Introduction to the Tribe

Image: Michaela Meadow, 2017

The Eivissa Ancients Tribe is our evolving set of giant, ‘cabezudo‘ style puppets, rooted in the mythology, folklore and ancient history of Ibiza. Exquisitely sculpted and hand-crafted out of recycled cardboard, and embellished with natural, locally-sourced and reclaimed materials, the giant figures each measure approximately two metres in height and cast an unearthly, spell-binding effect with their presence, transmitting the mystery, magic and power of their homeland – the red, raw earth and wild, pine-filled landscapes of Eivissa. 

Our giant puppets evoke the ancient spirit of Ibiza, communicating through the non-verbal realm of the the symbolic and the metaphoric. We create visual storytelling experiences through the combination of walkabout theatre, folk dance choreography and ritual, enabling our puppet tribe to convey their message to people of all nationalities, ages and backgrounds.

The Eivissa Ancients have performed in international puppetry festivals, film festivals, diverse music events and traditional Balearic folklore celebrations. Fixtures include the Festival Barruguets in Santa Eularia, Ibiza (2018), Teresetes International Puppetry Festival in Palma Mallorca (2021), Ibiza’s Fiestas de San  Joan (2017), the Ibiza Cine Fest (2018 & 2019), and the Moda Adlib catwalk show (in collaboration with the fashion label World Family Ibiza) in 2018. We have also been commissioned by Absolut Vodka to create an immersive theatre experience for their ‘Midsommar‘ event in 2018.

For further information and images of these projects, please select the Performances sub-menu. To learn more about each of our puppet characters and the mythologies behind them, select from the individual puppet name sub-menus: Tanit, Demeter, the Podencos, and the Goats of Es Vedrà.