Written by Andrew Duran
This past Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend No Blue Memories-The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. This performance was beyond anything I could have expected and displayed a style of puppets that was creatively outstanding.
Immediately as the lights dimmed and the curtain rose, this performance began to set itself apart from previous blog topics. The added aspect of puppeteering really added to the storytelling and the overall message being conveyed. The puppeteering was a unique aspect of the performance that allowed the audience to enter into the world that was being shared with us. The story began with an eighth grade graduation and is able to progress and continue through the imagery of the puppet interaction.
Through the use of puppets, I was able to obtain a sense of emotion that I feel I would not have possessed otherwise. Specifically, when Gwendolyn Brooks went to visit the young girl who wrote her a fan letter it was easy to feel the love displayed by Brooks and the longing of the heart from the young girl. In this performance, the young girl was a puppet and Brooks was a real human but, somehow, that made me feel the emotion much more greater than I would have imagined.
This performance was wrapped up by the style of music that was present. Throughout the night, the puppets and actors were accompanied by a jazz styled ensemble that really complemented the night. Music is a true passion of mine so it was a pleasant experience to be able to witness the tone of music correlate to the emotion being conveyed. Overall, this night was a breathe of fresh air as I found myself at the edge of my seat waiting for the next scene to begin.