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The puppet master
« on: Wednesday, 05 November, 2014 @ 13:08:47 »
Karagiozis stages comeback through passionate puppeteer
By Tasos Economou

The shadow theater of Karagiozis has its own special place in the Greek entertainment industry. World-weary and immortal, the daydreaming hero is making a comeback all around the country, bringing smiles to children’s faces. What if the classic Greek anti-hero is competing with Playstation consoles, computer games, the heroes of Marvel Comics, remote-controlled helicopters and hundreds of fictional characters? Poking fun at himself, his friends, the Pasha, the crisis taxes and at the day-to-day lives of his audience, the barefoot shadow theater figure has been reappearing at public squares, beaches, fetes and parties, regaining the popularity that made him an entertainment staple in the first half of the 20th century.

Behind the white cloth, young Greek puppeteers are learning the craft from the masters and adding their voices and experiences to give Karagiozis a new, contemporary flair. One of these young players is Alexandros Melissinos, a 34-year-old from the Ionian island of Cephalonia, who apprenticed with his father before taking over the small family business.