Ariel Doron (Israel)
Object theater. Recommended for adult audiences.
Thursday, May 25, 8:30 p.m., Artificerie Almagià
by and with Ariel Doron
artistic advice Shahar Marom
assistant directors Rotem Elroy, David Lockard
video Anael Resnick and Ariel Doron
objects People of China
"The war is about to begin, now is the time to become heroes. But the soldiers are plastic toy soldiers, the battlefield is a table, and "home" is just a distant image on a screen. In a battle without enemies or goals, the line between reality and imagination blurs: is it really happening, or is it just a game?"
Plastic Heroes is made entirely of "ready-made" objects, children's toys, mainly those related to the imagery of soldiers, weapons and war, and uses ipads, Iphones and videos. Desire, violence, sex, hatred and fear are put on display on the bare surface of a table and the toys come to life, in a distorted world where the innocence of children's play meets the bloody reality of adult war.
Ariel Doron is an animator, director and performer. He usually uses few words and a lot of joy in his work, often in order to address burning social and political issues. Each project is made with the most suitable figures and performance disciplines, with the attempt to expand more and more the thematic of the medium that hosts them, and with the desire to invite viewers to hear listen, reflect, react. His shows, such as Boxes, Pinhas and Plastic Heroes, have been invited to festivals and reviews in more than 35 countries around the world, have won several awards for best animation, best performance and audience awards, and are constantly touring. The shows she has directed for other theaters, such as Besuchszeit Vorbei and Alarm in Streichelzoo, explore theater for early childhood and teen audiences as an active social experiment and have been chosen from more than 100 German shows for the prestigious Berlin biennial of theater for the younger generation Augenblickmal, as well as for festivals and seasons. Currently residing in Germany, Ariel has collaborated with institutions such as Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, Theater Junge Generation in Dresden, Schauburg Theater in Munich, Staatsschauspiel in Dresden, FITZ! Figurentheater Zentrum in Stuttgart, Hanut 31 Gallery-Theater in Tel Aviv and others. Ariel conducts several workshops and master classes for theater institutions and universities, both online and in-person, and has been invited to lead courses at institutions such as the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, UQAM Universite de Quebec in Montreal, and the Central School of Speech & Drama in London. In addition to his theatrical work, Ariel also animates and gives voca to characters in dozens of television and film productions, such as Sesame Street Israel, where he animates the beloved "Elmo." Ariel holds a B.A. degree in Cine Studies (B.A.) from Tel Aviv University, studied figure theater at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem and an Train Theatre Greenhouse Project, Puppetry School in Tel Aviv, and participated in numerous master classes at the Institute International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres.
"War is about to begin, now is the time to become heroes. But the soldiers are plastic, the battlefield a table and home is just a distant image on a screen. In a combat with no clear enemy or goal, the border between reality and fantasy blurs: is this really happening, or is it all just a game?" Plastic Heroes is made entirely of "Ready Made" children's toys, mainly those of soldiers, weapons and war, and incorporates use of ipads, iphones and videos. desire, violence, sex, hate and fear are put on the table as the so called 'naive' toys are brought to life, and the innocence of child's play encounters the bleeding reality of adult war.
Ariel Doron is a puppeteer, director and performer. In his work, he uses very little text and a lot of playfulness in order to deal with hard social and political subjects. He does this with a mix of puppetry and performance techniques from different disciplines according to each project, with the hope to inspire viewers to feel, think and react. His shows have been invited to countless festivals and theatres in countries such as Germany, Denmark, France, Russia, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Estonia, Israel, Finland, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Austria, Lithuania and many more. Currently living in Germany, Ariel creates, performs, teaches, directs and collaborates with theatres and institutions such as Theater Junge Generation Dresden, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Schauburg Theater München, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, FITZ!, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HMDK) Stuttgart , Hanut 31 Gallery-Theater Tel Aviv and so on. Ariel also animated puppets for dozens of Television & Cinema productions, such as Sesame Street Israel, where he manipulates and gives the voice to the beloved character "Elmo". He graduated Cinema studies (B.A) in Tel Aviv University, studied puppetry classes in the School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem and took masterclasses and workshops in the Institute International de la Marionnette, Charleville-Mezieres and Train Theater, Jerusalem.