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puppet2Aaesha, Leonard, Muzdalife and Pharell worked with musicians Daniel, Jackie and Vicky from Wigmore Hall to create compositions based on Petrouchka by Stravinsky. Using puppets that were made by the group during the morning session they created two pieces to represent Pipe the Clown, Princess Elizabeth ballerina and Pharell's Computer Puppet. Joining this together was Stravinsky's "Danse Russe" music from Petrouchka.

Listen to their composition here:

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The final session was all about puppets as the story of this ballet (also a Russian folk story) revolves around three puppets, Petrouchka being the main character. A magician has given the three puppets emotions and human characteristics but Petrouchka has even more than the other two. In a fight over the ballerina, Petrouchka is killed by the Moor. At the very end of the ballet Petrouchka's ghost is seen laughing mockingly at the magician whose magic had caused the tragic scene.

 

Computer Puppet.
Computer Puppet.
 Steel Pan player.
Steel Pan player.
 Tambourine players.
Tambourine players.
Daniel, Vicky and Jackie perform for children on the ward.
Daniel, Vicky and Jackie perform for children on the ward.

Well worth a look is this Russian production of the ballet on YouTube:


 

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