Wednesday, August 20, 2008
A meeting with the Joe Louis Puppet Theater
Sakorn Yang-keawsot (Thai: สาคร ยังเขียวสด; b. 1922 in Nonthaburi Province, d. May 21, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand) was a Thai puppeteer. He was a master of the hun lakorn lek (traditional Thai small puppets). Also known by his English nickname, Joe Louis, in 1985 he founded the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre. He was named a National Artist for performing arts in 1996.
I found the technique to be very interesting during my visit to Thailand in 2002, and will be considering their methods and others in the process of developing Laotian American puppoetics in the coming years ahead.
The following video was taken examining their construction process and other elements regarding the puppets.