With our cultures and styles of puppetry, puppeteers from France, Germany, US, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma: we are developing a show.
What is this project?
I've been invited to take part in a puppet project in Thailand. The Universal Puppet Project: A Cross-cultural Collaboration. The project is puppeteers from the U.S., France, Germany, Thailand, Cambodia and Burma will meet in Thailand. We all take the same idea and will each create a small piece using our culture and style of puppetry interpreting that theme in our own way. Then we will combine each piece into into a universal unifying play - a cross-cultural collaboration. We will spend a week in Thailand developing the play and then perform it in Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma for a week long run in each country.
The project is supported by the Goethe Institute: The most important institution for spreading German culture in the world.
The project is organized and directed by the German puppeteer, stage designer and artist Manuel Lütgenhorst who is well known and reputed in South East Asia as well as in Europe and the U.S. You can see his work at http://emptyspacechiangmai.info/emptyspacechiangmai.info/index.html
What's the catch?
The catch is: I have to pay for my own travel. We are talking about a bunch of international plane tickets. And that's where I need your help. My backers, my supporters, my angels. No donation is too small. Every little bit helps to make this project possible.
What's in it for me?
REWARDS! With just a small donation of $10, you get your very own hand made sock puppet and a photo of him on the project! Access to all my updates during the project! A Postcard from Burma! (And who has a postcard stamped from Burma in their collection?) Documentary Photo Book of the project!! Hand puppets! Shadow puppets! Personalized puppets!
Is the Kickstarter really all or nothing? What happens if we don't hit the goal within the time span?
Yes, it really is all or nothing. If I don't raise the whole amount, I will receive nothing. Your credit card will never be charged. It will be as if nothing ever happened.
Can we exceed the goal?
We most certainly can. How cool that would be! Kickstarter will let me keep whatever amount is raised within the time allotted (30 days) as long as I reach my goal. The more money that's raised, the better the rewards will be for everyone!
Can I increase my pledge once I've made one?
Absolutely! After you've pledged once, just sign into Kickstarter, click on the "Manage Your Donation" button that will have replaced the "Back this Project" button and enter a higher amount and, if you like, select the corresponding (higher) reward.
What if I don't want to receive a reward?
Then you will still receive a reward, but a different kind: my sincere thanks and awe at your utter selflessness. There's a button you can select indicating that you don't want a reward.
Will my pledge be displayed publicly?
It's a secret... No one will know how much you pledge except for me.
If I don't live in the U.S., can I still back this project and receive rewards?
Of course you can! As long as you have a major credit card, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Although, if you contribute enough to receive a reward, if you would be so kind as to please help me cover shipping costs by adding $1 if you're in Canada and $5 if you live elsewhere. You can write in any amount for your pledge, so instead of entering $50, for example, write in $51 if you live in Canada or $55 if outside of Canada or the U.S.
Thank you so much!! Any donation is very appreciated. And please feel free to pass this page on to any one you think might find it of interested.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A huge heartfelt Thank you on my project's Facebook Page and a mention in all of the documentary books that are made of the project.
Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
Your very own handmade sock puppet! And a photo of him on site during the project in Thailand! (plus prior rewards)
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A postcard sent from Thailand. (plus prior rewards)
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A postcard sent from Cambodia. (plus prior rewards)
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A postcard sent from Burma. (And who has a postcard sent from Burma!?) (plus prior rewards)
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A documentary photo book of the project printed with a personal note of gratitude to every donor. (plus prior rewards)
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A handmade hand puppet and a picture of him in Thailand. (plus prior rewards)
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A picture book of the adventures of your new puppet friend in Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. (plus prior rewards)
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
A handmade traditional shadow puppet. (plus prior rewards)
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
A one-of-a-kind "personalized" caricature hand puppet designed to look like YOU or a person of your choosing. (plus prior rewards)
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