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Figures of Speech TEDxDirigo

January 20, 2012

Puppet as metaphor

Many of you are familiar with Figures of Speech, the puppeteers from Freeport. This is a brief explanation from their website to give you an idea of how much more they are then “just puppets”.

Figures of Speech Theatre incubates the creative energies of its artist members, catalyzes the creation of theater rooted in the expressive power of the puppet as a distillation of life forces, and challenges audiences to venture into realms that are mythic, larger-than-life, animated explorations of the numinous boundary world between being and becoming.

If you’ve had the chance to see them performing I am sure you’ll agree with me that they are fantastic. John and Carol Farrell started Figures of Speech, I think, 32 years ago. In September they contributed at the TEDxDirigo that was held in Maine and recently I was sent the link to their presentation that was about the”puppet as metaphor”.

Take a look at their presentation by clicking here and let us know what you think by posting a comment below.

Several years ago after returning from three weeks in Japan through the Fulbright Memorial Fund program Carol Farrell spent a week with my students creating puppets which we linked to a social studies/Language Arts unit on Immigration. It was a wonderful opportunity for my students to expand their thinking and for me as well.

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