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‘Firebird,’ transfigured as ballet with puppets, made image of rebirth in S. African production

Jul 27, 2016 – 11:17 pm
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Review: The original story behind Stravinsky’s ballet music for “The Firebird” is one of transcendence: evil vanquished and good souls restored to life. So it isn’t such a great stretch to the re-imagined ballet, as a danced parable with giant puppets, presented by Janni Younge Productions at the Ravinia Festival. It tells tell twin tales of personal self-discovery and South Africa’s continuing struggle for social reclamation two decades after the end of apartheid.

Joey’s got them under his skin: The secret life of those magical puppeteers in ‘War Horse’

Dec 20, 2012 – 8:40 pm
Handspring Puppet Company workshop www.handspringpuppet.co.za

Feature: It takes three actor-puppeteers in sync to breathe life into the title character of “War Horse,” the popular play by the National Theatre of Great Britain in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company. Currently touring the U.S., “War Horse” plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre through Jan. 5.