Element 3: Construction of “shadow puppets” and other devices for the shadow theatre and music

Summary

Shadow play

Build a device for shadow play and make “shadow puppets”

Design: Emmanuelle Zanfonato and ESAT Évasion

Duration : 30 min per figurine

Age: from age 7

Key words creativity and entrepreneurship: Transformation in production, Persistence, Tolerate failure, Sensibility for problems diversity, Production and overtaking the risks

Description

Shadows

The shadows can be made

Either by manipulating figurines, cut shapes, different materials (string, wire, liquid, …) directly positioned on the overhead projector’s illumination screen;

 

either by manipulating puppets with shadows or by being shadows in the space between the cloth screen and the overhead projector.

 

The game can be interactive between shadow manipulators on the overhead projector and body shadows.

The light of the overhead projector is sufficient in both cases, it is not necessary to use a projector. However, it is also possible to use pocket lamps if it is desired to produce more localized and moving lighting effects.

Dragonflies

Manufacture and introduction of dragonflies

Equipment
Snips and pliers
Tarlatane (stiff cotton fabric with a visible weft)
Rigid and flexible wire
Sewing needles and thread

The river

How to make a shadow / fish?

Equipment
Wires, pliers, tarlatan, tape


Shadow /fish manipulated near the screen


The river seen from the sky

 

Material
Several metres of transparent acetate sheets, taped crinkled florist plastic film, paper tape. Acetate sheets blackened with ink, cut and scraped as wished


Preparation for scratching

Material
Transparent acetate sheets, Chinese ink, brush, hair dryer

Fish scraped and cut

Material
Inked acetate sheets, nail scissors, metal rod


Fish manipulated in the river via the overhead projector


Scraped frogs

Colours

Material
Gels for overhead projectors, cut and hung on wires

Colour variation and verbal expression

Different colours indicate changes of musical mode.


Mobile to manipulate the shadows and musical improvisation guided by an English horn

 

 

 

 

 

Material
Confetti gels cut in the shape of flower petals, felt for plastic surfaces

 

 

 

 

 

The wave

Material
2 sheets of acetate, clear dishwashing liquid, coloured ink, brush


Preparing the wave


An undulating wave on a musical piece for flute and guitar

Competencies

The pupils are able to:

  • build their own figurines;
  • manipulate;
  • play with shadows.

Materials


1 overhead

Depending on the size of the screen: 1 screen of stretched fabric or paper hanging on a bar resting on 2 feet of projectors, but also, for a smaller screen, on one or more clothes carriers.