Art / Fairy Tales / Theater

“Pupa” or A Freakish Metamorphosis Tale

Fairy tales are not just for kids. In fact, they are for people of all ages, because the themes that they grapple with are so multi-layered that they must be understood over the course of a lifetime.

In collaboration with the puppet and installation theatre “Beyond the Bark,” Emma Fisher’s latest work, Pupa, has taken inspiration from Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, but this time utilizing male and female puppets to portray questions of (dis)ability. The word pupa may bring images of insects to mind, but actually the word is derived from Latin meaning “girl or doll.” This is apropos as the main female character in Pupa banishes her limb, in essence bifurcating her body. Therefore one must stop to think about the connection between the mind and the body, and also the soul. What is the link between these elements of our being?


[Emma Fisher, left]

Pupa mixes “puppetry, mask, ceramics, song and film” to create a work that takes people’s perceptions about (dis)ability and shines a mirror on topics that are not talked about enough in society. This multi-media and multi-sensory work debuted in Limerick, Ireland on March 23rd – 25th, 2017. We hope to hear more about other innovative works that take puppetry and fairy tales to unprecedented new places.


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