Born in Argentina to a Polish mother and Russian father, both 1920s émigrés, Diego Stirman grew up in a maelstrom of Yiddish, Italian and Spanish, amidst flying crockery and military putsches which came and went like the passing seasons.
With his multi-cultural heritage, Diego Stirman is an authentic heir to the 19th century charlatans, by turns clown, magician and puppeteer. A rickety combination of humour, performing flair, emotion and derision…an experience worthy of the Music Hall.
Diego Stirman cultivates a wilful ambiguity regarding the nature of his art: is he a puppeteer, a magician, a fantasist or a poet? As a citizen of the world, he doesn’t approach the stage as a platform or museum plinth. For him the stage is the ineffable frontier, free of all border patrols, between dreams and reality. A no man’s land filled with flowers.
A master of controlled chaos, he has a broad command of all the circus arts.