Author: Toni Rumbau

A New Magazine about Puppets and Object Theatre

To speak of puppetry today is also to speak about visual theatre and the theatre of objects, of performances that play with the duplication of the image and body of the performer without technical or conceptual limits; it is to speak about opera, musicals, experimental theatre, large-scale works, and theatre for the youngest audiences. There are also museums, schools, archives, specialists, and those festivals that have done so much to cultivate and to maintain the genre. We should mention here the backing and faith in our project shown by entities such as TOPIC of Tolosa and their festival Titirijai,...

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“Fantoche” magazine reaches its fifth edition

Fantoche, the magazine published by Unima Federation Spain under the tenacious directorship of Joaquín Hernández, reached its fifth issue in 2011. An enterprise which looks set for a long life ahead, its quality only increases as its field of action expands.. Specifically, in this fifth number the articles and texts published are all highly interesting, and are by a range of authors who excellently represent the wide world of puppetry. To start with the editorial, signed on this occasion by Francisco J. Cornejo, in which the teacher and puppeteer from Seville stands as a spokesperson for the magazine, he...

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Le Grand Macabre, by György Ligeti

Article about the Grand Macabre, by György Ligeti, an opera with a libretto by Ligeti himself and the famous marionettist Michael Meschke, based on an original play by Michel de Ghelderode. Grand Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. The opera Le Grand Macabre, first performed in Stockholm in April 1978, was presented in a revised version in 1997 in a production by the Fura dels Baus, with stage direction by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, and musical direction by Michael Boder. The reason for an article in Puppetring about this full scale opera is none other than the wish to do...

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TOT Puppet Festival in Barcelona starts soon

The TOT Festival de Titelles i de Teatre d’Objectes, organised by Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village, Barcelona), will be held from 16th to 25th March. In the programme are a number of shows and related activities, such as an international course on “physical comedy” by Hilary Chaplain and various professional meetings. Furthermore, the festival coincides with World Puppet Day; Joan Baixas will read a text written especially for this day. will give more information about this event in the near future. Meanwhile, we consider it important to announce that companies will be featured from many countries —Poland (The Pole, by...

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Upcoming 21st UNIMA Congress in Chengdu, China

From 27th May to 3rd June 2012, the twenty-first UNIMA Congress will be held in the city of Chengdu, in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at the same time as a World Puppetry Festival. The International Union of Puppetry, UNIMA, founded in Prague in 1929, is a non-governmental organisation affiliated to Unesco, represented in virtually every country in the world. Its headquarters is currently in the French town of Charleville-Mézières. During the Congress, as well as the election of a new board, and other issues concerning the organization, there will be constant meetings between puppeteers from around the world, panel...

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