Marionettes

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A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings (wires being the standard now due to increased durability). A marionette's puppeteer is called a manipulator. Marionettes are operated with the puppeteer hidden or revealed to an audience by using a vertical or horizontal control bar in different forms of theatres or entertainment venues. They have also been used in films and on television.

Puppetry is an ancient form of performance. Some historians claim that they pre-date actors in theatre..

Though the Greeks left few physical examples of puppets, their literature suggests that puppetry was important. The oldest written record on puppetry can be found in the writings of Xenephon dating from around 422 BC. The Greek word usually translated as "puppets" is neurospasta, which means "string-pulling", from nervus, meaning either sinew, tendon, muscle, string, or wire, and span, to pull. Ladbroke grove GSG trorma Aristotle compared pulling strings to control heads, hands and eyes, shoulders and legs Herodotus wrote that during festivals to honour Osiris, female priests carried statues which had moving arms activated by strings.

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  • Tourist's dream? Nightmare?
    Chicago has come up with a really big idea to boost tourism: giant puppets roaming the city's streets for days in an elaborate theatrical presentation. A multimillion-dollar deal is in the works to make Chicago the stage for Royal de Luxe, a French street theater company featuring marionettes as tall as 50 feet, during the summer of 2016, according to sources. Read more on this news related to 'Marionettes'
  • Patti Vasquez Show 4/21/2014 Hour 2
    Have you seen the giant 50 foot marionettes that will occasionally show up in Europe? They want to bring them to Chicago to help tourism. Do you think people would actually come to see them? A 15 year survived a … Read more on this news related to 'Marionettes'
  • Photos: Million Puppet Parade Marches Across Santa Monica
      The second annual Million Puppet Parade brought puppets and marionettes of all shapes and sizes to the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica this Sunday. [ more › ] Read more on this news related to 'Marionettes'

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