What do we call these little “beings” that seemingly burst forth with life at the knee of a skilled ventriloquist performer? Some people find the D word (Dummy!) too abrasive for these all-too-alive little creatures. The term ventriloquial figure or vent figure is the most widely used term among the professionals in the field. But whatever we call them, they are, in fact, a form of puppet. The Center for Puppetry Arts decided to concentrate on the contemporary American ventriloquist in a retrospection of the 20th century.
Curated By: Susan Kinney