Director/puppeteer born in Breslau, Germany in 1931, died July 15, 2002 in Sutton, Quebec.
Mr. Mirbt is most noted for his collaborations with director Jean Herbiet and their adaptations of the theatrical classics with large puppets. Two important works were adaptations of Büchner's Woyzeck (1974) and Strindberg's A Dream Play (1977), both of which toured nationally.
The presentation of both involved visible "readers" who spoke the voices for the characters while clearly visible puppeteers ("manipulators") moved puppets representing the characters. The effect was haunting and added a layer of meaning to the works; one suggesting the inevitability of destiny; of control being in the hands of others.
(Additional information by Barbara Mirbt, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last updated 2009-04-24