I performed my first shadow puppet play (or any puppet piece, for that matter) tonight at the last session of the Introduction to Shadow Puppetry class I've been taking at the Puppet Showplace Theater, taught by the Artist-in-Residence, Brad Shur.
It's been an exciting and humbling experience to try to make the 2 dimensional black puppets bend to my will. Overall, the puppets may have won (as the inanimate often tend to when we try to animate them in any medium), but I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and am glad that I took a more literal and physical detour to explore the shadows and puppetry I was using metaphorically in my current project, "ShadowPlay."
Here's video documentation of my project presented at the final class; you can hear the supportive and wonderful classmates and teacher, but what you don't see are the amazing pieces the other participants created, each so different and excellent.
Delving into shadow puppetry has changed the timeline for my larger project: