Puppetry is considered to be one of the oldest forms of artistic creativity. It combines sculpture, sacred objects, embodiment, performance, movement, voice and imagination.
Its origins on the African continent stem from animism, a way of being alive to the world, understanding the connecting flow between the living, the still to be born and the ancestral, the divine and the profane, the female and the male, the human and the non human (plants, animals, land, space, stars, objects, art).
Animist based practices such as puppetry are found all over the world, and in South Africa our indigenous puppetry and doll practices are linked especially to the Great Mother. Dolls and puppets are linked to secret initiation traditions and to women’s sexual, spiritual and creative healing powers, ancestral knowledge and the resistance of patriarchy.
Puppetry expresses the uniquely feminine knowledge of birth, death and rebirth that we hold in our being and bodies. Puppetry is a creative expression of the feminine meeting points of spirit and matter, of what makes us human and divine, of the exquisite vulnerability of our lives and the power and magic of being. It is our ability to see and feel the processes of life in everything all around us.