" Simultaneously performed and filmed live with a live score of Foley Sound, and projected video feed, PuppetCinema’s inaugural show, Planet Egg creates both a theatrical intimacy with miniature puppets and a cinematic grandness worthy of an epic space odyssey. "
WHERE / WHEN
19 05 2019, 4:00 pm.
Klaipeda drama theatre, Small stage
Directed Zvi Sahar
Co-Director Michal Vaknin
Developing Crew Michal Vaknin, Justin Perkins and Ien Denio
Puppeteers Zvi Sahar, Michal Vaknin/Ayelet Golan (ISRAEL), Justin Perkins (USA)
Sound Designer Ien Denio (USA) / Kobe Shmueli (ISRAEL)
Puppets Zvi Sahar, Michal Abulafia, Michal Vaknin, Ien Denio and Justin Perkins
Simultaneously performed and filmed live with a live score of Foley Sound, and projected video feed, PuppetCinema’s inaugural show, Planet Egg creates both a theatrical intimacy with miniature puppets and a cinematic grandness worthy of an epic space odyssey. The visual world of Planet Egg is comprised of found and organic objects, crafted creations, and electronic parts who reside on a moving Lazy Susan like contraption. The Robot, his ship, and all his belongings are made from pieces of old stereos, telephones, springs, and other metal bits. Some of Planet Egg’s natives are sculpted from clay, while many are made of vegetable matter. A love story in deep space, Planet Egg features two unlikely friends, The Robot Cosmonaut and a Scallion alien creature. A herd of aggressive mushrooms and dangerous molten lava (volcanic fried eggs) are their foils. The story is told with minimal language on a desolate interplanetary fantasy world with creatures who are all good and all cute. And all hungry.
Using a cinematographic aesthetic, a documentarian’s eye and the tropes of cinema verité, Zvi Sahar shapes the audience’s focus with a strong and steady hand. He pulls back the curtains to reveal and highlight the backstage business. The audience has the feeling that the show is being created right in front of their eyes! Reality and fantasy are blurred and a sort of double vision occurs. But make no mistake, it’s all about the story.
PuppetCinema began in 2009 as a theatrical experiment in Israel, combining elements of puppetry, object theater, film and live camera feed. Using live feed to project the miniature scenes created live on stage, PuppetCinema’s mission is to explore the dialogue between the complementary mediums in order to build an artistic synergy. The puppets and other theatrical aspects create the live energy of the here and now; the camera, which actively participates in the dramatic events, enriches the world of the puppets by revealing new angles, perspectives and visuals in a way not possible in conventional theater or storytelling. The interaction between puppets and camera, together with the backstage presence of the puppeteers, wires, actors, projections, cables, foley artists, cameraman, scenic and lighting technicians – all of which are equally and intentionally exposed – deepens the dramatic story and creates a new and integral theatrical experience.