Animal Shadow Puppets Picture

Animal Shadow Puppets, 2006
Cardboard; brad fasteners; welding rods

These puppets are being used in conjunction with projection for the show - 'Japanese Folk Tales of Love and Woe' - up coming in March with Oracle Theatre in NYC. Below is a brief synopsis of the show. The first venue will be at the Queens Museum on the 26th of March. (check out my gallery for more works that I've done with Oracle)

This project was huge!! -
Also check out:

Japanese Tales of Love and Woe Puppets
Young Woman Puppet
Old Man Puppet
Old Woman/Frog Puppet
Samurai/Snake Puppet

Rod Puppet Mechanisms

Dragon King of the Sea Puppet
Dragon Puppet WIP

People Shadow Puppets

Completed Wolf Mask
Noh Masks

Completed Heita Noh Mask
Completed Ko-omote Noh Mask
Completed Doji Noh Mask
Completed Chu-jyo Noh Mask

Masks In Progress
Wolf Mask WIP

And the tutorials:

Creating Latex Puppet Hands
Creating Latex Puppet Heads


In Japanese Oral Tradition, there are many tales of gods and demons and their
interaction with humanity. Through the mystical artistry of puppetry, these gods
and demons come alive to unveil sagas about beauty, love, youth, and man’s
values. Our performance incorporates elements of traditional styles of Japanese
Theatre such as, Bunraku, Noh, and Kabuki, with Modern techniques of

Through a journey to distant lands of an ancient time, we take you on a path of
enlightenment. The road is windy and sometimes threatened with mystical
beasts and unfortunate circumstances. If you are courageous, we'll whisk you
away to follow our dancing puppetry and live actors as they battle life’s

Our stories include:
The Story of Urashima Taro: A Magical Sea Turtle rewards a Fisherman.
Mystical surprises lurk in the waters and in the capture of youth. Will you
believe your eyes and ears?

The Samurai and His Two Wives: A Samurai, displeased with his feeble lot,
searches for happiness in wealth and success. Our misguided hero is dismayed
with what he discovers and longs for that which is lost.

The Frog and The Snake: A Simply Irresistible Snake, a Helpless Frog, and a
Man, who has several daughters, create an interesting predicament. Good
deeds, clever tricks, and loyalty create a powerful tale of love and woe.


Oracle Theatre, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) company, offers a unique theatrical experience.
Tantalizing all ages with mythological themes, historical accounts, fables, and literature, our
goal is to better educate the community about various cultures. And we are also in constant
search for new voices and undiscovered tales to be heard. Through new works, old stories,
and anything that embodies a full spirit, the dramatic presentations incorporate an array of
visual and audio displays with live action. As a company comprised of artists of diverse
talents, the art of collaboration is our universal dedication.
For more information contact: [email protected] [link]
Japanese Tales Shadow Puppets
Alternate Group Shot
Animal Shadow Puppets
CAPA Festival 2006
Japanese Tales Rod Puppets