" 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. "
ZVI SAHAR: PuppetCinema Workshop
Using puppetry and live-feed cinematography we’ll explore the connection between animating and manipulating puppets and camera, as well as see into the art of telling a story on multiple platforms simultaneously – i.e. the screen and the stage.
The focus of this specific workshop is to find ways how to best integrate the elements of theater, puppetry, object theater and cinematography onto a multidisciplinary stage with an artistic synergy.
Participants will learn the principles of puppetry and object manipulation, of film composition and camcorder operation; together we will explore different strategies of presenting a multi-layered story on both stage and screen at the same time, and puppeteering simultaneously for a camera and live audience.
By the end of the workshop we will devise theater exercises and create filmed and live-projected public presentations of the art work.
02 /Using a cinematographic aesthetic, a documentarian’s eye, and the tropes of cinema verité, PUPPETCINEMA productions shape the audience’s focus with a strong and steady hand. 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.
What began as a creative experiment in Israel in 2009, has evolved into a mission to explore a dialogue between puppetry, object theater, film, foley and live feed. PuppetCinema was born out of a desire to build an artistic synergy between these complementary mediums, where they can happily co-exist and thrive.
ZVI SAHAR holds a BA (Cum Laude) from the Department of Theatre at the University of Haifa (2010) and is also a graduate of the Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio (2006). He has won grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Jim Henson Foundation.
Sahar attended Puppet Lab in New York (2011), where he developed the language of PuppetCinema, a theatre stage language combining puppets and closed circuit video. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (2016).
He directed the Hazira Performance Art Arena production of The Road to Ein Harod which has performed at BAM Next Wave in New York, in Berlin, Croatia, and Poland; Planet Egg, a miniature puppet theatre performance (Hong Kong National Festival, festivals in Denmark, Italy, Estonia, Czech Republic, and around the US); Gulliver at Hazira Performance Art Arena in Jerusalem (which premiered at the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Jerusalem, August 2017) and Suddenly at the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, a production based on short stories by celebrated Israeli Author Etgar Keret. The production has performed at BAM Next Wave in New York in December 2017 to sold out halls.
Day 1: the Principals
Introduction to PuppetCinema
Live feed video
Exploring scale and the work on stage and screen simultaneously
The principles of camera manipulation
Puppet and Camera Manipulation
Day 2: Hands On
‘A Table Tale’
In groups, we will create a short PuppetCinema piece with miniature puppet and a tabletop scenery (working desk, diner table, etc).
In groups, we will create a short PuppetCinema piece in which a puppet needs to escape the theater space
Towards a personal project: getting ready for tomorrow when each group will devise its own project
Day 3: Creating a New Project
10:00 am–1:00 pm
Exploring and rehearsing