puppeteer, mask-maker and performer.
I am a puppeteer. Which is to say, I lend life to inanimate objects. The objects may be as small as a finger or as long as a city block; they may be an elaborately carved wooden mask, ritually cleansed and prepared for performance, or they may be everyday objects, a hammer, a ball, my shoe. Giving an object breath, sight, emotions, a story is a powerful act of transformation which nudges the audience to a very different place inside themselves which is at once strange and familiar. Puppetry is sculpture in motion, dance with a story, music and poetry illustrated.
When I say I am a puppeteer, I honor the traditions of puppet and mask theater all over the world, used by shamans, priests, clowns, farmers, who lead their audiences across the threshold between worlds -- the birth and the very reason for theater. Specifically, I honor Korean Mask Dance, Japanese Bunraku and Kabuki, Balinese Shadow Puppetry and Mask Dance, European Clowning, and the American convergence of puppetry, pageantry, and politics in Bread and Puppet Theater, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. These are my teachers, my inspirations, and my colleagues. "
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