Learning About Puppets!
Puppetry it isn’t just for kids. Scholars believe puppets have existed since 3000 B.C. Civilizations have used puppetry to communicate and educate society. Puppets are more than dolls on strings; they portray the battle of good and evil in some cultures. Without puppets actors could be jobless. Before acting existed, puppets were the mainstream theater entertainment for those of different social backgrounds. Through shadow, water, glove, and marionette puppets, puppetry has reinvented itself to maintain popularity through generations. The puppet will not argue or force political views upon you. The puppet can be folded away or boxed in a closet until its next performance. Entertainment without paparazzi, but with rich history that can be traced back to ancient times. Art has never failed human civilization but continues to evolve. The art of puppetry continues to do just that through education, entertainment and therapy. Have a laugh, a breakthrough, or have a courageous moment through the world of a puppetry.
Japanese Bunraku Puppetry
- Bunraku Theater - Detailed review of the Bunraku theater.
- Japanese Puppet Show - A puppet show on the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
- Bunraku Puppet Plays - The British Museum article on the Kabuki theater.
- Bunraku - About Bunraku puppetry history.
Images of Bunraku Puppetry
- The Bunraku Play Imoseyama Onna-Teikin - Images of the The Bunraku Play Imoseyama Onna-Teikin at the Bunraku puppet theater.
Vietnamese Water Puppetry
- Traditional Vietnamese Puppetry - The first Stockholm water puppet show supported by the Altimo Foundation.
- Ancient Vietnam Puppetry - Article about the Thang Long Water Puppet Troupe of Hanoi.
Images of Water Puppetry
- Thang Long Water Puppet Theater of Hanoi - Several photographs of the water puppets at the Kim Dong Theater in 1996.
Indonesian Shadow Puppetry
- Wayang Kuilt - David Atkinsons experience with shadow puppetry.
- Wayang of Indonesia - Professor Patricia Henry explores the dimensions of shadow puppetry in Indonesia.