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The Marionette

by John Wright M.B.E.

 

 

In the marionette I see a form of delight. Here, in the combined

forces of design, sculpture, drama and dance, is a joyful power,

which can be communicated without recourse to any form of

disguise or distortion.

A man who can express himself through the marionette can mix

with the mighty and with the poor, with the old and with the young.

He can appeal to the high intellect and involve his creative urge

in the interests of simple people. Such is the magic of the marionette

that he can speak to the deaf and communicate with disquieted minds.

I put great faith in the instinctive creative urge and paradoxically in

a traditional approach. Perhaps one should start by being

unconventional, then work towards the traditional and a fusion of

these elements together with personal tastes and experiences will

produce something of rare value. Without copying from old forms

and styles one should be able to learn from them.

I believe in spontaneous, creative action but it must be based on a

foundation of long and serious study.

A maker of marionettes should not be hide-bound. The depth of his

enquiry into traditional form should be an aid to his release.

Perfection should be his ideal. When he designs a figure, the degree

of bulk envisaged, the style, the proportions of the smallest detail,

should be in accordance with the feelings engendered by his knowledge

and experience and by his creative power. The shape should give the

movement and stance of the figure a texture that he will feel, and this,

with constant and full endeavour, will be shared by those who witness

a performance. Then will the work have a feeling of spiritual texture that

will communicate with quiet conviction.