Circumcision, or: The Wounded's Delight
Shadow puppet theater with Karagöz master Emin Şenyer and ensemble from Istanbul
The mischievous Karagöz ("black eye") is a mixture of Punch and "Simplicissimus," who encounters some dicey situations together with Hacivat, a reputable and educated citizen. The Sünnet shadow theater – in which Karagöz is circumcised as an adult in Prince costume – is part of the traditional circumcision ceremony. The tambourine, poems, word games and puzzles, folk stories and miniatures are all part of the shadow theater performance, drawing a satirical society portrait of the Ottoman Empire.
Emin Şenyer is one of the few remaining active masters of Karagöz shadow theater, which UNESCO included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.
Supported by the Yunus Emre Institute.
One of the accompanying events for the Snip it! Stances on Ritual Circumcision exhibition.
8 February 2015, 5 pm