Dirty Granny Tales at Kruna Marta 2012

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Lately I’ve come across some wonderful artists I’ve been honoured to watch and photograph during their performances at great underground festivals such as Dark Bombastic Evening and Kruna.

One of them is the Greek band Dirty Granny Tales, complex artists who combine music, theatre, animations, and puppet characters, in order to create some of the most mysterious, fascinating and challenging shows I – and many others – have ever seen presented on stage.

Their show Rejection, performed at Kruna Marta, Braşov, on March 31, was – in their own words – “inspired by the life of serial killer Ed Gein, which has been the stimulus for the creation of various murderous characters in the literature and the cinema, such as Norman Bates in Psycho, a Robert Bloch’s novel and, later on, film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, or Leatherface in the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Tobe Hooper. The story describes the relationship between a domineering mother and her son. A mother, who did not allow her child to feel love from anyone than herself. A child, whose only touch with the outside world, was through a small window. A child, for whom the game and the other children’s grin always remained inaccessible. His deprived childhood turned him into a repulsive creature and his rejection by people was inevitable. His need for social contact led him to a series of murders and, finally, to the execution. The story takes place in the world of the dead.”

The interpretation they give to the theme is daring and highly creative, a challenge for the public imagination and a great aesthetic pleasure for anyone in love with puppet shows and visual tales. I am honoured and proud for being there having the chance to take some photographs of their show.

Special thanks and compliments to each and every artist of the band. Here’s my humble tribute.

A series from their other show Jealous, performed last year at Dark Bombastic Evening 3, in Alba Iulia, you can see here. Once again, special thanks and all of my best to this unique band.