The aim is to understand the power of puppets as the scapegoat that experiences the behavior we want to change, the ignorance we want to erase or the fear we want to eliminate.
We make of the puppet a character that can suffer,feel neglected, shy or ostracized. He can have awful behavior, cheat, hit and steal. He can be afraid of the dark, of dentists and operations. The puppet can be silly, ignorant and ask questions of all sorts.
Students learn how to adapt the problem to the stage. Rather than talk about it the problem and the solutions unfold as events happening in the present and experienced on stage. The audience sees the conflict, the emotions that arise in both characters, and the solutions allowing them to learn through empathy and a direct immersion in the problem rather than being lectured about it.
The training includes 3 stages
Stage -1 BUILDING AND ANIMATION
Students build a hand puppet out of cheap materials ( old socks, cloth, rubber foam).
They learn basic techniques of puppet animation: How to use voice, body posture, gaze, speech, expression of feelings. Students explore the range of movements needed by the puppet to show actions and emotions.
Stage-2 TWO CHARACTERS IN DIALOGUE
Students learn the techniques of playing two different and separate characters, their own and the puppet. They need to work using 2 voices, and playing in space the roles of 2 separate individuals each with its own character, wishes and intentions.
Stage 3: DRAMATIZING THE PROBLEM. FROM IDEA TO PERFORMANCE
We chose either:
a) Using the puppet to enhance learning.
b) Using the puppet to solve a problem.
The content of the problem or conflict has to be dissected into parts, the situation in which both the puppet and the puppeteer finds themselves in , the visualization of the conflict or problem as it arises , peaks and ends when a solution is found.
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Special needs educators
Puppeteers and actors
Educators in general
Where do I teach?
In three academic colleges of education in Jerusalem ( Emuna, Efrata and David Yellin)
Private individuals in my studio or their place
Workshops ( the workshop can be designed according to number and level of participants)