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Puppets and Cities: Articulating Identities in Southeast Asia

Puppets and Cities: Articulating Identities in Southeast Asia

Addresses how puppetry complements and combines with urban spaces to articulate present and future cultural and national identities and a case studies of puppet performance from across the region. Describes a puppetry outside the context of performance and in the reified space of the museum. Analyzes how a performance of Cambodian puppetry in New York city creates an identity narrative of healing. Examines puppet spectacle in Cambodia by looking at the yearly Giant Puppet Project in Siem Reap. Presents ideas of nature and the village are vital to expressions of identity in Southeast Asia – even urban identities for example from Lao PDR, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Investigates the history and performance practices of three puppet companies in Bangkok and puppetry and identity in virtual worlds. Includes puppet exchanges and regional identity in George Town.

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