Lunatic Cunning is a virtuoso solo performance built from semi-autobiographical events, and stories that explore and evoke uncanny connections between puppetry and the paranormal: a shaman discovers the roots of puppetry; a floating baby haunts a memory; an art school student has an out-of-body experience. With each tale, Godwin leads his audience ever further on a voyage of synchronicity, silly magic and mythological awakening. Humorous and haunting, Lunatic Cunning weaves together vaudeville schtick, esoteric philosophy and an alchemical vision of the 1910 poem by Robert Service, ”The Cremation of Sam McGee.”
“I make things with my hands and I perform with them; the process of design and construction informs the stories that develop, and characters are discovered alongside visual narratives by utilizing a kind of participation mystique. My approach to story-telling is intuitive and somewhat non-linear. Most of the emotional content comes from personal experience that is projected and reflected by mytho-poetic energies inhabiting my crypto-objects.”
Lunatic Cunning features rod, shadow, and tabletop puppets, Czech-style marionettes, performance objects, toy theater, hand shadows, masks, and a live actor. It is suitable for mature audiences with a taste for the alternatively traditional. Rated R.