Manipulating the Audience - Puppet workshop on the semiology of magic

Stathis Markopoulos (Greece)

27 August - 2 September

Duration: 35 hours +
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 20.00
Limited number of participants: max 16
Language: Greek, English

Tools and materials to be used are included in the total cost.

The workshop is a research on the reversal of the typical scheme of puppet theatre art, which places the puppeteer as the "life supplier" of the puppet for
the sake of the spectator, and the change of roles: the truth is that the puppeteer is manipulating the spectator, the spectACTOR brings the puppet to life and the puppet is manipulating the puppeteer. This magic triangle has its own "laws" and tools and this is what we are going to explore.

The workshop is not about construction. The puppets to be used are going to be simple but will cover a wide variety of possible relations with the body of the puppeteer, the space and the medium of manipulation. Bringing your own puppets to discover new possibilities is also welcome.


- history, aspects and notions of puppet theatre
- basic techniques of puppet animation
- exercises for the hand and the body
- objects and subjects: the illusion of life
- exercises on the mechanics of motion
- relations between appearance, anatomy and functionality
- dramaturgy of rhythm and visual narration
- cosmogony and the integrated universes
- from realism to subtraction and symbolism
- non-typical puppet animation: from the traditional to its widened definition

Participation does not require previous experience, but the workshop is addressed to puppeteers, actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists with a special interest in the theatrical use of the puppet.

Particularly interesting will be the afternoon meetings of the workshop where we will collaborate with musicians of the musical workshops of the Village plus the other puppet workshops and altogether will produce short etudes of mus-visual narration.

Every evening, from the first day onwards, we will be putting a sound together with an image: Under the guidance of the director Kostadis Mizaras and the musician Eirini Zgouridou, we will be working together to produce short studies of audio-visual narration.

All these short studies are to be matched together as a vaudeville performance to be shown either as a whole or as a part of short repeated episodes spread around space and attended by the people while walking around the village.

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stathis 2015Stathis Markopoulos

Basic Studies
- 1991-93: Studies at the State Academy of Puppetry and Alternative Theatre of Prague (ALD-DAMU).
- 1992: Aprenticeship at the workshop and street performances of the Spanish puppet company “Marionetas del Matadero”, in Prague

Additional training
- 1997: Workshops with English puppeteers (Faulty Optic, Improbable Theatre), at the Puppet Centre (Buttersea Arts Centre, London)
- 1995: Theatre of synthesis and animation, Mikhaill Khussid (INTERSTUDIO, State Academy of Puppet Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia)
- 1995: “Apocalypse”, (workshop and performance during International Puppet Festival of Hydra), Michael Meschke (Marionneteatern, Stockholm, Sweeden)
- 1994: Object Animation, Bonyo Loungov (Sophia State Academy of Puppet Theatre, Bulgaria)

Professional Experience
- Since 1992, works professionally the art of puppet theatre in Greece and abroad, in productions of “Ayusaya! Puppet Theatre” as well as in collaboration with other theatre and puppet companies in more than 30 productions.
- Has participated in many International Festivals, congresses and training programs on various aspects of puppetry, in collaboration with independent organizations.
- In the workshop of Ayusaya! Puppet Theatre, he runs an annual adult training course on marionettes, mechanics and animation from which have emerged many of today’s young professionals.
- 1994-2001 Chief editor of the puppet magazine NIMA (publication of UNIMA GR)
- Has translated and published many texts of foreign puppeteers, researchers and historians in Greek language
- 2001-2014 President of the Greek Centre of the International Union of Puppetry (UNIMA).