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The poetry of the puppet

Katie Derham looks at some of the natural links between dance and puppetry, and the kinds of things that dance has learnt - and can continue to learn - from animating the inanimate

Katie Derham looks at some of the natural links between dance and puppetry and the kinds of things that dance has and can learn from animating the inanimate. Katie looks at how puppets have been depicted in dance; how puppets have appeared alongside dancers in the ballet and considers the similarities and differences between puppet and puppeteer and choreographer and dancer.

Katie talks to Puppeteer and Artistic Director of The Curious School of Puppetry, Sarah Wright, about the relationship between dance and puppetry and about what the two can learn from each other. The programme also features Brazilian dancer/choreographer Duda Paiva whose work explores the fusion between dance and puppets, as can be seen in his company's latest production, and interpretation of Purcell's "The Fairy Queen".

Music featured in the programme includes Coppélia, La Boutique Fantasque; Alice In Wonderland and the Classic Score of the Week is Stravinsky's Petroushka.

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27 minutes

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Coppelia (Act 2 No.11 Musique des Automates & No.14 Scéne et valse de la poupée)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Mark Ermler.
    • ROH : 006.
    • ROH.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Boutique Fantasque (Tarantella, Mazurka)

    Music Arranger: Ottorino Respighi. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • PHILIPS : 420 485-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 11.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Boutique Fantasque (Cossack Dance, Cancan)

    Music Arranger: Ottorino Respighi. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • PHILIPS : 420 485-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 13.
  • Frank Zappa

    Bogus Pomp

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • Orchestral Favourites.
    • Zappa.
    • 1.
  • Joby Talbot

    The Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Austin.
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
    • 7.
  • Anoushka Shankar

    Flight

    Performer: Ian Burdge. Performer: Manu Delago. Music Arranger: Nitin Sawhney.
    • Traces of You.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Snoop Dogg

    Gin and Juice

    Performer: Snoop Dogg.
    • Doggystyle.
    • Death Row Records.
    • 3.
  • John Blow

    Venus and Adonis (Act 1: A Dance by a Huntsman)

    Orchestra: New London Consort.
    • L’Oiseau Lyre : 440 220-2.
    • L’Oiseau Lyre.
    • 1.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Heimweh (Pierrot Lunaire)

    Singer: Christine Schaefer. Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon : 4790563.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 15.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairie Queen (Act 5 Chaconne - Dance for a Chinese Woman and Man)

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists.
    • Archiv : 419 221-2.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 30.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Petrushka (1911 version) (4th scene)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon : 400 042-2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Leigh Harline

    I've got no strings (Pinocchio)

    Singer: Dickie Jones. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Leigh Harline.
    • Walt Disney's - Pinocchio.
    • Walt Disney Records.
    • 11.

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