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Some thoughts after Chengdu

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I’ve now participated in four big UNIMA assemblies: the Tolosa 2006 and Dordrecht 2010 Councils, and the Perth 2008 and Chengdu 2012 Congresses.  This time, as I experienced it, the atmosphere was tinged with the exceptionally strong efforts made by the organisers to perform as hosts. Which is to say that, for me, the hosting itself took a very performative role (in all senses). On several occasions during the week I felt I was having … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, Front page

Pictures of Noriko Nishimoto with “Madam Award”

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“Madam Award” (puppet made by Damiet van Dalsum) arrived safely from Dordrecht to Fremantle, into the hands of award winner Noriko Nishimoto. She receives the award from the Unima Women’s Commission, given in Chengdu, at the 21th Unima Congress. Puppetring already published one previous note and the new of the delivery of the prize. Here are now some more pictures, received from the Unima Women’s Commission. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, Front page, Veteran Puppeteers

The Closing Ceremony of the Chengdu Festival

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We cannnot end our Chengdu chronicles without talking about the Closing Ceremony. The reason is simple: if the Opening Ceremony stood out for its astonishingly spectacular nature, the closing one was more intimate, touching and artistically refined. The fact that it was celebrated in a theatre, the Southwest Theatre, doubtless explains why it was more contained, but it was in the idea itself for the show in which the brilliance of the artists and great … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, Front page

Sogo bò masquerade and puppet theatre

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The Museu da Marioneta of Lisbon is full of peculiar collections. Starting with global marionettes as water puppets from Vietnam or shadow figures from China and Turkey, the visitor is guided into Lusitan’s tradition —from its European roots through old puppeteers until late 20th century renovation and a bit of animated cinema. Also visitor can see some witnesses of Brazilian mamulengos. (You can read this article in Spanish by Toni Rumbau about the Museu da … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, Front page, History and traditions

Breaking news: Jan Klaassen is back in town

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After years of absence Jan Klaassen finally returns to the heart of the Dutch capital. This ‘national heritage’ of Amsterdam’s puppet culture can again be seen on Dam Square – where it belongs as an integral part of the city – in front of the Palace and the New Church. There is much support for this nearly 120 year-old tradition. On Sunday and Wednesday afternoons in the spring and summer of 2012, several versions of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Front page, History and traditions

The Shan Puppet Theatre – Taiwan

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It’s always very pleasant to see a young puppeteer connected with tradition and able to combine freshness with virtuosity. This is what I saw in the show of Wu-shan Huang, seen at the Festival of Chengdu. I spoke about it in a previous article on the Opening Ceremony of the Festival. But to be found two wonderful videos about his work, I have been encouraged to present them in Puppetring. Shan Puppet Theatre was founded by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, Front page, History and traditions, Videos

Two brand new puppetry courses and a National Puppetry Summit in Melbourne, Australia

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A new seven-week introductory evening course will begin next month in Melbourne. This puppetry workshop, lead by Jim Henson trained master-puppeteer, Gary Friedman, is suitable for film-makers, professionals, performers, puppeteers, educators and others interested in learning about puppetry for the screen. More further info, click here. Dates: Thursday evenings 19 July to 30 August from 7 – 10pm. Venue: Malvern Uniting Centre, 54 Serrel St, Malvern East, Vic 3145. Cost: $799- (materials included) Early Bird fee … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courses, News, Training and development

Puppetry News – Gary Friedman’s online magazine

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I had the opportunity in Chengdu to meet Gary Friedman, a veteran South African puppeteer who lives in Australia, editor of the well-known Puppetry News. Gary performed at the Chengdu Festival with his show “World of Paper.” Interested as we both are in cooperating, he did an interview with me (which you can see here) with his video camera, and we talked at length about puppets, China, the Festival … Gary Friedman – UNIMA Award for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, Festivals, News

Cuba and Tolosa to host the next UNIMA meetings

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We announced a few days ago that, in the voting that took place in Chengdu, Tolosa was the city chosen to host the UNIMA Congress in 2016. However, it was not known until the last day which was the city chosen to hold the Council Meeting, – an event which UNIMA celebrates two years after each Congress -, in 2014. Sofia in Bulgaria, and Matanzas in Cuba were the candidate cities. The option chosen, by … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editorial, Festivals

Julieta Agustí has died in a traffic accident

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Tragic news shocked the puppetry world yesterday: the death in a traffic accident of Julieta Agustí, director of the Lleida Puppet Centre and of the Lleida Puppet Fair. Scarcely a month after this year’s edition of the Lleida Puppet Fair, this terrible accident has struck her family and the projects that Julieta developed with such care and effort for most of her life, together with her husband, the puppeteer, writer and designer Joan Andreu Vallvé. … Read entire article »

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