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Author(s): Mirsada Suljić
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Факултет за Драмски Уметности - Скопје
Keywords: Karagö;, shadow theater; Turkish shadow theater; puppet; moving characters; puppet theater;

Summary/Abstract: Exploring the Shadow Theater – Karagöz is an interesting and unusual scientific journey where we come across many and varied definitions of the term Karagöz. An attempt was made, on the basis of the available relevant reference books for the paper, to decipher the origin, history, and interesting, (un)written script, as well as the specific language of Karagöz. Special emphasis was placed on the characters, puppet making, costume design, stage set, and music (song) in Karagöz. For centuries, Karagöz has been widespread in Central Asia, North Africa and the Balkans. In Bosnia, it existed for some time after the World War I; Hasib Ramić in Sarajevo is mentioned as its last representative. Karagöz represents the “little man”, and as such, it travels through time, leaving deep and distinct marks. In Turkey, its cradle, Karagöz acquired its authentic form and meaning. When it comes to Karagöz, it is impossible to have the final say. Karagöz is a lasting essence, the essence of the primordial, in the “ritual”, and, in that sense, the thread of Karagöz in the future is inevitable and truly indispensable.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 180-195
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English