Couple of months ago, I was talking to a very good friend of mine about my fascination about the puppet theater. She told me that she could imagine me making
great puppets and tried to encourage me in that direction. I found the idea great too, but how and where could I start? You know, going to a puppet artist and tell them that you would love to
make the puppets for their next project, without having previous experience and examples to show, is not very easy. Our conversation ended and I didn’t do anything about that after that
Three weeks later I got an email from a puppet theater located in Berlin. Kathrin, who has been making all her puppets for her theater projects until then, decided to find a doll maker for her new piece, so that she could concentrate more on the story telling and the acting. She was searching in internet as she bumped at my dolls, and she fell in love with them. As she saw that I also live in Berlin, she didn’t wait any minute more and contacted me. The universe heard my heart wish and send me the answer, and it was “yes”.
From then on everything went very fast. We met two days after. We had very much in common: We were born on the same year, and we are both 1,64 meters tall. 😊 Besides we were spending most of our times in the same places, sharing same interests etc.
She showed me her stage and script, and I showed her my dolls. In her story Gretel was the older sister and Hansel was the younger brother. Except that, she
gifted me with her complete trust and let me my freedom to create the siblings. It fit perfect to my new trials on doll movements but still it was new for me to make dolls which can be moved by
an artist. I had to make many additions to my dolls and learned new techniques of puppetry.
It was such a joy to make these dolls and so impressing to see them in Kathrin’s talented hands for the first time. They were so alive! In Kathrin’s words: “Your dolls are breathing! And to be alive, you only need to breath. There is no need to talk, walk, nothing. Just breath!” It was so touching to hear her words and see Hansel and Gretel on the stage. I tell you honestly, I had tears in my eyes 😊
Different to the original fairy tale, Kathrin’s Hansel and Gretel will be a beautiful story about Christmas. Such a touching story with lots of fun, for
children as well as adults. She will be rehearsing the next months and the premiere will be on 25th of November at "Mutter Fourage" in Berlin.
I will be there and be very excited to meet any of you, who could come and see them on the stage!