- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1987/01/01
- Latest 1987/12/31
- Materials Synthetic fibre, Cotton, Wood, Metal
- Measurements Height 83.0 cm, Width 40.5 cm, Depth 33.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a television production
- Additional Information The Conserving Kingdom, Ministry of Energy, 1984 to 1987, TV Ontario, 1988. (Constance Nebel, Assistant Curator, Cultural studies, June 2007) Waterwood Productions was commissioned in 1983 by the Ontario Ministry of Energy to produce a play on energy conservation. This play was presented in both French and English for three provincial tours from 1984 to 1987. It was later adapted in 1988 into a two hour television special for TV Ontario.
- Caption Waterwood Theatre Projects
In 1978, Karen Waterman and Daniel Wood formed Echo-Logical Theatre, which later became Waterwood Productions. Known today as Waterwood Theatre Projects, the company has used puppetry in creating a number of educational theatre productions, addressing subjects such as ecology and nutrition. In addition, the company has toured successfully throughout Ontario, performing original children's shows such as Mouse Tales and Yes We Have No Bananas. One of the company's most popular creations is the body-puppet character Dudley the Dragon, who first appeared in the touring show The Conserving Kingdom during the 1980s. Dudley went on to star in his own television series, The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon, which was produced by TV Ontario and aired in both Canada and the United States during the 1990s. Puppeteer David Hannan recently joined Waterwood Theatre Projects, adding his skills to those of its founders. The company continues to perform at community venues and festivals, and also offers workshops on puppet building and manipulation for participants of various ages and levels of skill.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Marotte
The marotte is the most elementary form of rod puppet. Originally, the word marotte referred to a jester's stick: a wand topped with a head that was trimmed with particoloured ribbons and bells. Today, the term marotte refers to a puppet controlled from below with a single central rod. In French, the term marotte can be used even when other rods are added to control the arms, as long as the head and limbs of the marotte are fixed to the central rod and move on the same axis as the stick (see also Rod Puppet).
Marotte à main prenante (Alternate name: Human-Arm Marotte)
This French expression à main prenante is the equivalent of the English "human arm", and is used when one of the puppeteer's hands becomes the hand - and thus an integral part - of the puppet. The French term marotte à main prenante is preferred whenever the puppet is a marotte. The puppeteer controls a central rod with one of his or her hands, while the other hand becomes a hand of the puppet itself. Sometimes two puppeteers share animation of the marotte, thus giving it two "human" hands.