Month: May 2012

International Museum Day at TOPIC

As every year since 1977, May 18th is International Museum Day. To celebrate that, International Puppet Centre in Tolosa – TOPIC is today an open house that will continue, from 21.00, with the “white night”. The museum will be open until one o’clock AM, and in the evening musical performances will be playing in different parts of its premises. But that is not all: in addition to visit the museum during the day or have a drink at night and a walk in a relaxed atmosphere through one of the most significant puppet collections in Europe, a photo contest...

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Astonishing small (experimental) format in Lisbon

At FIMFA Lx – Festival Internacional de Marionetas e Formas Animadas de Lisboa, Portugal, small format shows are performed in such appropriate places involving A Tarumba’s neighbours. This is how directors Luis Vieira and Rute Ribeiro make a network in their local area as an alternative choice for weekdays during the Festival. For two days, we could see a selection of four short shows (25 minutes maximum) in places for 15-20 people. After that, a beautiful experimental performance in an art gallery. Joaquim René is the author of Diva’s Haiku, the shortest and smallest play in the Festival. He...

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From Cuba to China

Allow me to refer in this op-ed space to two specific places that present to us worlds and perspectives that are far apart and very different from each another: Cuba and China. I have just come back, in fact, from a long journey to the Caribbean island, long ago in Spanish hands, where I attended the Tenth International Puppet Workshop in Matanzas, and then spent a few days in Havana. And as happens to any Spaniard (and Catalan, furthermore) who goes to Cuba, I was overwhelmed by an avalanche of feelings in which history, city, culture, landscape and people...

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