3 June 2022: We have just finished a giant puppet-making workshop and performance at the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland.
The one-week workshop was run by German-based artists Stefanie Oberhoff and Snuff Puppets.
A team of volunteers from France, Pakistan, Poland, Ukraine & the United States created the work, designing, building and puppeteering new giant puppets.
The show featured live music from a French violinist, Livia Castello Nicolai, and the Korali choir from Ukraine.
The legend that inspired the workshop:
Women turn into birds, their tears into daisies. In the face of war, they choose metamorphosis. Collective grief transforms their appearance. The streets are filled with songs of crying birds and flower children.
According to Ukrainian legend, after losing her beloved to the war, a young girl, transformed by grief, turned into a cuckoo, and continued to fly around, crying for her husband. From the tears of a Ukrainian mother who lost her three sons to the war, small white flowers – daisies- grew underneath the melting snow.
Monday 27 June – Friday 1 July 2022
14:00 – 18:00
ul. Św. Sebastiana 32, Kazimierz, Kraków
Saturday 2 July
Starting at: ul. Św. Sebastiana 32, Kazimierz
Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Curatorial Collective for Public Art, Stefanie Oberhoff, Snuff Puppets. Volunteers; Karina Basiura, Zofia Wydra, Muhammad Meer Hasnain, Chiara Scibilia, Chiara Diavini,Katarzyna Zborowska, Sofia Alves, Livia Castello Nicolai, Chaya Holch. Coordinator; Monika Krawczyk. Ukraine Korali Choir
Festival Curators : Curatorial Collective for Public Art (Berlin): Yael Sherill, Lianne Mol, Julia Kawka; HaMiffal (Jerozolima): Meydad Eliyahu; FKŻ (Kraków): Paweł Kowalewski
This project is co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the Goethe Institute Krakow. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.