THE EMPRESS’S FEET – PUPPET CENTRE TRUST PUPPETRY IN OPERA EVENT – PUPPETEER – SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 9TH 2012
The Puppet Centre Trust’s Puppetry In Opera Event consists of a conference with established speakers such as William Kentridge, Mark Down and Penny Francis that would also include a showing of two work-in-progress performances using the idea of Puppetry and Opera being used as mutual and equal components of a piece.
In July 2012 I applied and was chosen to experiment, devise and puppeteer in one of the work-in-progress pieces.
I was put into the group that would explore the short opera The Empress’s Feet about a sleep-walking Empress with enormous feet. Directed by Seonaid Goody and Toria Banks, our group consisted of three puppeteers (including myself) and four singers from the Trinity Laban College.
We rehearsed at the Trinity initially two weeks and then revisited the piece periodically.
Using a collection of gloves, shoes and simply crafted polystyrene heads, we created the Empress, the court and palace where she lived and the characters that populated it.
Photos and video to come soon, after the event!