Irina Boiko is an extremely talented puppeteer and filmmaker. As an artist, performer and puppeteer, Irina has kindled all manner of imaginings into being. Also, she has a wonderful personality. More about Irina read in our interview JBN: Irina, please tell us how it all began ... How did you get interested in the theater. How did you understand that you are interested in working with puppets? Irina Boiko: I never thought that I would become a puppeteer. The first puppet show for an adult audience I saw in Athens many years ago, when I graduated from film school and already worked on television. This was a rarity for Greece, where the puppet theater was then perceived as exclusively art for children. But a puppeteer who graduated from the Sharleville school in France arrived (and this is a very good school of puppeteers), with a focus on performances for adults. The performance fascinated me. The actress was alone on stage, surrounded by puppets, objects that "came to life" in her hands and managed to awaken my feelings that I had never experienced on stage with actors in a living plan. The next day I became a pupil of a puppet workshop. The transformation of inanimate objects into symbols, to which every staring play attaches importance, the unity in the scenic space of man and puppets have a deep magical effect on me. I'm talking about performances of the puppet theater for adults. JBN: Recently I have seen on your page a wonderful photo which you named week routine of puppeteer. Tell us please how actually looks your everyday life Irina Boiko: My days are different but always intense, because in addition to the main puppet theater, which I have in Athens, every two weeks I fly to the island of Milos, where I work as a director of a local theater troupe. The remaining time is divided between shooting and work in the studio, making puppets. During the season we have, in addition to performances on weekends and trips on tour, on weekdays performances for kindergartens and schools, and in summer performances are field trips and preparation of new ones. Now I, enjoying my spare time, work from 10 am to 10 pm in the workshop. JBN: Do you remember the first puppet made by your own hands? Irina Boiko: Yes, it was a glove puppet, which I later remade and added strings to it and since then she plays in my New Year performance for many years. JBN: You are from Ukraine, but you live and work in Greece ... Tell us about your theater in Athens, how came the idea to create it. How many people work with you. How many performances have already been staged? Irina Boiko: In Greece there is no state puppet theater, there is not even a specialty "puppeteer" in the institute. Everybody learns from the masters in the workshops. I studied for a total of 7 years in three different workshops, and now I'm still learning. They learn how to make puppets and stage plays. At some point everyone is looking for their own way, doing a play and looking for a playground, going to foreign festivals. There is no concept of "repertoire theater", as we do. Each theater in the season give one or two performances. Puppet theaters are or solo or family, or two, maximum three people. My first puppet show I did 15 years ago, it was played by one actress, I put light and music. The performance was designed for children from 2.5 years and this was the first performance in Greece for kids that age. It was a huge success and we still play it. Over time, we have expanded, and now we have 7 people. We have 9 performances for children in the repertoire, 3 performances for adults and a room in the historical center of Athens, under the Acropolis, where we are located for 8 years already. JBN: How do you create and select a repertoire? Irina Boiko: Images of future performances find me themselves. I stage classical fairy tales and write myself for the children's repertoire. The play for adults is born when there is a topic that touches me, I think about it for a long time, I read about it and as a result a performance appears on the basis of the literary material. JBN: What is your favorite production? Irina Boiko: It's difficult for me to answer. I love each one in my own way. JBN: On what are you working now? Irina Boiko: I'm preparing the premiere of Gogol's "The Overcoat". JBN: Irina, you are also a film director. I know you have many prestigious awards. Please tell us about movies you made. Irina Boiko: After graduating from film school in Athens, I made two documentaries "Crabs" and "Are there lions in Greece?" And released them in 2003. These films I filmed without a budget, "Crabs" in general without a film crew, myself, on the camera that my friend lent me, and the "Lions" filmed with the operator and some scenes with the sound engineer. "Lions" received the first prize at the festival in Thessaloniki, and "Crabs" won a contest for the representation of Greece at the Biennale in Venice, it gave me the opportunity to go to Venice and to the film school in Rome. After that, I received grants from the Greek Cinematography Center and shot short feature films, but as a result I went back to where I started: documentaries. I shoot myself, tell the story just how I see it. For me, it is important to "approach" a person, a character, "close" - with the crew this is impossible. JBN: What particular do you like in the theater, and what in the cinema? Irina Boiko: In the theater - a symbol, understatement, in the cinema realism. J BN: Is there a play that you dream to stage, but so far, it's only in the plans? Irina Boiko: Yes, I want to put all the Greek tragedies with puppets. JBN: What inspires you? Irina Boiko: Life in all its manifestations, people who realize their dreams, people whose possibilities are very much limited in comparison with the standard but aspiring to break out of the framework. J B N : A r e you a workaholic? Irina Boiko: Yes, I am. JBN: Please write your wishes to our readers ... Irina Boiko: I wish everyone to live full and full of life and joy in every new day
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The World on a String:An Interview with Master Puppeteer Irina Boiko
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Irina Boiko is an extremely talented puppeteer and filmmaker. As an artist, performer and puppeteer, Irina has kindled all manner of imaginings into being. Also, she has a wonderful personality. More about Irina read in our interview JBN: Irina, please tell us how it all began ... How did you get interested in the theater. How did you u n d e r s t a n d that you are interested in w o r k i n g w i t h puppets? I r i n a Boiko: I n e v e r thought that I would become a puppeteer. The first puppet show for an adult audience I saw in Athens many years ago, when I graduated from film school and already worked on television. This was a rarity for Greece, where the puppet theater was then perceived as exclusively art for children. But a puppeteer who graduated from the Sharleville school in France arrived (and this is a very good school of puppeteers), with a focus on performances for adults. The performance fascinated me. The actress was alone on stage, surrounded by puppets, objects that "came to life" in her hands and managed to awaken my feelings that I had never experienced on stage with actors in a living plan. The next day I became a pupil of a puppet workshop. The transformation of inanimate objects into symbols, to which every staring play attaches importance, the unity in the scenic space of man and puppets have a deep magical effect on me. I'm talking about performances of the puppet theater for adults. JBN: Recently I have seen on your page a wonderful photo which you named week routine of puppeteer. Tell us please how actually looks your everyday life Irina Boiko: My days are different but always intense, because in addition to the main puppet theater, which I have in Athens, every two weeks I fly to the island of Milos, where I work as a director of a local theater troupe. The remaining time is divided between shooting and work in the studio, making puppets. During the season we have, in addition to performances on weekends and trips on tour, on weekdays performances for kindergartens and schools, and in summer performances are field trips and preparation of new ones. Now I, enjoying my spare time, work from 10 am to 10 pm in the workshop. JBN: Do you remember the first puppet made by your own hands? Irina Boiko: Yes, it was a glove puppet, which I later remade and added strings to it and since then she plays in my New Year performance for many years. JBN: You are f r o m Ukraine, but you live and work in Greece ... Tell us about your theater in Athens, how came the idea to create it. How many people work with you. How many performances have already been staged? Irina Boiko: In Greece there is no state puppet theater, there is not even a specialty "puppeteer" in the institute. Everybody learns from the masters in the workshops. I studied for a total of 7 years in three different workshops, and now I'm still learning. They learn how to make puppets and stage plays. At some point everyone is looking for their own way, doing a play and looking for a playground, going to foreign festivals. There is no concept of "repertoire theater", as we do. Each theater in the season give one or two performances. Puppet theaters are or solo or family, or two, maximum three people. My first puppet show I did 15 years ago, it was played by one actress, I put light and music. The performance was designed for children from 2.5 years and this was the first performance in Greece for kids that age. It was a huge success and we still play it. Over time, we have expanded, and now we have 7 people. We have 9 performances for children in the repertoire, 3 performances for adults and a room in the historical center of Athens, under the Acropolis, where we are located for 8 years already. JBN: How do you create and select a repertoire? Irina Boiko: Images of future performances find me themselves. I stage classical fairy tales and write myself for the children's repertoire. The play for adults is born when there is a topic that touches me, I think about it for a long time, I read about it and as a result a performance appears on the basis of the literary material. JBN: What is your favorite production? Irina Boiko: It's difficult for me to answer. I love each one in my own way. JBN: On what are you working now? Irina Boiko: I'm preparing the premiere of Gogol's "The Overcoat". JBN: Irina, you are also a film director. I know you have many prestigious awards. Please tell us about movies you made. Irina Boiko: After graduating from film school in Athens, I made two documentaries "Crabs" and "Are there lions in Greece?" And released them in 2003. These films I filmed without a budget, "Crabs" in general without a film crew, myself, on the camera that my friend lent me, and the "Lions" filmed with the operator and some scenes with the sound engineer. "Lions" received the first prize at the festival in Thessaloniki, and "Crabs" won a contest for the representation of Greece at the Biennale in Venice, it gave me the opportunity to go to Venice and to the film school in Rome. After that, I received grants from the Greek Cinematography Center and shot short feature films, but as a result I went back to where I started: documentaries. I shoot myself, tell the story just how I see it. For me, it is important to "approach" a person, a character, "close" - with the crew this is impossible. JBN: What particular do you like in the theater, and what in the cinema? Irina Boiko: In the theater - a symbol, understatement, in the cinema realism. J BN: Is there a play that you dream to stage, but so far, it's only in the plans? Irina Boiko: Yes, I want to put all the Greek tragedies with puppets. JBN: What inspires you? Irina Boiko: Life in all its manifestations, people who realize their dreams, people whose possibilities are very much limited in comparison with the standard but aspiring to break out of the framework. JBN: Are you a workaholic? Irina Boiko: Yes, I am. JBN: Please write your wishes to our readers ... Irina Boiko: I wish everyone to live full and full of life and joy in every new day
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The World on a String:An Interview with Master Puppeteer Irina Boiko