A wonderful workshop I’ve conducted with students of first and second grade at their summer camp in PS24, Brooklyn, NY.
The workshop took place over three hours with each group, over a period of three days, with support from their teachers.
Many thanks to Elena Scripps, the lovely teachers and adorable children.
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In so many words, I will not be able to put down in writing my experience at the National Puppetry Festival this past week. It was my first, and I am hooked for life.
Puppeteers are a very unique type of human. I have met quite a few of them, starting two and a half years ago, with the introduction to my lovely Erin Orr. She opened up this world of people to me, leading me to work with her, Lake Simons, Rima Fand and many other lovely, incredibly talented and generous people on my Wolfy film. But this past week, I got it in a full dose, morning to night, five consecutive days.
Puppeteers like to breath life into any object, animate the simplest of things to the most complex. Yes, I knew that already. I’ve done it all my life without realizing it, and also without any reciprocal action from those around me. I didn’t think anything was wrong with me (I thought something was wrong with them); I just knew that I was different, and that was that. These past five days, I have found that there are others like me, humans who respond to scarf or a simple stuffed puppet, with a genuine spirit of play, awe, tenderness and joy. I was shocked. I mean, we’re talking adults here, and they love it, they add sounds, they look at how it’s made, they’re curious, and they are really attentive people. This bunch is the most supportive, loving and accepting group of individuals (and audience) I have ever met.
Two years ago I performed a short Wolfy piece live at Lake’s living room, in front of eight people. Last week I performed it live, including singing (!!!), for the first time in front of a large audience. Even though I consider myself a filmmaker-puppeteer, I am branching out and I love it. I couldn’t have done it without their support.
I felt at home.
I’ve crossed the ocean with a dream and one suitcase. I have tons of stuff now, and I can finally, finally say, I have found my family.
Make puppets. Play. Share.
Yesterday, on Saturday afternoon, I’ve conducted a Puppetry in Film workshop with Kindergarten age kids, and their parents. They have all been so excited about making a puppet in the style of my puppets- when 2nd and 3rd fingers serve as the legs. They have shown a great deal of fine motor skill in the making of details and different expressions for their puppets. Some parents were making puppets too, letting their kid work by their side..
It was a successful workshop, and though it was only 1 hour long, the kids have all completed their puppets and performed with them in the special area set for just that purpose. You can see the results of their work in the video below:
Thank you for the help- Dalit, Moti, Kim and Shachar, and my special guest, Jonathan!