Coppelia Theatre
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Handicraft art

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The passion for craftsmanship and complex mechanisms is at the base of our artistic research. Our intent is to make real the ancient meaning of técnhethe union of art and science.


All of our stage machines are unique artistic products, handmade; they are built on the basis of original projects. In our shows we use different techniques: string puppets, wrist puppets, bunraku puppets, human-arm puppet, biorobotic prostheses, giant masks, etc. in an endless research on the potential of the object. The possibilities offered by technology blend with the ancestral charm of ancient construction techniques.

String puppets

The string puppet is a full-body figure moved from above by strings. Unlike the string puppet, the glove puppet is that figure that appears on stage with half body and it is moved from below, by the hand of the puppeteer who wears it like a glove.

Wrist puppets

A Siberian technique invented by the robotic engineer Wladirm Zakharov in the early 90'. They are mechanical prostheses directly positioned on the hand of the manipulator. They represent the link between robotics and theatre.

Human-arm puppets

The actor and the puppet become one organism. The manipulator holds with one hand the head of the puppet, while his body – or parts of it – become the body of the puppet. The actor and the puppet merge into one organism.

Giant Masks

Giant masks made of different materials that transform the actor’s body into a living puppet.

Construction Materials

The materials used for the construction of the stage machines are the most varied: wood, aluminium, harmonic steel, iron, foam rubber, felted wool, organic material such as feathers of birds or bones of animals. Each performance is an opportunity for a technical exploration from which to create theatrical works that are living, changing organisms.

Wrist puppets

Human-arm puppet

Giant Masks