Month: March 2012

“Divisions”: a puppet play on “Oedipus Rex”

On the 18th and 19th February, at Barcelona’s alternative theatre space Nau Ivanow local collective Tuvalú presented their latest piece Divisions, a sophisticated piece of puppet theatre based on the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. Somewhere on the outskirts of Thebes, a red-robed Oedipus paces a small section of desert, 0.5 x 0.5m2. Minutes before he’d escaped a polystyrene snowstorm, managing to lift himself above it by frantically cycling his legs. Now he seems trapped again. “I don’t know whether I’m running away or searching…” he tweets, on what appears to be a Russian version of Twitter, “…but the prediction presses...

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Ten years of Museum da Marioneta in Lisbon

It does not happen every day that a museum dedicated to the art of puppetry turns ten. To celebrate this, the director of the Museu da Marionetain Lisbon, Maria Jose Machado Santos, presented a beautiful book bringing together texts, especially witnesses and many images, that gives an idea of ​​the activity been carried out in this time, virtually covering all of the art of puppets. As the director says in her Introduction, the Museum grew from its initial collection of 410 puppets and masks to around 2,000 pieces today, not counting the altarpieces, tools and documents that constitute the...

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Le Grand Macabre, by György Ligeti

Article about the Grand Macabre, by György Ligeti, an opera with a libretto by Ligeti himself and the famous marionettist Michael Meschke, based on an original play by Michel de Ghelderode. Grand Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. The opera Le Grand Macabre, first performed in Stockholm in April 1978, was presented in a revised version in 1997 in a production by the Fura dels Baus, with stage direction by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, and musical direction by Michael Boder. The reason for an article in Puppetring about this full scale opera is none other than the wish to do...

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TOT Puppet Festival in Barcelona starts soon

The TOT Festival de Titelles i de Teatre d’Objectes, organised by Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village, Barcelona), will be held from 16th to 25th March. In the programme are a number of shows and related activities, such as an international course on “physical comedy” by Hilary Chaplain and various professional meetings. Furthermore, the festival coincides with World Puppet Day; Joan Baixas will read a text written especially for this day. will give more information about this event in the near future. Meanwhile, we consider it important to announce that companies will be featured from many countries —Poland (The Pole, by...

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Upcoming 21st UNIMA Congress in Chengdu, China

From 27th May to 3rd June 2012, the twenty-first UNIMA Congress will be held in the city of Chengdu, in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at the same time as a World Puppetry Festival. The International Union of Puppetry, UNIMA, founded in Prague in 1929, is a non-governmental organisation affiliated to Unesco, represented in virtually every country in the world. Its headquarters is currently in the French town of Charleville-Mézières. During the Congress, as well as the election of a new board, and other issues concerning the organization, there will be constant meetings between puppeteers from around the world, panel...

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