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Hiroshi Sugimoto Exhibition – Presenting ‘Henry VIII and his Six Wives’

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Seven large portraits are currently on show at Sudely Castle, Winchcombe, in England. For Puppetring magazine, concerned with puppeteers and with techniques that give life to the inanimate, the exhibition offers an intriguing sideways glance at another art, through the work of conceptual photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and his own surprising ‘animation’. The black and white photographs are part of a series entitled “Portraits” commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum for an exhibition in 1999; they have … Read entire article »

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Botan Doro, a Ghost Story, new version by Puk Theatre,Tokyo

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Puppet Theatre Puk, from Tokyo, presented a new puppet version of famous “Botan Doro – a Ghost Story” , a show for grown-ups audience directed by Sachiko Inoue. Written by Sanyutei Encho (1839-1900), with script adapted by Sachiko Inoue (basic-script by T.Kawajari) and Puppet Design by Yumiko Wakabayashi, Botan Doro has been presented at Kinokuniya-Hall, in Tokyo, 23rd-26th August. Botan Doro is a japaneese ghost story both romantic and horrific. It envolves sex with the dead … Read entire article »

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“They say puppets have soul, but this is not true” Interview with Martin Růžička

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Martin Růžička is a carver and marionette builder from Prague, Czech Republic. The accurate work and the quality of crafted wooden puppets made in Prague are well known worldwide, as well as Růžička’s pieces. Martin has not learned his job from tradition, thus this could be the reason of his very personal work. He likes to provoke, to play the role of a post-punk artisan and use a smart sense of humor. He is a … Read entire article »

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Theater Trittbrettl: 30 years renewing Kasperl

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Heini Brossmann and his Theater Trittbrettl performed at La Strada Festival, in Graz, Austria, a very personal version of traditional Kasperl puppet shows (see this article about the Festival). This year is the 30th anniversary of this company, in coincidence with the 15 years of La Strada, so its Artistic Director, Werner Schrempf, asked Brossmann to do something new. The result is ‘Das Kroko Dicke Dil’, co-produced by La Strada. In this show, Kasperl faces … Read entire article »

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The Harry V. Tozer marionettes

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On July 19, 2012, the team of the Revolt of the Puppets moved to Institute del Teatre de Barcelona for a second “exhumation” of puppets who sleep in the MAE warehouses (Museum of the Performing Arts). If the first time was to get out of their boxes puppets from the Anglès Family (with their current representatives), the second was to return to the daylight some of the marionettes of the great English puppeteer Harry V.Tozer, … Read entire article »

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Chinese Puppetmasters

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Thanks to Gary Friedman, we can see a video of the Chinese master Chen Xi Huang, 82 years old, in a recent interview at TED in Shanghai. In the video we see the extraordinary mastery of Chen Xi Huang, who preserves the beauty of traditional hand puppet theater, with exquisite manipulation of the puppets. As we read in the information given by TED, Chen Xi-Huang was born in 1931, the oldest son of Taiwan’s legendary puppeteer, … Read entire article »

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Overwhelming attendance at the exhibition of Etcétera in Granada

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Opened in June 2012 at Granada’s Parque de las Ciencias, the exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Spanish puppet company, Etcétera, from Granada is receiving good attendance by the public (see article published in June in Titeresante about the event). This indicates the correctness of the chosen location, the Parque de las Ciencias (transl. Science Park) of Granada in Andalusia, where the large dinosaur skeletons from “Dreaming the Carnival of the Animals”, one … Read entire article »

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The Iida Puppet Festival in Japan, against Nuclear Power

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An entire city becomes host and stage of the biggest puppet festival in Japan. What began in 1979 with a few troupes and a few shows has today grown into a huge event that spreads across 4 days, 400 shows, and an attendance of 40,000. Tamiko Onagi, President of Unima Japan, has reported that this year the festival sold 12,000 tickets for free attendance to the shows (for amateur puppeteers and other stakeholders). This year, Festival … Read entire article »

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La Strada, Graz: installation art, contemporary theatre and puppetry

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Festival La Strada in Graz, Austria, turned 15 years this edition. This Internacional Festival of Street Art and Puppet Theatre has evolved in many directions. Whereas open air performances went into contemporary urban interventions, puppetry is more concentrated in traditional and local forms. Even being open to newer expressions —Neville Tranter’s Stuffet Puppet Theatre or mask theatre company Familie Flöz have been several times in La Strada— artistic director Werner Shrempf has changed the focus … Read entire article »

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Shadows: workshop in Lisbon with Fabrizio Montecchi

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From 22 to 26 October 2012 will take place in Lisbon a workshop by the renowned italian shadowplayer Fabrizio Montecchi from Teatro Gioco Vita company, within the Funicular Project that for years organized the CAMa (Centre de Artes da Marioneta) and A Tarumba company, organizer of the Lisbon Festival FIMFA. The workshop is a collaboration with the Teatro Nacional D.Maria II, and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon. To learn more about … Read entire article »

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