Puppet Nation


| January 10, 2001


Puppet Nation, Andrea Perkins, Metro Santa Cruz
In an effort to dispel the image of the unhinged puppeteer, (i.e. John Cusack in Being John Malkovich) Andrea Perkins highlights a professor who talks of the vastly different role of puppets in other cultures. In the alt weekly Metro Santa Cruz, Perkins introduces us to Kathy Foley, a UC-Santa Cruz professor who studied puppetry in Indonesia, where puppeteers are revered as shamans and priests. In her classes, Foley introduces artists to puppetry as a medium to communicate ideas. 'If you want to smash all divides of gender, race, age, etc.,' she says, 'one of the best ways is through masks and puppets. It is a way to really liberate yourself as a performer.'
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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