Carole Guidicelli:


Between masks, actors and puppets or: how to give a shape to illusion in Shakespeare’s Tempest


To stage Shakespeare's Tempest, a play full of spirits and extraordinary creatures, puppetry can offer very stimulating, answers especially for stage directors who are curious to combine different types of characterization and figuration: actor, puppet, manipulator…

I will compare two productions of this play which make use of multiple acting levels (first production is from 2005, staged by: Dominique Pitoiset and second one from 2010, staged by: Jean-Michel d’Hoop).


Carole Guidicelli holds a PhD in Drama and Performance Studies from the University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. As a specialist of contemporary stage directing and drama, she has published in numerous journals or collective books on subjects so different as Shakespeare's reception in France, theatre and other arts (cinema, dance), puppetry, contemporary theatre and stage directors. She was in charge of study and development at the Institut international de la marionnette (Charleville-Mézières). She teaches History and theory of theatre at the L´Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM, Charleville-Mézières) and at the L´Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art Dramatique in Montpellier in Montpellier (France). She is also a collections editor for Nathan publishings (Paris).