created by: josh rice
premiere: june 2022, new york state puppet festival, perry, ny
technology: front projection, live-feed usb wecam, pre-recorded video
philosopher and critic roland barthes wrote in mythologies, “The function of the wrestler is not to win; it is to go exactly through the motions that are expected of him.” drawing from Barthes and the work of Samuel Beckett, this absurdist wrestling puppet show explores fantasy, reality, and the spaces in-between, using bunraku-style puppetry, projection, dance, and the very real world of professional wrestling.
Photos: Kat Kuo