Most important, puppets hover in a space between realism and abstraction. Because they are not human, they don’t come at us with a lot of confusing detail. What detail they do have is economical, artistic—chosen—and therefore they can represent ideas easily.
Joan Acocella on Chinese puppeteer, Yeung Fai’s show at Lincoln Center, “Hand Stories,” which tells of his family’s history in puppetry: http://nyr.kr/OzMTOG
(Photograph by Stephanie Berger.)