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Bell - Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre, Prop, 1978 Object Reg. No: SH 911455

This bell was purchased in Melbourne in 1978 by Dimitri Katsoulis and he used it in his subsequent performances in Victoria and in South Australia from 1978 to 1991. Dimitri Katsoulis migrated to Australia in 1974 to escape a regime that repressed Greek artists. He had trained in Greece with theatre and film companies as an actor and technician. A master of the traditional Greek shadow puppet theatre, his performances explored contemporary issues such as the isolation of migrant women and children. Unable to obtain funding and support, he returned to Greece in 1991, leaving his entire collection to the people of Victoria. It includes 32 shadow puppets and around 170 props, set backdrops and technical tools and stage equipment. Dimitri has since returned to Melbourne and assists the Museum to continue to document this rich art form within both local and international contexts.

This is the bell which the puppeteer rings to signify to the audience to be seated in the theatre as the puppet show is about to begin. The puppeteer rings it three (3) times. The first ring is for everyone to take their seats. The second ring is for silence in the theatre and the third time to signal the house lights to be switched off in the theatre and the stage lights to be switched on for the performance to begin.

Information supplied by Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre master Dimitri Katsoulis, 2007.
A silver handbell with black wooden handle. A groove runs around the circumference, about 1 cm above the base. The remnant of a price sticker and some adhesive remain on the side.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Width), 8.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural maintenance, greek communities, greek immigration, karaghiozis theatre, shadow puppetry, theatres, working life
Themes this item is part of: Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre - Dimitri Katsoulis, Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre - Lighting Technology, Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre - History, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: puppetry
Inscriptions: Printed on remains of paper price tag, on side of bell, "S"
Date Purchased: Mr Dimitri Katsoulis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1978
Place & Date Used: Mr Dimitri Katsoulis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1978-1991
References: http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/#; Malkin, Michael, R. Traditional and Folk Puppets of the World, A.S. Barnes & Co., Inc., N.J., 1977; Simmen, Rene, The World of Puppets, Elsevier, Phaidon, London, 1975; Hogarth, Ann & Bussell, Jan, Fanfare for Puppets!, David & Charles Publishers Ltd, USA, 1985; Yayannos, A & Ar and Dingli, J. The World of Karaghiozis, 1976

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