Month: April 2012

Noriko Nishimoto: UNIMA Women’s Commission Award

We are happy to announce that master puppeteer Noriko Nishimoto wins one of the highest international awards in the world of puppetry. The UNIMA Women’s Commission will acknowledge Noriko’s outstanding international Contribution to Puppetry at the 21st UNIMA World Congress and Puppet Festival in Chengdu, China in May 2012. Noriko was involved with Australian Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for 19 years, beginning in 1981 when she was invited from Japan as guest artist in the company’s first show, Faust for the 1981 Festival of Perth. She was Artistic Director from 1997 to 2001. During her time as Artistic Director...

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Spring Festivals and Festivities

It is well known that spring gets into the blood. The same thing happens in the world of puppets, sensitive as they are to those changes of temperature which bring calendars to a halt and provoke a need for celebration in humans. In Catholic countries, it is now Holy Week, in which the black colour of death and the purple of the penitents declare the season’s change and the coming of the moment when nature will once again shine in all its splendor. In Spain, in Andalusia and the Valencian coastal region, paganism ensures the survival of these ancient...

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The Big Grin – a national celebration of Mr. Punch’s 350th Birthday

With this headline, the grand celebration of Mr. Punch’s anniversary has been announced. It will take place on Saturday 12th May in London’s Covent Garden Piazza, right where Samuel Pepys said he saw the character back in 1662. This is the first written record of Punch, as one can read on the commemorative plaque that was set up in 1962. The event looks promisingly bright, colourful and festive. There will be Professors from all over the world, including puppeteers from Japan who will be performing their Punch and Judy Show. And, as is by now traditional, Pulcinella from Naples...

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Punch’s 350th Anniversary coming soon, and War Horse still a hit in London

Very soon, in the merry month of May, one of the events that puppeteers all around the world are most looking forward to will take place: Mr. Punch’s 350th anniversary. Preparations for a party are underway, and the celebrations will, furthermore, host the highest concentration of Professors ever known. Although there are other characters equally long-lived as our London friend, few have survived with such tenacity and incredible energy as Punch, who has ever more adepts not only in England and the UK, but also in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and even Holland, (Neville Tranter recently created...

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