Emin Senyer


Emin Senyer

Mastercraftsman, Shadow Puppeteer 


Emin Senyer was born in 1961 in Samsun city. He learned the Karagoz art from Hayali Metin Ozlen who was selected by Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture as the best Karagoz artist in 1974, and he also was pronounced as Karagoz artist by his master in the shadow play which was done in TRT televisions.

He performed Karagoz art almost all around the Turkey and gave courses and seminars in universities and high schools. He performed Karagoz art in television and feature films and television advertisements. The representations were purchased by Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Cologne), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin), Rua Da Marionetta (Lisboa), Tartu Toy Museum (Estonia) museums.

He prepared Mozart’s “Die entführung aus dem Serail” as a shadow play in Germany upon the invitation of Opernhaus opera group, then these figures was displayed in the “Die Türken Kommen” exhibition which opened in Mittelrhein – Museum Koblenz between the 25 November 2006 – 18 February 2007.

He opened Karagoz figuration exhibition on May 1998 as part of Istanbul City Theatre youth days, performed Karagoz plays in Berlin Turkish Day’s Festival in 2004, Switzerland’s 23 April International Children’s Festival in 2006, in Multifestijn which was arranged in Netherland’s Utrecht city on June 2007 and in Rotterdam city on May 2008, and he attended the Shadow Plays Festival in the name of Turkey in 2005 in Patras (Greece), he also performed Karagoz plays as part of Turkish Theatre week in Switzerland’s Goteborg city on November 2009, in ZKM (Karlsruhe – Germany)which is the most important media museum of Europe, Walldorf Turkish Day’s Festival, Stuttgart 23 April Internationales Kinderfest and Ludwigshafen Theater Im Pfalzbau in 2008.

He was invited to Kinderkinderfest in Hamburg on November and he performed Karagoz plays in “Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe” He made the puppets of shadow play name of Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde which was prepared as part of doctoral thesis in Kent University in 2004.

He also made both the puppets and the consultancy of the play which name is Storia di una gabbianella e del gatto che le insegnò a volare (Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly) by Luis Sepulveda from Chili that was prepared with the Turkish shadow play technical by Riverrun Tearro (Italy) in 2009.

He made Karagoz figure making workshop in Istanbul Day’s which was arranged by Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Cologne) as a part of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture in 2010. He attended to Patthalung World Musiq & Shadow Festival which was made in Thailand’s Patthalung city between 10 – 13 February 2011 and to 6th Annual Rhythm of The Earth Festival which was made in Bangkok the capital city of Thailand between 16 – 20 February 2011.

He joined to “Theatre Summer School” as a lecturer at the Kultur University in Istanbul which is organized by International Theatre Institute and UNESCO. Summer School Trainer Profiles – Pdf – Schedule of activities – Pdf He has been still continued to his plays about Karagoz.

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