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San Sebastián-Tolosa elected for the next Congress of UNIMA 2016

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The XXI Congress of UNIMA held in the city of Chengdu in China, just choose the city where the next Congress will be held in 2016. It was a fierce dispute between two cities that offered the best of themselves. On the one hand, the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, located in the center of the Eurasian continent on the border between Europe and Asia. Considered the fourth largest city in Russia, it is an important … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, News

Writings on Dramaturgy and Puppet Theatre (Part 2)

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We warmly thank again the publishers of Brazilian magazine Móin-Móin and the author, Mauricio Kartun, the possibility of sharing and make diffusion of this article. In the first part (click here to read it), Kartun told us how the word becomes an object, how it starts to move and, as consequence, interact. Now we explore the territory of this object, the land of the puppet, which makes possible the creation of a unique meaning. In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Training and development

Happy Birthday, Mr. Punch!

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The Big Grin Birthday 2012 celebrated 350 years of Mr Punch in London, right where it all began. International performances and a parade of the largest ever gathering of ‘Professors’ took place at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 13 May. This evocative spot has been the geographical heart of Pulcinelia in Britain ever since 9th May 1662 when Samuel Pepys, the diarist, was strolling past and caught the performance of a new … Read entire article »

Filed under: Articles, Front page, History and traditions, Puppeteers

Impressive Opening Ceremony of the World Festival of Chengdu

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Time to talk today about the impressive opening ceremony which took place in the Park of the International Intangible Cultural Heritage, a huge leisure area in which the people of Chengdu often go on Sundays and on which stand several striking buildings for exhibitions, markets craft, stalls selling drinks, and where are displayed temporarily part of the pieces from the new Museum of Puppetry of the city, still under construction. And I call it “impressive” because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, Performances

The meeting in Chengdu has begun

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One of the world events that the puppeteers are set every four years, in addition to the festivals held regularly in almost every city in the world, the Charleville being the most renowned, is the UNIMA World Congress, which this year comes to his 21th edition. For the first time held in an Asian country , China took the lead proposing Chengdu, a city little known but of crucial importance, since it is the logistic, … Read entire article »

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Writings on Dramaturgy and Puppet Theatre (Part 1)

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We open the section on Training and Development with this article by Mauricio Kartun, which appeared in the magazine Móin-Móin. Mauricio Kartun is one of the principle points of reference of the “new dramaturgy” that has developed in Argentina over recent decades. Besides his work as author and director, he also teaches on the Advanced Course for Puppeteers (Curso Superior de Titiriteros) at the National University of General San Martín. Our thanks to the magazine Móin-Móin, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Front page, Training and development

Miquel Gallardo at the National Theatre in Lisbon, just ‘Puro Teatro’

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Luis Vieira and Rute Ribeiro, directors of Festival Internacional de Marionetas e Formas Animadas of Lisbon – FIMFA Lx, had reserved very special shows to close 2012 edition. ‘Diagnose: Hamlet’, by Miquel Gallardo, and ‘La música pintada’ (‘Painted music’), by Joan Baixas, were good representatives of the high quality of Catalan artists. Not a surprise, considering Baixas’ long career, started in the late 1960s along with Teresa Calafell under the name Teatre de La Claca, … Read entire article »

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Tolosa and San Sebastian are candidates for the organization of UNIMA World Congress in 2016

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San Sebastian has been designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2016 by the European Union. Among many other activities, the city wants Puppetry to have a significant presence in the program. This is the reason why the city is competing to host the World Congress of the International Puppetry Association (UNIMA) in 2016, together with Topic from Tolosa and UNIMA’s Spanish Federation. This Congress is organized every 4 years. The designation will be … Read entire article »

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‘Shadows of Love’

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This year’s Taiwan International Festival of the Arts opened with ‘Shadows of Love’, a unique three-way collaboration between the local Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, the Cengiz Ozek Shadow Theatre of Istanbul and the Beijing Shadow Puppet Theatre Company. The show mixes shadow puppets, actors, acrobats, music, film  and animation. The story starts with a shadow puppeteer in modern day Istanbul who finds a mysterious text written in Chinese which reads: “To the East and to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Front page, Performances

Museu da Marioneta de Lisboa’s special program

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On the occasion of International Museum Day, the Museu da Marioneta at the charming Convento das Bernardas, in Lisbon city center, will be open from today on to a variety of family activities. To raise awareness of its collections, ranging historical pieces of Portuguese traditional puppeteers, puppets from animated films or ritual origins of African masks, all the actions will extend throughout the weekend. The game Enigmas starts the program this morning and will be … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, News

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