Puppeteer/film maker, Steven Ritz-Barr. Through the simplicity and beauty of the marionette coupled with great stories, heroes, and ideas, quite simply, I want to transport myself and my audience to another plane of reality.
I studied Religion and Education for several years in my youth. Then I went to Paris and studied Mime/Dance as self-expression-- the practice of which led me to Puppetry Arts. I have worked 30+ years in Puppetry Arts and haven't yet been able to exhaust my curiosity, in spite of the marginalism of the art form. Since I turned 50 I began making my own puppet films. I miss the power of the live performance but the power of the film is it can be seen by people all over the world without the performers being present. My challenge is to bring the power of the live puppet performance to my films. Did I say most of my work is based on classics literature? One reason for this is the staying power of the classics. I combine this stability with the staying power of the marionette-actor (puppets never age) and my formula for communicating is set. I repeat, my goal is to transform my viewers to a higher plane of humanity, through the simplicity and beauty of the marionette.