The history of puppetry in Asia
In Japan today, bunraku performers,
companies, and puppet makers are
designated “Living National Treasures,”
such is their importance to Japanese society
The history of puppetry in Europe
It’s even thought the term marionette was
derived from Virgin Mary figurines –
marionette translates literally as “Mary doll.”
In the early 19th century, Mourguet gave up dentistry and became a full-time puppeteer, both writing shows and putting in improvisational performances in Lyon, where he was based.
Punch and Judy is one of the most famous
puppet shows in the world.
While it’s still most commonly associated with British coastal locations, the foundations of these shows can be found everywhere puppetry remains a popular type of performance.
In Great Britain, before becoming symbols of coastal vacations, traveling companies, typically consisting of two or three puppeteers, would typically perform Punch and Judy shows.
At the same time, Jim Henson’s Muppets,
although created in the 1950s, would
become world-famous during the 60s.
The history of puppetry in Australia
Today, an event described as puppet
theater may not include rod puppets,
marionettes, or hand puppets, depending
on the intended message and the audience.
Puppets also continue to be used in many instances to appeal to children and families, whether on television or in live performances. The use of puppetry has even evolved to the point where we now have actors dressed as puppets in movies and popular TV shows. Technology also continues to aid the use of puppetry, making them fit seamlessly into productions while looking more realistic and at one with their surroundings than ever before.
In general, puppetry is still viewed as an ideal vehicle for presenting moral messages about childhood concepts such as bullying. Puppets are also used in play therapy as a safe way for traumatized children to explore their fears. Whether the focus is on adult or child enjoyment of puppets, there are regional puppet guilds and societies through the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. Several national and international museums also exist to celebrate the history of puppets.
- What are the different types of puppets?
- When were the first puppets used?
- What is Bunraku?
- What can puppets do for kids?
- How has puppetry evolved?
- Did they use puppets in ancient Greece?
- What is shadow puppetry?
- Who is Chikanatsu Manzaemon?
- What are the types of puppetry in India?
- What are Punch and Judy shows?
- What are some puppetry resources?
- When did puppetry start in the U.S.?