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'Mark your forehead with clay, show your allegiance to the Moon and to all concealed things...'
πŸŒ™
Official photo from @midsommarfestofficial, 8th August at @covasantaibiza. Immersive storytelling experience in the cave by Theatre of the Ancients.
#maskperformance #pagansofinstagram #ritualtheatre #elrowxabsolut #midsommar #covasantaibiza #theatreoftheancients #eivissa #ibiza
The alpha male, colonialist dragon of National Trust gardens and the grubby, wild and watery woman dragon... Work in progress.
@oxfordstoryfest #artistsketchbook #dragon #puppetdesign #dragonpuppet #penandink #lindworm #oxfordstorytellingfestival
Building a dragon's head deep in the English countryside... New breakthroughs with chicken wire. No wifi: exhausting unplayed @witchwavepod episodes including the moving story of @louisiannapurchase: drag witch and sacred clown of Austin, Texas. And all of this in the surroundings of a quaint stately home in Oxfordshire... #dragon #dragonpuppet #cardboardsculpture #cardboardartist #puppeteerslife #oxfordstorytellingfestival #oxford
Was it a dream...?
There, beneath the earth's mantle, in the realm of the Goat Kings?
πŸ—Ώ
Official photo from @midsommarfestofficial, 8th August at @covasantaibiza. Immersive storytelling experience in the cave by Theatre of the Ancients. .
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#theatreoftheancients #midsommar #elrowxabsolut #eivissaancientstribe #goatsofinstagram #storytelling #puppetry #immersivetheatre #covasantaibiza #pagansofinstagram #eivissa #ibiza
New horizons... I'm in lush, green England, designing a female water dragon for the @oxfordstoryfest. The lesser known, lesser understood, wilder and more watery of the dragon kingdom... .
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#dragonpuppet #waterdragon #waterserpents #lindworm #mythicalcreature #wildfeminine #oxfordstorytellingfestival #sketchbookart #penandink #storytellingfestival #waterperry #oxford
SEPARATION:
(Of the puppeteer from the puppet)

I have to do it, now I see that clearly. From the start, I've always been the puppeteer. I couldn't imagine it any other way. I created these creatures: I must be with them, be inside them.
On Wednesday night, we separated. I broke away. 
I had thought that there are too many voices on this island, egos speaking too loudly, mirrors reflecting too brightly... I thought I'd go against that and create beings that didn't speak.
I thought without words they would speak for themselves...
And they do.
But the other voices are louder.
So on Wednesday I made the separation.
The puppets cannot speak: they need the storyteller. 
That storyteller is
Me.
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#eivissaancientstribe #puppetry #puppet #puppeteer #storyteller  #shrutibox #immersivetheatre #covasantaibiza  #visualstorytelling #elrowxabsolut @midsommarfestofficial #eivissa #ibiza
SEPARATION: (Of the puppeteer from the puppet) I have to do it, now I see that clearly. From the start, I've always been the puppeteer. I couldn't imagine it any other way. I created these creatures: I must be with them, be inside them. On Wednesday night, we separated. I broke away. I had thought that there are too many voices on this island, egos speaking too loudly, mirrors reflecting too brightly... I thought I'd go against that and create beings that didn't speak. I thought without words they would speak for themselves... And they do. But the other voices are louder. So on Wednesday I made the separation. The puppets cannot speak: they need the storyteller. That storyteller is Me. . . . . . #eivissaancientstribe  #puppetry  #puppet  #puppeteer  #storyteller  #shrutibox  #immersivetheatre  #covasantaibiza  #visualstorytelling  #elrowxabsolut  @midsommarfestofficial #eivissa  #ibiza 
Last night...
We discovered that we feel rather at home in a cave. It was pretty wonderful. 
We also discovered that even if a clubber walks in with a glass in one hand and a bottle in the other,
And with an attitude,
They will be wrapped around your finger by the end...
Because everyone needs story, and everybody, deep down, longs to be taken on a journey and not quite know where they'll end up... We loved doing this very much. 
In the caves, the puppets found their purpose.
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@soharvest @piperpuppetprojects @simonderaeck @riccardo_on_it @shiatsusol @ferapawoodhandcraft @absolutvodka @midsommarfestofficial #elrowxabsolut #theatreoftheancients #eivissaancientstribe #sacredcave #covasantaibiza #puppetry #hag #maskperformance #immersivetheatre #ritualtheatre #ibizaperformance #midsommar #eivissa #ibiza
Last night... We discovered that we feel rather at home in a cave. It was pretty wonderful. We also discovered that even if a clubber walks in with a glass in one hand and a bottle in the other, And with an attitude, They will be wrapped around your finger by the end... Because everyone needs story, and everybody, deep down, longs to be taken on a journey and not quite know where they'll end up... We loved doing this very much. In the caves, the puppets found their purpose. πŸŒ™. . . . . @soharvest @piperpuppetprojects @simonderaeck @riccardo_on_it @shiatsusol @ferapawoodhandcraft @absolutvodka @midsommarfestofficial #elrowxabsolut  #theatreoftheancients  #eivissaancientstribe  #sacredcave  #covasantaibiza  #puppetry  #hag  #maskperformance  #immersivetheatre  #ritualtheatre  #ibizaperformance  #midsommar  #eivissa  #ibiza 
"A Tale of Light and Dark"

The Hag of mid-winter is unexpectedly coming out of hiding this sweaty month of August on Ibiza. Just as I prepare to head to England to immerse myself in an amazing mythic community at the @oxfordstoryfest, this island has given me a truly exciting opportunity to dive into the realm of myth and story, and pull members of the public in with me...
Theatre of the Ancients has been invited to take over the cave grotto at @covasantaibiza on Wednesday night to create an immersive storytelling experience for Midsommar, an ambitious new clubbing experience created by Ibiza party giants @elrowofficial in collaboration with @absolutvodka.
@midsommarfestofficial aims to recreate the Swedish pagan solstice festival and will be installing a maypole in the venue as well as hosting a huge banqueting feast, things I'm pretty sure don't normally happen at clubbing events. 
We have been invited to create an immersive cave experience that delves into the deeper meaning of the pagan mid-summer celebrations... and for us, that meaning is simple: You can only cherish the light when you have known the darkness... Summer does not exist without winter, joy and extrovertism need to be balanced with introspection. 
On Ibiza, White Island, island of joy and hedonism, these are the ideas we are always trying to spread through doing what we do, so we are bloody excited to have this chance to take over clubland, and tell our story...
Typical, the moment you're about to leave the island to go and work on a storytelling festival, the island decides it wants a piece of the storytelling cake too...
See you in the cave between about 10pm and 2am. πŸ‘Ή
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#eivissaancientstribe #theatreoftheancients #midsommarfest #elrowxabsolut #storytellersibiza #whiteisland #pagansofinstagram #immersivetheatre #covasantaibiza #witchesofinstagram #eivissa #ibiza
"A Tale of Light and Dark" The Hag of mid-winter is unexpectedly coming out of hiding this sweaty month of August on Ibiza. Just as I prepare to head to England to immerse myself in an amazing mythic community at the @oxfordstoryfest, this island has given me a truly exciting opportunity to dive into the realm of myth and story, and pull members of the public in with me... Theatre of the Ancients has been invited to take over the cave grotto at @covasantaibiza on Wednesday night to create an immersive storytelling experience for Midsommar, an ambitious new clubbing experience created by Ibiza party giants @elrowofficial in collaboration with @absolutvodka. @midsommarfestofficial aims to recreate the Swedish pagan solstice festival and will be installing a maypole in the venue as well as hosting a huge banqueting feast, things I'm pretty sure don't normally happen at clubbing events. We have been invited to create an immersive cave experience that delves into the deeper meaning of the pagan mid-summer celebrations... and for us, that meaning is simple: You can only cherish the light when you have known the darkness... Summer does not exist without winter, joy and extrovertism need to be balanced with introspection. On Ibiza, White Island, island of joy and hedonism, these are the ideas we are always trying to spread through doing what we do, so we are bloody excited to have this chance to take over clubland, and tell our story... Typical, the moment you're about to leave the island to go and work on a storytelling festival, the island decides it wants a piece of the storytelling cake too... See you in the cave between about 10pm and 2am. πŸ‘Ή . . . . . #eivissaancientstribe  #theatreoftheancients  #midsommarfest  #elrowxabsolut  #storytellersibiza  #whiteisland  #pagansofinstagram  #immersivetheatre  #covasantaibiza  #witchesofinstagram  #eivissa  #ibiza 
The Eivissa Ancients Tribe have their very own page in this month's edition of @iumagibiza from @ushuaiaibiza... Don't worry, in case you think we're hitting the mainstream we're featured in the 'Something Out of the Ordinary' section in the back pages, amongst some interviews with local Ibiza eccentrics and hippies... Thank you, we're quite happy to stay in that category for the foreseeable future.
πŸ‘ΉπŸ—ΏπŸ‘ΉπŸ—ΏπŸ‘Ή
#eivissaancientstribe #theatreoftheancients #giantpuppets #cabezudos  #ibizamythology #ibizaculture #ibizafolklore #ibizamagic #ibizamagicisland #tanit #eivissa #ibiza
The Eivissa Ancients Tribe have their very own page in this month's edition of @iumagibiza from @ushuaiaibiza... Don't worry, in case you think we're hitting the mainstream we're featured in the 'Something Out of the Ordinary' section in the back pages, amongst some interviews with local Ibiza eccentrics and hippies... Thank you, we're quite happy to stay in that category for the foreseeable future. πŸ‘ΉπŸ—ΏπŸ‘ΉπŸ—ΏπŸ‘Ή #eivissaancientstribe  #theatreoftheancients  #giantpuppets  #cabezudos  #ibizamythology  #ibizaculture  #ibizafolklore  #ibizamagic  #ibizamagicisland  #tanit  #eivissa  #ibiza 
Rescued by a fellow puppeteer on deadline day... Thank you @clementinakurakura for helping to get me and a giant sun down to the ball in time... (Oh and even doing a bit of paintwork too)
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@storytellersibiza #storytellersibiza #giantpuppet #puppetry #sungod #cardboardart #ibizaart #eivissa #ibiza
In the West, the half-human half-animal gods await a Red Moon rising from the East... πŸ”₯
@soharvest 
@worldunplugged 
#eivissaancientstribe #puppetry #giantpuppet #antlered #cabezudo #redmoon #lunareclipse2018 #hostallatorreibiza #pagansofinstagram #ibizasunset #eivissa #ibiza
It's a strange thing, sweating beneath a giant cardboard dog head and heavy hessian costume in mid-July on Ibiza; a great opportunity to observe the human race in complete anonymity... A few of my favourite comments from last night were "Eurghhh, it smells!!" (whilst standing beside a podenco for a photo) and "Do you have a soul?" repeated several times whilst looking into podenco's eyes. We get used to this kind of thing... πŸ•πŸ•
@piperpuppetprojects 
@clockworkorangeclub #puppetry #cabezudos #giantpuppets #eivissaancientstribe #podenco #cardboardart #ibizaperformance #ibizaart  #ibizamythology #anubis #clockworkorangeibiza2018 #clockworkorangeibiza #benimussapark #eivissa #ibiza
It's a strange thing, sweating beneath a giant cardboard dog head and heavy hessian costume in mid-July on Ibiza; a great opportunity to observe the human race in complete anonymity... A few of my favourite comments from last night were "Eurghhh, it smells!!" (whilst standing beside a podenco for a photo) and "Do you have a soul?" repeated several times whilst looking into podenco's eyes. We get used to this kind of thing... πŸ•πŸ• @piperpuppetprojects @clockworkorangeclub #puppetry  #cabezudos  #giantpuppets  #eivissaancientstribe  #podenco  #cardboardart  #ibizaperformance  #ibizaart  #ibizamythology  #anubis  #clockworkorangeibiza2018  #clockworkorangeibiza  #benimussapark  #eivissa  #ibiza 
Mid-summer design for an Eivissencan theatre, to tell tales of Phoenician lands. πŸ—ΏπŸ—ΏπŸ—Ώ
#theatreoftheancients #ibizastories #ibizamythology #ibizafolklore #necropolis #phoenician #tanit #ibizaperformance #ibizaart #eivissa #ibiza
It's definitely turning out to be the year of the dragon... Designing a pair of dragon puppets inspired by British folklore and 'mummers' traditions for the @oxfordstoryfest this August... Thanks, dear dragons, for getting me off the island during the hottest month...
πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ή
#dragonpuppet #britishfolklore #folklorethursday #dragon #mumming #mummers #sumerisacumenin #puppetry #folkcostume #mummerscostumes #oxfordstoryfest #storytellingfestival #ibizaartist
It's definitely turning out to be the year of the dragon... Designing a pair of dragon puppets inspired by British folklore and 'mummers' traditions for the @oxfordstoryfest this August... Thanks, dear dragons, for getting me off the island during the hottest month... πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘ΊπŸ‘Ή #dragonpuppet  #britishfolklore  #folklorethursday  #dragon  #mumming  #mummers  #sumerisacumenin  #puppetry  #folkcostume  #mummerscostumes  #oxfordstoryfest  #storytellingfestival  #ibizaartist