The Chosen One

   by Tracy Kochanski for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Rite of Spring

Inspiration Artist: Igor Stravinsky & Nicholas Roerich (costume designer for 1913 Joffrey Ballet))

I decided to carve a marionette from the wood supplied in the mystery build box.
I cut the wood into the appropriate size pieces for the head, torso, hips ,legs & arms and then carved them using chisels & gouges. I cut all the joints with a coping saw and finished them with chisels.
I used some of the wire and the sculpty to make the hands.
When the pieces were done I used the wire to put them together and create loops for the strings.
The strings caused me a real problem. after trying a few things I resigned myself to taking apart the twine and creating strings by knotting 2 or 3 strands together to make a piece and coating them in white glue. Each "string" took 3 or 4 pieces. Needless to say tying the strings took about as long as the carving.
I used the remaining twine (painted black) to make the hair.
The dress & headband were made from the canvas. Because it was so stiff and restricted the puppet's movement, I ended up cutting slits for the legs.
I cut apart the oak plywood to use for the controller. I also used wire, the dowels and hot glue.

This past spring I saw the Joffrey ballet perform Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring". It was amazing! They performed the original choreography wearing the original costume designs from the 1913 performance that caused a riot in a Paris theater. The controversial piece is centered around the choosing of a young girl to be sacrificed by dancing herself to death.