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buzzOplex Presents Insect Marionettes...
New site design:
Mike James has created this new look for buzzOplex. We've changed course over the past year. We've gone from Opera's to Bugs. I don't know why that happened but for the past year I've been making insect marionettes and have plans to make many more. All photos, video and articles prior to this can still be found in my archives, by simply clicking the "Archives" image at the top right hand corner of every page.
Photo by Scott Pugh - http://www.scott-pugh.com
Click on either of the two images below to see my YouTube video.
Visit my USA Projects page and have a look at my funding goals for a new installation exhibition. Your support is appreciated!
Latest Video. "The Story of Wood"
How the Marionettes Were Built:
The YouTube links below are a compiled list of how I built some of the marionettes that you can see on this site. Some of these have a video of the marionette performing, and the "how it was built" portion is at the end of the video, so feel free to fast forward through the beginning.
Three of my latest movies, now on YouTube - Enjoy!
Movies from 2010, showing my puppet workshops in schools:
My newest marionette, The Piano Puppet. Carved bass wood marionette. You can also view this on YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7yanK3WCYU.
A NEW buzzOplex workshop:
The Butterfly Workshop For this work shop buzzOplex brings to the classroom a mechanical functioning butterfly marionette. The kids have a great time painting, decorating and assembling these puppets. You can also view this on YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7e7XorvJRw.
A NEW buzzOplex workshop:
The Stonefly Marionette For this work shop buzzOplex brings to the classroom a mechanical functioning Stonefly marionette. The kids have a great time painting, decorating and assembling these puppets. You can also view this on YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of51Q57rP0U (our workshop in McCarthy, Alaska)
The Reluctant Savage
The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in America. But it is misunderstood, as this story of the Reluctant Savage Shows. This is a carved basswood marionette. View a preview movie on YouTube.
This is Stony. This plecopetra or Stone Fly is a carved lyme wood marionette. Made for a possible series of marionette shows to educated the schools about the importance of macro invertebrates in our streams and creeks. For a view of his show, please go to The Adventures of Stonie.
If you'd like to build your own Stone Fly, please go to Making Your Own Stone Fly.
The Loving Couple from the upcoming "The Ugly Bug Ball"
My most recent marionette is Baleey a Yellow Neck Caterpillar. He was designed and built by me for the upcoming video "The Ugly Bug Ball" - The Caterpillar Marionette"
In 2006 Sheila Wyne, an Anchorage Alaska visual artist, created a sculpture using scythe handles. The combining of these curved wooden handles looked to me like a spider. I became inspired to build my first insect puppet. In his first outing in . He was a hit with audience young and old.
"Claudette", the praying mantis, came about after a conversation with my costumer and fellow puppeteer Tammy Sitar. Check out the video.
One evening I went to listen to the Boduin String Quartet at the Performing Arts Center. While listening to Shotakovich's String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83: III. Allegretto I had a clear vision of butterflies. The results was a marionette play with Claudette and The Butterfly that we called "A classic eco struggle".
While in Homer, Alaska doing a marionette workshop with Brian Hutton, I met a young couple who had been working in the circus in Italy. While having a beer at the local tavern they began to tell me of a Spanish playwrite who had written plays for marionettes. But more specifically, insect marionettes. After reading Federico Garcia Lorca's "The Butterfly's Evil Spell", I was certain that this was my next project. The Scorpion is a main character, who is alot of fun. For a video of his first workout please click here.
"Dona ProudBeetle and Sylvia"