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Tabletop Puppets by Raven Kaliana:

Monkey ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Sylvia ©2008 by Raven Kaliana, Behemoth ©2014 by Raven Kaliana, Hunter ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Elf ©2015 by Raven Kaliana, Woyzeck ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Rose ©2015 by Raven Kaliana, Boy ©2016 by Raven Kaliana, Rabbit ©2011 by Raven Kaliana.  Monkey ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Sylvia ©2008 by Raven Kaliana, Behemoth ©2014 by Raven Kaliana, Hunter ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Elf ©2015 by Raven Kaliana, Woyzeck ©2013 by Raven Kaliana, Rose ©2015 by Raven Kaliana, Boy ©2016 by Raven Kaliana, Rabbit ©2011 by Raven Kaliana.

Tabletop Puppets

Tabletop puppets, also called Bunraku-Style puppets, are built with articulation in the major joints, and move similarly to real humans.  There is generally a handle at the back of the head, and sometimes short rods at the elbows and ankles.  Their expressiveness and subtlety comes from puppeteer's direct contact with the puppet - they can look quite 'alive.'  They are usually operated at tabletop level for better audience visibiliity and ease of operation, though with larger puppets, it is possible to work them from the floor level as well.  Generally the puppeteers are visible, but they can be hidden with lighting techniques. Ideally, three puppeteers would operate one puppet, though depending on the movement required, one or two puppeteers could operate the puppet.

Videos Featuring Tabletop Puppets by Raven Kaliana: 

Hooray For Hollywood Theatre Preview - footage edited Le Pustra Video/Editing Services

 

The Fool's Burden - Trailer from Sedbergh School Drama

 

Lullaby Lane - DancingFeet from Half Moon Theatre