Blind Summit teaches puppetry at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall

Blind Summit teaches puppetry at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall


[MUSIC] Stanford University.>>Blind Summit is now a charity. It was a public company and it formed over
17 years ago. We work with bunraku puppetry, which is
unlike most puppetry, which means there’s three people on one
puppet, hands on, and this allows for a much more realistic
movement in the puppet. The biggest difference from Blind Summit
to most puppetry companies is the fact that they’re actors. So, a lot of puppet companies are
predominantly made up of puppet makers, and that really has an effect on the
outcome of the work that is made. In this master class, we try to teach them
how we approach bunraku puppetry, the three basic rules there are for us. But also, how can they incorporate their
own motion and make the puppet feel the way that a human being does or an
actor does and replicate it. The Table, which is the play we’re
performing here in Stanford’s Bing Hall, has traveled all around the world. And it was inspired by a concoction of the
life of Moses and existentialism, and that lead to a really
humorous adventure. Puppetry for me personally is, always been very unique because it’s not
like anything you’ll see in the stage. You have a blank canvas. You’re looking at something physically
moving. So everything that you associate with
movement as a person, you project onto this object. So you’re just seeing pure story telling. [BLANK_AUDIO]>>For more, please visit us at
stanford.edu.

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