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The Puppet Show

Puppet shows aren't just for kids as proven by the artists in this episode of Spark.

Pop artist and painter, Sandow Birk has adapted Dante's Divine Comedy into a modern epic and filmed it in the tradition of "Toy Theatre," a European style of puppetry from the 1700s.

Basil Twist is collaborating with Joe Goode and Paula Vogel to stage "The Long Christmas Ride Home" using traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets of his own creation.

Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel stages her latest work using found object puppets to address issues women face when confronting breast cancer. Also, visit the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley, and check out their extensive puppet collection.

[Original air date: Wed, Jun 21, 2006]

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Featured Profiles:

Liebe Wetzel

Get personal with Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel as she stages "Beauty and the Breast" using found object puppets.

Basil Twist

Witness how master puppeteer Basil Twist has dedicated himself to pushing the boundaries of his art.

Sandow Birk

See why Sandow Birk believes that San Francisco is the perfect setting for a journey through heaven and hell.

Kathy Foley

Visit the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley and check out their extensive puppet collection.

Spark Video Player

Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.

Acknowledgments

Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.

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