In the workshop we will explore our immediate environment and what we have in it – our home (or wherever our computer/phone is located) ourselves, the objects we have with and around us – and the virtual space we are in all together.

We will try to turn the limitations and restrictions we have into an inspiring playground, and experiment with the different possibilities of ‘live’ shows through video-chat, and what we can do with our bodies and the objects around us in our homes.

We will go from the assumption that everything around us has the potential to be interesting, poetic, funny, tragic, personal or political, and play around through the eyes of a kid, alone and in groups (virtually).

Please bring yourselves, some daily objects and objects/puppets/materials you would like to play with and explore during the workshop.


Ariel is a puppeteer, director and performer. In his work, he uses very little text and a lot of playfulness in order to deal with hard social and political subjects. Each project is created with a puppetry or performance discipline that best suits, with the hope to always expand and question in the media in which it’s created in, and with a desire to inspire viewers to feel, think and react.

Currently living in Germany, Ariel has collaborated with institutions such as Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Theater Junge Generation Dresden, Schauburg Theater München, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, FITZ! Figurentheater Zentrum Stuttgart, Hanut 31 Gallery-Theater Tel Aviv and more. He also teaches and is invited to give lectures and masterclasses in institutions such as Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, UQAM Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Central School of Speech & Drama, London and more.

At this year’s festival Ariel is also presenting Unboxed.


The workshop programme at MANIPULATE 2021 will be delivered entirely online, allowing you to develop artistic practice and connect with fellow creatives from your own home. Please note that you must have access to the internet and a laptop, tablet or similar device in order to attend this event.

Other workshops at MANIPULATE Festival: