These short, non-verbal vignettes portrayed brief 'moments' through the cycle of a woman's life with miniature bunraku puppet figures.
In 1985, Michele studied with Phillipe Genty in a 9-week Masterclass at the Institut Internationale de la Marionette in Charlesville-Mézières in France. The experience deepened her fascination with puppetry techniques and manipulation, and developed her skills in creating performances based on gestural observation.
MOMENTS continued Michele's engagement with Genty's philosophies and concepts. The piece grew from her first vignette, Positive Equals, which expressed the gestures and movements of babyhood. This act had been developed with Peter J.Wilson under Genty's tutelage and was the stimulus of their vignette production Smalls.
MOMENTS vignettes observed a woman at difference ages, Each brief segment was portrayed in beautifully executed puppet manipulation segments that expressed glimpses of a lifetime. Hooded and shadowy puppeteers shared operation of the small white figures in a subtle interaction that explored the relationship between subject and manipulator and created the mood of each moment.
Acts were titled:
*The Five Year Old
* The Sixteen Year Old
* The Mature Woman
*The Old Woman
MOMENTS was presented by Handspan as part of the Smalls program from 1986
Segments were later included in Women Alone (1989). and some appeared in showcase productions performed by students in the Victorian College of the Arts Puppetry Program (2004 - 2009).
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|Devised & designed by||Michele Spooner|
|Directorial assistance||Peter J.Wilson|
|Puppet maker||Michele Spooner|
|Composer||Gavan Dunn with Eric Gradman|
|Original cast||Michele Spooner|
|Also performed by||Annie Wylie & Katy Bowman|
|September, 1986||Castlemaine Festival, Victoria|
|March, 1990||Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide Fringe Festival, South Australia|