Who was that talking to you?
Was it someone inside the bicycle?
Or was it the bicycle itself?
Should you approach it?
Wait … – are you being watched?
Is this a show?
Where is the performer?
And should you play along?
In this interactive installation, puppeteer and director Ariel Doron explores what puppetry can look like in times of pandemic. Through the use of various inanimate objects and a communication with the audience that does not require an acting performer, the boundary between performer, audience and performance becomes blurred. Doron confronts passers-by with having to deal with their own actions, and in passing also raises questions about power, responsibility and trust.
Ariel Dorons studied film at Tel Aviv University, puppetry at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem and other institutions, and has taken part in numerous puppetry courses and master classes in Israel and France. Born in Israel, he animates puppets for numerous television and cinema productions and plays the popular character ‘Elmo’ on Israel’s Sesame Street. He is a lecturer and speaker at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, the UQAM Université de Québec à Montréal and the Central School of Speech & Drama, London, among others. His productions have won numerous awards and are regularly invited to international festivals and theatres in Europe, Asia and North America. In 2017, Doron was already a guest at the asphalt Festival with Plastic Heroes, in 2020 with Boxed.