This particular staging and design of Balladyna (I think based in Krakow), a polish romantic tragedy that concerns the evolution of criminality and thirst for power, has always resonated with me. In terms of Polish culture, looking at these raggedy creatures, casts my mind straight back to Auschwitz with it's blatant melancholy and void of emotion, beauty, or humanity. Made with coatings of Burlap, the puppets emphasise its dry and choking materialistic qualities.
What is particularly interesting to note is within the staging of this dark tragedy, the puppeteers are not hidden and are in fact fellow cast members, as integral to the story as the puppets. It shatters the illusion of the animated object, and in this blatancy, the puppets resemble empty and pathetic vessels infused with a kind of treachery from the norms of the media, and an off-putting intelectuality through the words of the theatrical display.