Month: July 2012

A small Odyssey by Compagnie Philippe Genty

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 du Large’ is the new title of the famous travel from Troy to Ithaca, the adventures and the encounters with the cyclop Polyfem...

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In an absolut disorder – Russia seen by its artists

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 of a group of Russian artists about the current reality of their country. An exhibition that merits Titeresante`s attention because of its careful ‘plastic...

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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, and of our two-fold, or multi-fold, nature[1]. These are old themes in fact, which the reality of today’s world has charged with meaning and...

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The Bil Baird Marionettes and Cora

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 Cora. We also include the famous marionette puppet sequence for the song “The Lonely Goatherd” (in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, 1965,...

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Nidal Khatib, a palestinian puppeteer

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 fascinated mostly by the idea of “changing roles.” Through the stage, he found a medium for self-expression. Upon his release from prison, Khatib...

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