Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Horse movement - example 1: Warhorse & Handspring Puppet Company

The Handspring Puppet Company is a puppetry performance and design company established in 1981 by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the company provides an artistic home and professional base for a core group of performers, designers, theatre artists and technicians.  Handspring’s work has been presented in more than 30 countries around the world.

The Handspring Puppet Company achieved critical acclaim when War Horse premiered in South Bank, London, on 17 October 2007. For this show, Kohler and Jones worked with directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris and choreographer Toby Sedgwick to design and construct life-sized horse puppets, controlled by three actors – two to operate the legs and one to control the head and neck, with all three actors providing a variety of sound effects. (from Company website - link is pasted below)

Team of creative personnel:
Puppet Design, Fabrication & Direction: Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company
Adrian Kohler: Artistic Director & Puppet Designer
Thys Stander: Chief Cane Sculptor
James Dee: Factory Manager & Mech. Engineer
Jessica Mias – Jones: Asst Factory Manager & Puppet Maker
Simon Dunkley: Puppet Engineer
Andy Jones:Puppet Engineer & Supervisor
Phyllis Midlane: Fabric Engineer
Peter Collard: Puppet Maker
Ncedile Daki: Puppet Builder & Assistant Engineer
Kyle Daniels: Puppet Builder
Johannes De Lange: Puppet Builder
Luyanda Nogodlwana: Puppet Builder & Supervisor
Lyn Sieborger: Asst Puppet Builder
Zweli Ngcombela: Assistant Cane Sculptor
Phillip Roberts: Studio Assistant
Christiaan Johnson: Studio Assistant
Ntimpeba Epimac: Studio Assistant

Article: Engineering the movement
Photographs bellow are from the Handspring Puppet Company book (online version)


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