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Poster - Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre, Karaghiozis & Uncle Yiorgos, 1920s-1950s Document Reg. No: SH 940806

Alternative Name(s): bill poster

This is a copy of a poster used between the 1920s-1950s to advertise a performance in Athens of the centuries-old Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre (Karaghiozis) tradition. Dimitri Katsoulis brought posters from Greece in the early 1990s; the originals are held in a museum collection in Greece. 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. 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.

The Greek Shadow puppeteers had this type of advertising poster as part of their puppeteering kit when they were doing tours in various parts of Greece. It is a work of the puppeteer and artist S. Kouzarou. It is snapshot of Uncle Yiorgos chatting with Karaghiozis.

Information supplied by Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre master Dimitri Katsoulis, 2007.
Small poster in portrait format, featuring two animated Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre characters in brown colour tones: Karaghiozis and Uncle Yiorgos. They are in conversation. The poster has a blue border and across the top and at the bottom right hand corner there is text in Greek [see inscrioptions for translation].
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Coburg Campus, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 480 mm (Height), 335 mm (Width)

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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: Translation of text on poster:
Puppets by the Artist SPIROU KOUZOULOU
Artist: Mr S Kouzarou, Greece, 1920s-1950s
Past Owner: Mr Dimitri Katsoulis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, early 1990s
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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