Month: June 2012

The Shan Puppet Theatre – Taiwan

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 Wu-shan Huang in 2002. When he was only ten, Huang has become a pupil of Puppet Master Tien-lu Lee until now. And because...

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

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 of $749- (Only valid to 24 June). Enquiries & bookings click here. A One-day Introduction to the ‘Art of Puppetry’ and award winning...

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Puppetry News – Gary Friedman’s online magazine

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 ‘Best Creativity’ at the closing ceremony in Chengdu, China 3 June 2012. Fhoto Gary Friedman. This time I had no video camera with...

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Cuba and Tolosa to host the next UNIMA meetings

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 the new Executive Committee, was Matanzas, Cuba. Ivan Raykov during the presentation of the candidacy of Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo Jim Tobia These decisions, of...

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Julieta Agustí has died in a traffic accident

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. From Puppetring we wish to express our deep sorrow and greatest respects to all the family for their immeasurable loss. Julieta Agustí and Joan-Andreu...

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