word “bayang” which means shadow. Wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, is very predominant in Indonesia as well as many other southeast Asian cultures, by which figures made from water buffalo hide, are considered by many scholors to be the oldest freestanding puppet form to be used; the earliest references to date is from the 800s. A court poet during the reign of King Airlangga (1035–1049) wrote: “There are people