July 12, 2012

Ass-Head Assets

"An ass's nole I fixed on his head"
(Puck, Dream, III.ii)

If you're staging A Midsummer Night's Dream, all you usually have to worry about is the head of a donkey. But the War Horse folks downtown at the House of Mirvish go nose-to-tail:

And here's a wider look at the puppet genius behind War Horse: a TED Talk by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of the Handspring Puppet Company, "a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena's subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse." Their philosophy on breath is especially intriguing...

Posted by Alison Humphrey at July 12, 2012 08:40 PM