Art

The genius puppetry behind War Horse: Handspring Puppet Company

“Puppets always have to try to be alive,” says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena’s subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully lifelike Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 18:12)

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