Author: Cesc Martínez

Creditors of ManiganSes’ assembly. Future questioned?

When Blaise Gagnon announced via Facebook he was no longer working at the Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette à Saguenay – ManiganSes, the bankruptcy was already known in Canadian media. Some weeks later, on January 4th 2013, the break was officially declared by the Administration Council. Creditors’ Assembly was yesterday January 28th. Very sad news for the puppetry sector, arts and theatre. Réjean Laforêt, President of the district Jonquière-Saguenay who has been a member of the Administration Council of ManiganSes for five years, said through Radio Canada they were really sorry about the situation, but it was...

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Puppets and mental illnesses

(Lire ici la version française / Read here French version.) Many therapy centers use puppets as a tool for enhancing consciousness on one’s problems. Used in such a variety of needs —social, educational, psychological or medical—, puppets are symbols, metaphors, distance and pieces of personal identity. With this basis, the École Nationale d’Apprentissage par la Marionnette (Learning through Puppets National School) , settled in Chicoutimi, Quebec, has a long experience helping people diagnosed with mental disorders. ENAM is a non-profit institution founded in 1990 by Richard Bouchard, director-general and artistic manager, Réjean Arseneault, coordinator, Clermont Lavoie, Jean-Guy Boily and...

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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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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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Éric Chalifour, Artistic Director of ManiganSes: “In the future festivals will work with patronage”

ManiganSes – Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette à Saguenay reached the end after its second block of top quality shows (an article will be published soon). Since Thursday, artists like Yael Rasooly, Théâtre à Bout Portant or the Compagnie S’appelle Reviens presented their recognized productions, among other must-see performances, presentations and acts. The show ‘Münchhausen’, by Les Machineries de l’Imaginaire, is closing today the 12th edition of the Festival. Its Artistic Director, Éric Chalifour, explains what it is made of. Let’s begin talking about the main lines of your work. Well, first, two requests are done to...

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