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. 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
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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   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