Month: August 2012

Chinese Puppetmasters

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, Li Tien-lu. Chen learned the art of puppetry by observing his father from the age of 13, but his father did not reveal...

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Overwhelming attendance at the exhibition of Etcétera in Granada

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 of the works by Etcétera, share space and setting with the huge figures of “El Retablo de Maese Pedro”, an opera by Manuel de...

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The Iida Puppet Festival in Japan, against Nuclear Power

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 participants have expressed clearly against Nuclear Power. A rock n’roll show created by a group of puppeteers from different companies, including the Puk...

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

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 of the program from a more strictly puppetry festival into a mixture of languages. ‘Les Ravouilleurs’, by Jo Bithume. This is year is the...

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Shadows: workshop in Lisbon with Fabrizio Montecchi

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 the workshop, visit the website of de A Tarumba of A Tarumba or download the pdf file with information about it. Image of...

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