One building, five apartments and six main characters. Comical-tragical personalities, leading a miserable life which they aren’t afraid to lose but they are afraid to live.
Merlin’ doesn’t attempt to do existential analysis through their work. They are dramatising the modern way of living in its current form and they ballance between the dark comedy and tragedy. 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.
Already on tour around the world since 2012 , 4 times awarded "Clowns' Houses" is a visual performance for adults (+15).
In “Clowns' Houses” you will find a combination of different puppetry techniques such as marionettes, top table puppets, object and shadow theatre.
In English language
TATWERK | Berlin within Stripped Works - Contemporary Performances Practices Festival 2018
Concept: Merlin Puppet Theater
Direction: Dimitris Stamou
Puppets and costumes: Dimitris Stamou, Demy Papada
Puppet Manipulation: Demy Papada, Dimitris Stamou
Scenery: Merlin Puppet Theatre
Original Music: Achilles Charmpilas
Light Design: Merlin Puppet Theatre
Narration: Chris Androvitsaneas
Merlin Puppet Theater was founded in Athens, Greece in 1995. Dimitris Stamou and Demy Papada started of creating masks and puppets for the theatre. In 2001 they started performing with their own performances. Since then they have created stories for adult and young audience, and they’ve run hundreds of performances at theatres and international festivals in more than 42 countries around world , including workshops on puppet creation and play. In 2011 the group moved in Berlin, Germany. Their work received couple of international theater awards. They’ve participated in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and educational seminars for theater and the art of puppetry. They’ve created puppets and props for other performers and artists such as The Tiger Lillies, Dirty Granny Tales and Opera Chaotique. They are members of the Greek Puppet Centre UNIMA HELLAS. Merlin Puppet Theatre lives and works in Berlin.