AMERICAN TIEN (1998)

A bilingual (Mandarin and English) production based on real-life experiences of sweatshop workers in New York\’s Chinatown, I utilised a variety of puppet construction techniques – rod puppets like this one, as well as performing objects and large hinged characters which were manipulated by several puppeteers as in Bunraku. The puppets interacted with live performers.


credits

directed by Alexis Rehrmann
produced by the Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association at the Puffin Room, New York
set & puppet design by Justine Shih Pearson


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