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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 44 THE LtlHBRIOGE HERALD Wmliioidcty. Odober II, 197? Ail nrlinlic eccentricity ead and Puppet Theatre volleys. Youny people ;ire ihe1 Street performances are must unrewarding audiences, frequent. They are liable to be blase, i Originally a sculptor, the 311- know ii all, have seen il nil be- year-old from Germany's Si- abound A crazy costume orchestra Uib- rtaKs kulilio and other improbable instruments. This is Ihe lirea-l T'uppet I Theatre, a rc-Mihile re-1 centricity in method ami mes-] .sage that iu'.s weathered 1'] j years of tribulation ami won I L'onsi'X-rablc internatioiijl at- tention. "For a lot of people, r-ays Peter Schumann, "'.ve ai i1 a en-! that can easily put This, however, neither hriih- ct's nor deters the. burly. boarded sculpt or-turned hv. sario from assault upon Hie crcl crannies of specUi' psyche neglected by I radi I i r: ally more polite d-rama ore. an-. izations. Tu him, "Ihealre should be: basic as hence the name. "We the founder pro-, claims, "to reach people in j their gutsy emotions, to make! them aware of involvement that all try to constantly e. Our idea! audience, is n of everybody, child rcn to grnndpns, mixed socially and racially." anct's. Then Mcrce ham visited the Bavarian capi- and the no led Ameriean dancer roused Schnmon to nMureness of the choreographic revoluliim begun by Martha Graham. estod and then dlaeuchanlcd by! Gathering a gron'i and ex- he saw at ballet perform-1 peri minting with mime. Schu- another sirtistac- lesia fouml his Inlter calling in Munich. Although without train- ing En dance, he became i [iter- (oyle's column liy HAL BOYLE "YORK (API A computer is a better recall machine than the human memory in .some ways. ii excels only in terms pure quantity. 1iYhen it comes to the machine is hopelessly outclassed. Only the blood-fed heart and mind ean recall the flavor of a memory or restore an emo- tional event with all the im- pact that it had originally. a' ve got a p re t ty good memory hox in your own head 1C you can push a mental but- ton and it will remember when: A juvenile delinquent was a j kid pitched pennies at i sicbv.alk cracks for keeps. A man who skipped going to church on Sunday felt guilty about it all next week. In summer you could tell a dud by his straw boater and two-tone shoos. DON'T PLAY FAIR In a fair fight, there still was some tradition of sports- manship. You were supposed to refrain from kicking an op- ponent when he was rule later dropped by a gener- ation which belies'es that it is only when a fellow is down that you can give him a pro- per kicking. Anyone walking down the street of a small town nfter midnight would start a dozen dogs 10 barking. People pushed lawnmowcrs instead of taking a scenic ride across the lawn on them. Sometimes it seemed that the only things the parlor of a home were used for were wakes and later, the reading of the will. A visitor could always tell if a h ouseuife was lazy by whether the family Bible had dust on it or the corners of the ceilings held (elltale cobwebs. STAK3 IDOLIZED A kid knew the coming Sat- urday afternoon movie serial would be a (linger if Eddie Polo or Pearl White was in it. Producer Uillv Hose, a fur- brought him tion. In tOSl, Schumann and wife came to New York to visit and decided lo stay. She became a Russia n language teacher in Vermont and lie was shorthand whiz, was J hired to teach dance. His tut- elage failed to please the admin- istration, but Schumann permission to do a show with students and puppets that turned out more felicitously. The Ncw York phase of activ- ities began in 19B2. Then as now, he fashioned all the props mer earning n living on Broadway as a song lyricist, turning out such hits as Me and My Shadow, The Old Gang of Mine. the one about some odd character who left chew- ing gum on the bedpost over- night. You had nobody but your- from tiny hand puppets to giant KK-IKCTS Daring the dccarie n[ activity the tnasqaers have done more than 100 pieces, ranging from solemn evocations of ultimate ordeal lo animated cartoons based on the revolt at Attica. Vietnam and other headline turmoil. Unlike so mo theatrical pro- test groups, these puppeteers only to stir awareness, not action. "f don't believe in changing politics or the world through the says Schumann. "A political argument there isn't even truthful becau.se the au- cxence isn't participating. We are not. a revolutionary theatre.'1 About a year ago, however, he did refuse a grant from the Na ti onal E ndpwment for t h e Arts because, it the agency of a government embroiled in Southeast Asia conflict. Impoverished survival seems to be as basic to the company as the strange paraphernalia of makeup, decor and riress, the melange of dance, mime, dia- logue and some distortion that features performances. "We arc not interested in the j riches of our wealthy civ-1 ilization and our very nice elec- tronic he says in Teu- tonic-tinged tones, "rather arc working with the garbage of it, the leftovers that would be throvvn away. BORED BY YOUNG "I doivt need velours or a lighting board. I feel that is economically ant! cally wrong. Money should go into other things. The theatre cts> a sPacc agency doctor said isn't so important that it .should h c r c Dr- Charles Barry, have huge expenditures." Experimental theatre is gen eraJly considered to have great- est appeal to the younger gen- i Hiqhts is that of man's psy- eralion. A major share of etiology, and that Involves the Bread and Puppet louring has j question of whether crew mem- tndeed been to universities. But should have normal beter- Schumann says: j relations on prolonged "I'm bored v.ith playing at' missions." self to blame if you got cheated in a horse trade be- cause you forgot to pull open the other horse's jaws and inspect his teeth. A man was as good, as his word. i L was suspcc t ed that a woman brazen enough to smoke a cigarette in public must have worse vices in pri- vate. Those were the member? plastic grotesques. For income, he paint ed apartments and moved furniture. The big theatrical break- through came in 1963 with an invitation to take part in a fes- tival at Nancy, France. Since then the company has made two further European tours, stretching from Warsaw to Lon- don. With that reputation. Schu- man found more invitations to perform on this side of the ocean. NAMESAKES Four licjer cubs ot the Detroit Zoo hove been named Billy, Mickey, Woodie ond Joe. 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