Month: October 2012

The voyages of Karagöz across the world

The activity of shadow player master Ozek Cengiz is really extraordinary. Besides organizing the Istanbul Puppet Festival, Ozek has just premiered a significant co-production with the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. As we said in an article published on 19 May (see here), “The story starts with a shadow puppeteer in modern day Istanbul who finds a mysterious text written in Chinese which reads: “To the East and to the West, between man and shadow, the ways of the road and the heart, what was separated long ago must come together again”. From here the story develops into a journey...

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‘Le Balle des Rêves’, a French-Lebanese co-production

Karim Dakroub, director of the Lebanese puppet company Al Khayal, and Lucia Carbone, choreographer of the group Subito Presto in France, are the architects of this collaboration culminating in the show “Balle de Rèves” (Dancing Dreams) that just presented at the Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, Avignon (France), on 28, 29 and 30 September 2012. The play can be seen at the following locations and dates: from 1st to November 17th, tour in Lebanon, 15 performances. November 2012, performances at the Théâtre de la Rotonde – Association Culturelle des Cheminots d’Avignon: Friday November 23rd. : School sessions, Saturday November 24th....

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Congo puppets and social work at Espace Masolo Center, in Kinshasa

Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a large town of 10 million inhabitants. Also called Kin la Belle (Kin the Beautiful), it is a cosmopolitan city at the south bank of Congo river, but, as it always happens in major urban areas, a lot of social problems can be seen in the streets —in this case are the results of the war, poverty and the lack of democracy both in politics or education system. Between 30,000 and 40,000 children live in the streets of Kinshasa. Espace Masolo Center of artistic Solidarity Resources works in collaboration...

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The Herta Frankel Puppet Company at the 3rd Shanghai Puppet Festival

The Herta Frankel Puppet Company, from Barcelona, Spain, will take part with their show Wooden Clowns to the 3rd Golden Magnolia International Puppet Festival and Competition held in Shanghai from November 8 to 12, 2012. The play, which has toured Spain and Brasilia, is performed with rod puppets created by Czech artist Zdeněk Podhůrský in 1969 and restored by the Company. With a poetic staging, the Company presents and celebrates some of the great clowns of the twentieth century, such as Fratellini, Antonet, Grock, Rivel and Popov. The Festival, which is part of the 14th China Shanghai International Arts Festival,...

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ManiganSes: a Festival appealing the senses

Some days after the closing of ManiganSes – Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette in Saguenay, Quebec, the emotion of the global experience is still alive! As Éric Chalifour stated (see this interview), it is not only a program of shows, but rather a frame for many activities deepening in one specific emotion —this year was the fear, but not only—, expressed through plenty of forms. In its last block, ManiganSes continued the exploration of outer territories between the objects, puppets and actors’ bodies, and raising up quite misterious emotions. One of the shows that put on stage...

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