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Subject: Re: Butterfly Broadcast from the Met on WQXR
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 8 Mar 2018 09:41:50 -0600
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Here is another production of Butterfly using puppets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gfeC-qBBcY

Gordon

On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 9:38 AM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I'm with Bob on this one.  The first couple of times I saw the Minghella
> production, the puppets annoyed me no end.  The puppet was creepy and
> reminded me of a Chucky doll and the puppeteers of the grim reaper.  About
> the third or fourth time I saw this production I began to see it in a
> different light, the pantomime and movements made sense and even the ugly
> little puppet started to grow on me to the point I actually began to see
> him as kind of cute.  Mind you if I had a kid who looked like that....  At
> the end, the addition of bunraku worked for me, isolated the story in a
> place in time, a Japan that no longer exists (if it ever did) and in the
> context of this production, makes perfect sense.
>
> Butterfly and Fanciulla are still the only two operas that bring tears to
> my eyes.
>
> Donald
>
> On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 7:41 AM, Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > >    Was kind of embarrassed to publicly state that I saw those "Chucky"
> > > movies.  My two nephews used to like it when I took them to see horror
> > > movies and I did.  The "puppet" in the current Met production of
> > > "Butterfly" actually makes me physically ill. I find it grotesque and
> > > simply unwatchable.
> >
> > Different strokes for different folks.  I've never seen one of those
> > Chucky movies.  But in high school we had to study Chinese opera,
> Japanese
> > No plays, and most importantly, Bunraku. Thus, by the time my classmates
> > and I were 16 (this would be 1971), we were exposed to theater
> traditions.
> >
> > When I saw the Met's Butterfly, it made perfect sense.  In fact, I came
> > away slightly pensive because I felt the puppeteers made the child much
> > more engaging and sympathetic than any child actor could ever accomplish.
> >
> > If you're still disgusted by the puppet - and assuming that you want to
> > change your attitude rather than continue to enjoy being disgusted by the
> > puppet - perhaps the solution is to search "Bunraku" on YouTube (I get
> > 30,000 hits) and learn something about this significant theater
> tradition.
> >
> >
> > Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
> > Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
> > blog:  http://www.nypl.org/blog/author/44   Twitter: @kos2
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