The Prassein Aloga
company (whose name means 'to act irrationally' in ancient Greek) has carved out an artistic niche that is all its own since entering the difficult arena of theatre for the young in 1997. The company’s creator, Emmanuela Kapokaki, describes her work as visual puppet theatre aimed at all ages. So what it is about this singular form of theatre that can move children and adults alike?
To begin with, actors’ sharing the stage with puppets has lost none of its appeal.
Secondly, the Prassein Aloga company places especial importance on the aesthetics of its performances, and continues to make all its own puppets. Finally, its productions do not approach the audience in the same way as the theatre of the spoken word; instead, the puppet theatre uses the language of the image, the symbol and the archetype to present an original spectacle in which actor and puppet interact.
In The Sugarkneaded
, Emmanuela Kapokaki, an artist with all manner of awards, distinctions and international collaborations to her credit, continues her personal exploration of the relationship between actor and puppet. In the work, which is based on a fairytale from the Mani in the Southern Peloponnese, she plays Tarò, a woman who moulds her beloved—a life-size puppet— exactly as she wants him out of edible materials. But reality will be harsh on the young lovers who dare to turn their backs on their conservative society: Tarò and her beloved will be parted only to meet again after the heroine has completed a perilous journey of self-knowledge.
Throughout her journey, body and puppets proceed side by side, symbolizing relationships and expressing emotions. Three-dimensional figures, mechanical toys and glove-puppets come to life and accompany Tarò on her quest, while the stage sets play an integral part in the action as they are transformed along the way to reflect the young woman’s dreams, desires and fears. Everything comes together to create a magical atmosphere which captivates and entertains the audience.
4 Feb 2011
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
€10 per child (€7 for siblings); €5 for accompanying parents
Building a puppet and bringing it to life