19 nov

Karagiozis and the Marionette Maker

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When visiting the flea market of Thissio in Athens we got impressed impressed by the plays of Yannis Liagkos, a puppeteer who creates and sells handmade marionettes for traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre.
Take a minute to discover a great shadow puppet character of Greek folklore! His name is Karagiozis, and he comes from Turkish shadow plays. Karagiozis is a poor hunchbacked Greek, his right hand is always depicted as being too long, his clothes are ragged and patched, and his feet are always bare. He lives in a poor cottage with his wife Aglaia and their three sons, during the time of the Ottoman empire. Because of his poverty, Karagiozis finds mischievous and crude ways to make money and feed his family. By performing in streets, markets, hospitals, schools, clubs and camps all over Athens, Yannis Liagkos is loved by young and old for his funny small shadow theater plays. He loves to pass on this piece of Greek tradition folklore to the younger generation, the theatre of shadows, the shadows of us all! In Yannis’s shows, children are always active participants, who help him in setting up the narrative with their questions and with their voices.

Starring, Yannis Liagkos. Music by Karagiozis. Produced and directed by Anneke Verschave.

To order Karagiozis figures mail to or call +30 697 3683639.


19 nov


In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When our Director Anneke Verschave visited Athens she run into a very old and legendary character, originating from Turkey! His name is Karagiozis… His age, more then 200 years old! He will tell us a story in a Greek shadow-puppet theatre show!

Watch this video here!

19 apr

Documentary: 4 Days of Optimism

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave

(CC) – English subtitles – subtítulos en Español – Nederlandse ondertiteling!

At the start of Holy Week we are proud to present you our brand new documentary ‘4 Days of Optimism’.

A short written by Anneke Verschave. Shot and edited by Emmanouel Armoutakis. Narration by Sofia Galanaki. Music by Giorgos Xylouris – Oi Kampanes tou Agiou Mina.


In Crete, as in the rest of Greece, Easter is a big thing… and so are the preparations for it. Thanks to Ioannis Siatitsas, professor at the University of Heraclion, we had the opportunity to film the people in Loutraki, a village situated under the Vigla pike (κορυφή Βίγλα) of the Koudouni mountain (όρος Κουδούνι), about 20 km from the city.  And with Siatitsas help also the Panagia Ierousalem Monastery opened its doors for us. The monastery’s first records dates from 1654.  It is devoted to the Holy Jerusalem. We took part in the ceremonies on Good Friday, (Paraskevi). On Easter Saturday we visited the Epanosyfis Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries on Crete. Situated about 32 kilometers from the city of Heraclion and 2 km far from Metaxochori village. The monastery is dedicated to ‘Agios Georgios’. On Sunday we took part in a very special game…  Nikolis Avramakis, one of Heraclion’s best actors, showed us how to play it… the winner will be lucky for the rest of the year!


We feel like telling you a story, its more than just a story, cause in this we keep the faith.

We want to make you see that story, from our mediterranean sun-kissed heart. We welcome you to our island, the Island of Crete.

When I was young my mother told me, “Come and make the eggs!” It’s something we feel to do… otherwise we just feel sad… The eggs are born to give us life but we want to colour them red, like this we start to cry for all the blood he shed…

As friday comes we need as well to prepare the church… We take the flowers we could find in nature and we prepare her very well.

I don’t know how to explain, but itís like some part of me, like a person just has passed away being part of my family.

That day the sky is always full of rain so we keep sad and cry all day. And mountains turn to black and pain, so we keep sad and cry all day.

No more music there to make us happy, we are just sad and cry all day. The next day is a total different “cry”, a cry to be so white and happy.

 So happy underneath my skin, like my soul just starts to fly… unlocked from its bones.

When the priest gives us the light, its like I keep the God right into my hands.

And because we don’t like people to betray us, we must burn Judas from our lands.

When I see the lamb like that, I donít feel bad… You know we used to steal the lamb from Turkish lords?

And itís not so bad to see the head, cause we know we must eat it just like this!

My grandfather…he told me a story. For nobody to find out the stolen smell… he used to bury and bake it under the ground,

And like that he survived well!

Anyone in this entire world will recognise in its own way, but this is a story we trust in, even until today.


With special thanks to Stella Liandraki, Christina Liandraki, Ioannis Siatitsas, Nikolis Avramakis, Popi Mavraki, Giorgos Mavrakis, Ioannis Manioros, Dimitris Manioros, Maria Gargeraki, Ioannis Varsamas, Ioanna Kontaxaki, Maria Kontaxaki, Eva Armpatzaki, and Korina Avramaki.


29 mrt

Heraklion TEI Theatre Group presents Peter Weiss’s “Marat/Sade”

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave
The essence of the play is the stark contrast between the intellectual position of the protagonists, the infamous Marquis de Sade and the ideological leader of the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat.
Weiss’s work is an interpretation of the events leading up to the assassination of Marat, but which is seen by Sade as a theatrical production, staged by himself and other inmates of Sarandon’s mental asylum.
The drama highlights the contrast between our sense of “us” and the “ego”, and explores the real meaning and basis of every revolution.
“It is for you to find a way, my friends,
To help good men arrive at happy ends.
You write the happy ending to the play!
There must, there must, there’s got to be a way!”
– Bertolt Brecht, The Good Person of Szechwan.
The curtain rises on Saturday March 29, with further performances on March 30 and 31, and on April 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the Marcos Karanastasis auditorium, in Heraclion, Crete. Free admission. Performances start at 21:00.
Directed by Peter Mavromatidis and Nikolis Avromakis. Teaser filmed and edited by Emmanouel Armoutakis.
05 mrt

Gregor Kartai

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave / 03/05/2014

For our next video project we like to present you our newest character… During the sixties he used to own the famous ‘Gypsy Basement’ in the city of Antwerp!

His name is Gregor Kartai. His age, 87. He will play the violin.

This video is coming soon! We keep you posted!!!

27 feb

Edely Pitioz

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave / 02/27/2014

For a long time we are dreaming about filming some gypsy musicians…  Today we are happy to introduce you to our newest character for our newest video project coming up!

His name is Edely. His age: 69. He will play the piano.



28 sep


In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave / 09/28/2013

At Café De Tramstatie the local people told us you can drink the best Stella of Flanders… His name is Gummarus. His age was off the record. He plays Mayor.