The puppet is a synthesis of reality and illusion. It is at the moment when I believe in the figure’s autonomy and yet remain aware of its theatrical mechanics, that I experience the power and transcendence of the puppet.
It was early December. Outside, a steady wind was whipping snow into curling drifts around the school building. Inside, it was silent. I was in the 3T classroom at Akiuk School in the Yup’ik Alaska Native village of Kasigluk. The students were sitting quietly at their desks, each with a puppet lying on the tabletop […]
From the air, the village of Kwigillingok Alaska in LKSD, with the school in the foreground Aug 2011 This school year, I’m facilitating a puppetry-based arts integration project in the Lower Kuskokwim School District in southwest Alaska, as part of their grant-funded Pilinguat (“Making Things”) Program. I’m a theater teaching artist and am new to […]
October 2010, Week 1 of 1 Posting from a rural Yup’ik village along the Yukon River in southwest Alaska. The wide, slow water highway isn’t frozen yet. Boats are still zipping in and out of the eddy at the foot of this hill. Men and boys and whole families are still heading upriver for caribou, […]