Do you speak puppetry
Puppetry as an alternative form of communication
Starting From an Inner Image
A student in one of my puppetry classes at a Teacher’s College in Israel was given the task of drawing an image, and she drew a complex composition of connected lines. At first, she said that she had been drawing this image for years. After some meditation on her drawing, she said, “I drew a maze, and I don’t know the way out. This is how I feel in my life right now. I am caught in this maze.” Whatever knowledge the image reveals to the artist can be the basis for further creation. It can supply the seeds for such artistic endeavors as developing a character and writing a story. The girl who drew the maze had introduced the character of “I” and the story elements of the maze, being stuck, the repetition of feeling stuck, and not knowing how to escape from this feeling and from the maze, as well as, the inferred element of wanting to not be stuck. All of this together provided the outline for her story creation. Her next task was to further delineate the character of “I” and to develop and incorporate the other elements into the story that was emerging from the image.