Paul Zaloom Antalya Workshop

Paul Zaloom Antalya Workshop
Paul Zaloom Antalya Workshop

Paul Zaloom, American object theater artist, visited Antalya for a workshop after two performances and workshops in Izmir within the frame of İzmir International Puppet Days Festival.

After the completion of the two performances in Izmir, Paul Zaloom and his team went to Antalya for a 3-hour long workshop with 17 theater and fine arts students with the support of U.S. Embassy Ankara’s Cultural Affairs Department. The workshop was on object theater techniques and Zaloom encouraged attending students to improvise on stage with the objects students brought in. After each improvisation, Zaloom provided feedback to each student. Zaloom reminded to the students that he is not a puppeteer in traditional sense; he is an object theater performer and social satirist. By means of regular objects that we all use in our daily lives, Zaloom coveys his socially charged messages to the audience through these items. Zaloom also added that he might need to design his own objects in order to make his act more interesting and creative. Sometimes, he added, there are simple technicalities that he needs to address and overcome in order for him to take the stage with that object.

This was Paul Zaloom’s first visit to Turkey and prior to his arrival, he told us that he studied Turkish history and politics. He said that he embedded what he recently learned from his readings to his shows in Izmir. A Los Angeles native, Zaloom’s first encounter with the Turkish culture left a positive impression on him and great memories as take away from his trip to Izmir and Antalya.

Paul Zaloom, American object theater artist
Paul Zaloom, American object theater artist

Paul Zaloom, American object theater artist, visited Antalya for a workshop after two performances and workshops in Izmir within the frame of İzmir International Puppet Days Festival.

After the completion of the two performances in Izmir, Paul Zaloom and his team went to Antalya for a 3-hour long workshop with 17 theater and fine arts students with the support of U.S. Embassy Ankara’s Cultural Affairs Department. The workshop was on object theater techniques and Zaloom encouraged attending students to improvise on stage with the objects students brought in. After each improvisation, Zaloom provided feedback to each student.
Zaloom reminded to the students that he is not a puppeteer in traditional sense; he is an object theater performer and social satirist. By means of regular objects that we all use in our daily lives, Zaloom coveys his socially charged messages to the audience through these items. Zaloom also added that he might need to design his own objects in order to make his act more interesting and creative. Sometimes, he added, there are simple technicalities that he needs to address and overcome in order for him to take the stage with that object.
This was Paul Zaloom’s first visit to Turkey and prior to his arrival, he told us that he studied Turkish history and politics. He said that he embedded what he recently learned from his readings to his shows in Izmir. A Los Angeles native, Zaloom’s first encounter with the Turkish culture left a positive impression on him and great memories as take away from his trip to Izmir and Antalya.

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