It is always interesting to talk with an artist whose work spans the breadth of possibilities in the puppet theatre. Ken Evans is one such person. As one of the founding members of Australia’s Handspan Theatre and more recently as co creator, along with Rebecca Russell of site specific performances, Ken is a leading designer, director, puppet maker and performer and teacher. In this podcast of ThingMaking, Ken talks about painting with images on stage, the differences between working on site specific projects and in a black box theatre and the magic of animating the inanimate.
link to a film on Steam by Dean Homicki can be seen here
More links to the work of Rebecca Russell and Ken Evans here
Tim Denton is an accomplished mask maker, puppeteer and performer. In this podcast @thingmaking.net, Tim talks about the ways he uses various materials to create the masks and puppets he makes. He has even used magarine to carve out his designs!
You can view more of the work Tim Denton and Annie Forbes at http://www.aboutfaceproductions.com.au
special thanks to The Biologists , Moonlight Receptor for the intro and outro music.
Danny Miller is a Melbourne- based puppeteer and Maker. He sometimes makes puppets from old fence posts. He is also a vintage toy aficionado. When I talked with Danny he was back from touring with the hugely popular show, Walking with Dinosaurs. He has operated puppets on stage using both voodoo controls and hands on techniques. In this ThingMaking podcast he talks about what it is like to grow up in a creative family and his process of using materials to make marionettes like Nigel (seen above).
Scott Wright-Artistic Director of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. talks about how the company got started in 1990, how they are still experimenting with new materials and new collaborations. Scott talks here about his passion for the genius of Nick Cave, his curiosity with the creativity of children and knowledge of things prehistoric. Listen to how Erth developed their thing making process from using Tyvec to Kevlar- a super strong synthetic material.