Theatre of the Animated Form


  • Halina Waszkiel Warsaw Theater Academy (Warsaw/Poland)



The article includes some reflections on terms “animant” and “animated
form”. The “animant” denotes any object, material or immaterial (e.g. a shadow), which is submitted by an artist to the process of animation. It can be useful in our contemporary discussions. The term “animated form” is used very often, but not precise. It has become dangerously capacious. It is coming to denote all the actor’s onstage actions. Essentially, in order for the “animation” to occur, it must refer to something that in itself is not alive, and thus – regardless of the convention of its application – it certainly does not refer to human beings. An actor on the stage is unquestionably a living creature, so he/she is not an “animated from”. If puppet theatre wants to march in the artistic avant-garde instead of dragging behind with the epigones, it must focus on the issue which constitutes its core and its greatest merit: on the art of animation and on the phenomenon of the animant.The most important message that the theatre of the animated form conveys to the spectators concerns the issue of the boundary between the living and the dead, the animate and inanimate – and if animated, then why, how and wherefore. The miracle of animation is a cure to our anthropocentrism and egotism. On condition, of course, that we are able to lend a piece of our own life to a created object, a thing which in itself has no life: to a puppet.


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Biografia do Autor

Halina Waszkiel, Warsaw Theater Academy (Warsaw/Poland)

Doutora, historiadora, crítica, professora na Academia de Teatro de Varsóvia. Já atuou na Universidade de Varsóvia, no Museu Nacional e no Museu do Teatro de Varsóvia. Especializou-se em teatro polonês e de bonecos do século XIX e dramaturgia. Publicou a monografia A dramaturgia do teatro polonês de marionetes, Os anos difíceis. Teatro de Varsóvia 1815-1868 e muitos artigos sobre teatro de bonecos e atores.




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WASZKIEL, H. Theatre of the Animated Form. Móin-Móin - Revista de Estudos sobre Teatro de Formas Animadas, Florianópolis, v. 2, n. 21, p. 222-235, 2019. DOI: 10.5965/2595034702212019222. Disponível em: Acesso em: 6 jun. 2023.