Clown’s Houses (Merlin Puppet Theatre – Dimitris Stamou & Demy Papada)
„Blind are those houses, paper-thin
Old shadows hid therein,
With sly and crazy movements creep
Like marionettes, and weep…“
Edith Sitwell „Clowns’ Houses“ 1918
One building, five apartments , six characters. They live their conventional lives in a dark, claustrophobic setting, with their fears, obsessions and loneliness.
Merlin are dramatizing and demonizing their obsessions until they finally punish and liberate them in the most violent manner. They do not attempt to do existential analysis through their work. They are dramatising the modern way of living in its current form. Tragedy and Comedy. Through the dark rooms of ‘Clowns' Houses’ the loneliness of the modern man is displayed; prison-like houses, people trapped into their routines and habits, distant from their dreams.
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TATWERK | PERFORMATIVE FORSCHUNG, Hasenheide 9, Gewerbehof, Aufgang 1, 3. OG, Neukölln, 10967 Berlin
Concept: Merlin Puppet Theater
Director: Dimitris Stamou
Puppets and Costume: Dimitris Stamou, Demy Papada
Puppet Manipulation: Demy Papada, Dimitris Stamou
Stage Design: Merlin Puppet Theatre
Original Music: Achilles Charmpilas
Light Design: Merlin Puppet Theatre
Narration: Chris Androvitsaneas
Merlin Puppet Theatre was founded in 1995 in Athens, Greece. They’ve run hundreds of performances , including workshops on puppet creation and play.
They’ve participated in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and educational seminars. They’ve co-operated with a number of performing artists such The Tiger Lillies, Dirty Granny Tales and Opera Chaotique. They are members of the Greek Puppet Center of UNIMA .
Merlin Puppet Theatre lives and works in Berlin.
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