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Karagiozis mezi osmanskou mahallou a řeckým předměstím

Title in English Karagiozis between Ottoman Mahalla and the Greek suburb


Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Divadelní revue
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Greek shadow theatre; development; characteristic; features
Description The aim of the study is to introduce the basic principles of the Greek shadow theatre, known by the name of its central character, Karagiozis, and to highlight it differences from its Turkish precursor. The introduction discusses the relation of the Greeks towards their shadow theatre, and attempts to identify its ancient roots (Eleusian mysteries, Aristophanes, mimus). The following part provides the basic historical outline of the development of Karagiozis from the earliest times to the present, and describes the basic characteristic features of the Karagiozis performances, as well as the circumstances under which they were developed and carried out, including the technical aspects of theatre and the methodological principles of puppetry. The central figures of these performances are characterized and compared to their Turkish counterparts. The final part of the study discusses the repertoire of the shadow theatre and its three main genres: comedies, folktale plays and heroic plays.

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