Where Puppets Move
The events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have dragged performers into a sort of ideological rabbit hole, entirely dislocated from the artifice and audiences that comprise the more familiar theatrical experience. After more than a year of adapting rehearsals and sharing Zoom link tickets, many of these changes have forced artists to reimagine every aspect of their work on both sides of the curtain. Puppetry—with a unique and diverse relationship to theatrical space, and the plasticity of its performers—has, historically, found itself well-positioned to thrive in ever changing, often hidden, and deliberately reimagined environments like the ones we endure today. This series draws on work by a wide range of professionals hailing from both academic and performance fields to explore the unique power of puppets in their spaces, existing between the real and imagined, supremely adaptable to a world turned upside down. The writers of this series are all connected through the University of Salzburg, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre and the Salzburg Puppet Theatre Research Hub.