Month: May 2012

Writings on Dramaturgy and Puppet Theatre (Part 1)

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, of Jaraguá do Sul, Brasil, to its directors Gilmar A. Moretti and Valmor Nini Beltrame, as well as to Mauricio Kartun himself, for permission...

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

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, with whom he got a worldwide success with the show ‘Mori el Merma’ (1978), in collaboration with the painter Joan Miró. And not a...

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

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 decided in Chengdu (China) between the 27th of May and the 3rd of June, at the celebration of a meeting of puppeteers from all...

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‘Shadows of Love’

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 West, between man and shadow, the ways of the road and the heart, what was separated long ago must come together again”. From...

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Museu da Marioneta de Lisboa’s special program

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 held again in the afternoon. Enigmas is an activity that allows children and parents to discover the exhibit by trying to unravel the mysteries...

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