The freedom of the puppet had always allowed it to explore the dark side of humanity and the taboos that would otherwise be off limits to an actor. In his famous essay from 1810 On the Marionette Theatre, the German dramatist Heinrich von Kleist presented the puppet as a philosophical motif and consequently influenced the art of puppetry in the German-speaking world. Kleist regards the puppet as an empty vessel infused with spirit at the will of the puppeteer. Its philosophical meaning makes it a vehicle for the expression of something significant and thereby elevates it to a status which […]
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