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A small Odyssey by Compagnie Philippe Genty

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The Compagnie Philippe Genty needs no introduction. So its presence at the Festival Off d’Avignon was a delight, even a surprise considering the size of its production. The actors-manipulators Yoanelle Stratman, Hernan Bonet and Antoine Malfettes performed a small format piece based on Homer’s Odyssey: a Ulysses corkscrew leads his bombon and chocolate men to Ithaca, sailing a boat made with a broom and a dustpan. The play is a delicious entertainment —not banal. ‘La Pelle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, Front page, Performances

In an absolut disorder – Russia seen by its artists

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The unusual and revealing Kandinsky Prize exhibition “In an absolute disorder”, commissioned by Andrei Erofeev and Jean-Hubert Martin, is currently on show in Barcelona (until 28 September). The exhibition fills the three floors of the Arts Santa Monica Centre, housed in the building at the end of Ramblas, and it’s one of the most shocking that people have been seen in this dynamic and cosmopolitan arts centre. Shocking because it reveals the extremely critical view … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, Front page

Challenges

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I don’t think that we puppeteers are conscious of the responsibility that has fallen to us. This is not a responsibility that comes from any outside obligation or as the result of a comission by others, but rather because of the very nature of our profession, – a profession, incidentally, that can be considered as one of the oldest in the world. The responsiblitity is this: to treat the subjects of duality, of psychological projection, … Read entire article »

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The Bil Baird Marionettes and Cora

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We invite you to see this old recording of The Bil Baird Marionettes and Cora, who has released Gary Friedman through his magazine Puppetry News. See also the written report on the same issue Gary published on its website. Bil Baird was primarily known for his puppets, appearing with them on television shows with Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar and Sid Caesar and in his own 1950 series, ‘‘Life with Snarky Parker,” together with his wife … Read entire article »

Filed under: History and traditions, News, Puppeteers

Nidal Khatib, a palestinian puppeteer

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Nidal Khatib started his journey in a prison cell. Back in 1982, Khatib was put in an Israeli jail for six months for distributing posters during Land Day. There he met his fellow detainees, who became part of the “theatre” they all created. They turned the cell into a stage and used the tools available to them as props. This was the starting point for Khatib that led him to become an exquisite puppeteer. Khatib was … Read entire article »

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Punch & Judy celebrate in Jerusalem

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Puppetring is happy to pronounce the birth of Pinchas & Ruti, the Israeli cousins of Punch and Judy. As a graduate from the Hamama course, Ariel Doron started looking for the Israeli Punch and his partner. The Punch he created is called Pinchas and his partner, Ruti; they are pioneers who founded the country and a local camel helps them. Since Israel has no tradition in puppet theaters, the puppets need to be created from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Festivals, History and traditions, News

International arts exchange in Avignon

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The Festival d’Avignon, France, is well known as one of the biggest theatre events in the world —thanks also to the Off program, where 1,200 shows are performed during three weeks, a big number of them daily. This is the place Institut Ramon Llull chose for promoting Catalan and Balearic performing arts. Now eight different companies with different scenic formats will be there until July 29th as a part of contemporary artistic richness in Catalonia … Read entire article »

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Haida Gwaii, Canada, protest puppets

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2012 is a year of protests worldwide, and against the closed minds of most of the politicians and big corporations direction staffs, arts and creativity are alternatives themselves. Then puppets have much to say —as they have always done. A group of artists from Haida Gwaii (or Queen Alberta Islands, in British Columbia, Canada), Jaalen Edenshaw, Jason Alsop, and Gwaii Edenshaw have recently made a stop-motion film directed by Ken Leslie that can be seen … Read entire article »

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Ljubljana in Barcelona

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Antic Teatre is the place where four new creations from the Slovenian scene have landed, supported by Institut Ramon Llull and City Council’s Institut de Cultura. Under the name cav_a, Antic Teatre promotes its internationalization plan, through which Catalan companies El Conde de Torrefiel, Societat Doctor Alonso and artists Guillem Mount Palol and Jorge Dutor performed at the Glej Theatre in Ljubljana, the oldest independent theater in Slovenia, last December. In return, from June 25th … Read entire article »

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