'The Dusseldorf Marionettes: Worlds of Fantasies and how
they are created'. Anton Bachleitner.
This is a new book by the
Artistic Director of one of Europe's leading permanent puppet theatres.
There are 144 pages which documents all 16 productions produced
there since 1981. The complete text is in English as well as German
and is accompanied by almost 300 superb colour photos plus other
illustrations. The focus of the company's work is the string marionette,
usually on 2m strings, although this is augmented with glove, rod,
shadow, table-top figures, shadow puppets and masks. The company
receives financial support from the city and province, and aims
to produce work for adult audiences as well as for children. The
staff (eight people including admin) present over 200 performances
in the theatre each year as well as touring in Germany and Austria
and occasionally overseas. They came to Reading, Berkshire a couple
of years ago; other tours have taken them to Russia, Japan, and
Indonesia. This beautiful book which covers all aspects of production
from conception through design, creation, and performance looks
to be indispensable for anyone interested to see how a contemporary
marionette troupe works with this traditional medium.
Here are three attractive pocket book monographs produced by Editions
de l'Ïil on companies from Cambodia, Laos and Mali. Each has 24
pages and many colour photos:
'Sovanna Phum' Stéphane
This tells the story of a day in the life of one of the puppeteers
from Pnom Penh, Cambodia. Starting with the early morning purchase
of a cow hide from the abattoir, it then looks at the treatment,
carving and assembly of large shadow figures, and concludes with
his part in the performance that evening. Available in either English
or French editions.
'Ka Bong Lao' Michel Laubu.
A study of the work of this theatre company, one of the first to
be formed in Laos since the traditional puppet form died out. They
use object theatre and this describes a typical performance and
the reactions of native village audiences.Text in both English and
'Yaya Coulibaly' Lucille
This puppeteer is at the crossroads of two worlds, the traditional
types of masks and puppets used in rituals and those of contemporary
forms, even marionettes on western looking controls. Text in French
'PollockÕs Packs A Punch' Horatio
Blood &Barry Clarke
A 28-page exhibition booklet with several colour pictures and other
illustrations. There is a little history by George Speaight, a Punch
Alphabet, an article by Robert Styles who served an apprenticeship
at Pollock's and did his first show outside the museum 22 years
ago, and much more besides. This booklet can be purchased for £6.24
including postage from:
Ray DaSilva, 63 Kennedy Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 2BE.
Tel/fax: 01869 245793