Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the guidance of puppets – nonanimal objects, often relating some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a Puppeteer. Such a play is also known as a Puppet play. The puppeteer uses gestures of her/his hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, and in some cases the mouth and eyes of the puppet. The puppeteer often speaks in the voice of the character of the puppet and then synchronizes the movements of the puppet's mouth with this spoken part. The actions, gestures and spoken parts acted out by the puppets are typically used in Storytelling.
Puppetry is a very ancient form of theatre which was first recorded in the 5th century BC in AncientGreece. Some forms of puppetry may have dawned as long ago as 3000 years BC. Puppetry takes many forms, but they all share the process of animating inanimate performing objects to tell a story. Puppetry occurs in almost all human societies where puppets are used for the purpose of entertainment through performance, as sacred objects in customs, as symbolic representations in celebrations such as carnivals, and as an instigator for social and psychological change in transformative arts.
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