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Dancing Puppets at DIA

10/29/2012 14:07 ● By Rick McGarry

The Detroit Institute of Arts will display some of the best examples of American dance marionettes from its Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection through January 16 of next year.


The elaborate, large-scale marionettes were designed to gracefully execute ballet, folk and modern dance movements by clever use of counter-weighted limbs and finely carved joints.

Ada Forman, Lilian Owen Thompson, 1921

Marionette theater came to American nightclubs and cabarets in the 1940s. The performances often incorporated intricate dancing marionettes that appeared in-the-round, with live orchestras, for primarily adult audiences.

Spanish Dancers, Lauer Sisters, mid-20th century

Museum hours are 10 a.m.�4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.�10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.�5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17.

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