The Smile often happens when a puppet comes alive for the first time. It comes when you lose the sense that you are moving an object and it suddenly seems that the puppet is acting of its own volition and all you can do is go along with what it wants. Bringing objects to life is a wonderful sensation and when it takes us by surprise it often makes us smile. These clips are from my classes teaching puppeteers and actors at the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona) and Turku Arts Academy (Finland). To know more about my work, visit renebaker.org

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