Don't know how many puppeteers are lurking hereabouts, but Craftsters have proven to be creative geniuses, so: I'm directing an improvised puppet bollywood show, and building all the puppets. On my list is a puppet that would essentially be the "chorus" -- a lot of dancing girls (or boys) that can all move together. Could be one, two, or a whole chorus line.
I've built a bunch of puppets, and I have a lot of puppetmaking books, but understandably they're centered around making a *single* puppet.
Anyone have any experience with the multiple-puppet puppet, with do's (or don'ts!) learned from that experience? Any brilliant ideas for a mechanism that could make multiple puppets dance?
I suppose there's always the string/marionette option, but I'm afraid of them getting tangled backstage in the dark. We'll see, though; it's not off the table yet.
(This is something like what our puppets currently look like -- mostly your "hand and rod" muppet-style ones; we have some monsters, some human-looking ones, and some are teeny and some are huge. There'll be people performing alongside them, like Sesame St. or more like Avenue Q, since we won't be trying to hide the puppeteers.)
Thanks in advance! All ideas are welcomed, including and specifically ideas that you think might be "dumb"; that's the best kind of brainstorming! Don't rob yourself of an idea just because you think it might be silly or wildly implausible!
That's where all the best inspiration comes from.