My technique, which I’ve called the ‘Object Score’, consists of using the body as a landscape for the puppet and vice versa, in order to explore the space and create choreographic motifs. It is in fact a very specific form of choreography for two bodies functioning under the same mind. Where a dancer seeks to be seen on stage and to express himself through body language, a puppeteer generally tries not to be seen, giving space to his puppet. In the Object Score technique we do both and we switch from one perspective to the other.
– Duda Paiva
Object Score puppetry takes preparation. The puppeteer needs to prepare his body and mind before he can transpose expression through his puppet, creating a dialogue between himself, the puppet and the audience. The O.S. method demands full control of your body and mind.
Therefore, the first task of the O.S. Puppeteer is to train a high level of consciousness of his body. After this he needs to learn to control his body, exploring its every muscle. To achieve this, we use: the Breathing exercises, Fletcher-Towel Work and Spine articulation.
After this, the puppeteer learns to transpose expression to his puppet, using key techniques like: breath, fingertip manipulation, countermovement and split focus. Now, start playing!