I have to admit, I've never really been into this style of puppetry. It just never quite clicked with me. Today I discovered Bruce Schwartz and it hit me hard! In this piece, he did on the Muppet Show (accompanied by Cleo Laine), a man, or... seemingly gender neutral person, is lamenting their recently departed lover. It's just heartbreaking and by far the most sophisticated thing I've ever seen on this program.
These days puppetry is a huge part of my life and work. I usually hate puppetry - I hate the way the culture around it has developed, I hate the meaningless discussions and the big personalities. I hate how hardly any real emotion is transmitted. But when I see videos like this, it reminds me of my earliest experiences with the art form and how enchanted I was, and why I'm still chasing that thing today.
Thank you, Bruce Scwartz.