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Marionette Workshop (Intermediate): Weeks 3, 4

In Week 3, we worked on the same choreography that we were doing in the previous week. Since we already got the general structure down, we were working on polishing the moves some more. There were the usual things we were watching out for, such as maintaining the height of the puppet so it was more in a standing rather than a sitting position. We were also working on making the movements more precise. Having familiarity with the piece certainly helped, since we knew exactly how much time we had to get to the next movement. We could take our time and just flow into the next movement instead of grasping for a string in a hurry, causing jerky motions. We also made the choreography more in sync by paying attention to one another and by working out the exact counts.

Speaking of counts, we were also doing some formations, walking in circle, flower, and figure 8 patterns. I wonder if someone with marching band experience would have an natural edge for this. An additional thing (and important thing) to pay attention to was that there were puppets walking along with the humans. You would want your legs to block the puppet as little as possible while walking in various patterns. Those were things to watch out for as well.

In Week 4, we worked on another group scene. Instead of the singing and dancing stuff, which was heavy on movement, we got to work on a dialogue piece. Here we practiced making the puppets look like they were talking. At the same time, you don’t want to overdo it, either. The bigger movements should be reserved for stressing the important words of the dialogue.

At the end of each class, we filmed the scenes we were working on, so we could actually watch it from an audience member’s perspective. You can certainly see the improvements from one week to another. Now, I am not at liberty to post these rehearsal videos, so you’ll just have to take my words for it. :-)

Also, let me just briefly mention this: yesterday was this blog’s sixth year anniversary. The first post I’ve written for the blog was written back in 2007. At early stages of the blog, I actually tried to stick to a schedule and was trying to get more readers. Now I just don’t bother. That said, I’ll keep happily blogging even if not that many people are reading. To the few people reading (Sara? Raul? Michelle? Anyone else that don’t like to comment?), thank you for your continual support. :-)


  1. May 15th, 2013 | 5:18 am

    Oh those were the days, lol. I do miss the popularity of just plain ole blogging.

    Love learning all these little details about how things work. It looks much easier than it is, apparently!

  2. May 15th, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Many people who used to visit me and vice versa have stopped blogging altogether. I am still in touch with a few of them on Facebook, but a lot of the conversations seem to have moved on to social media.

    You are a rare one, Michelle. Still blogging, still visiting. All the way back since, according to my records, all the way since August 2007. :-)
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  3. May 16th, 2013 | 1:50 am

    Hi kelvin,

    WOW! Six years and counting. Congratulations! Not too many people remain for that long. And I’m glad you keep posting since it is very interesting to learn how things work in the puppetry world. The more I learn about it, the more complicated I find it!

    Keep going; and keep telling us about the workshops. And when you have the possibility, we will be more than happy to watch another video! :)

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  4. May 16th, 2013 | 8:15 am

    More than ten years ago, my sister gave me a planner. Since I don’t plan very much, I started using it as a diary / journal. After a few weeks I thought it was faster to type and I wouldn’t be limited by the space, so I started a blog. A few years after that, I decided to move all the puppet stuff onto a new blog, and that’s how this one got started. So it has been many years of blogging! :-)
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