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Puppets and cities of Catalonia – Part 1 – Barcelona

Puppets and cities of Catalonia – Part 1 – Barcelona

It is worth looking closely at how puppets are organised in a specific geographical ecosystem, as in Catalonia. A territory with about seven and a half million inhabitants and an area of 32,106.5 km², it is composed of four provinces with their corresponding capitals: Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Lleida and Girona. A region, a country or a territory, it is one of the Autonomous Communities of the Kingdom of Spain; it has a language of its own,Catalan, … Read entire article »

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Barcelona, a string-puppetry capital

Barcelona, a string-puppetry capital

In recent years Barcelona has become a veritable String Capital, not the most important in Europe, of course, but of growing significance in terms of the number of highly prestigious string puppeteers who live in the city, as well as of young professionals who are starting out in this branch of puppetry. This is apparent in international festivals of the genre, which increasingly feature artists from Barcelona [1]. Harry V. Tozer and his skeleton marionette. We have … Read entire article »

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CLUB D’OPINION: “Reflet du spectateur dans le théâtre traditionnel de marionnettes et absence de réflecteur dans le théâtre moderne de marionnettes”, par José Gil

CLUB D’OPINION: “Reflet du spectateur dans le théâtre traditionnel de marionnettes et absence de réflecteur dans le théâtre moderne de marionnettes”, par José Gil

“Il existe une forme d’art qui est faite par des personnes spéciales, qui sont nées avec une capacité rare de donner la vie à des objets inanimés. Ces personnes créent parfois une magie faisant croire à ceux qui les observent que tout est réel dans leur théâtre. Ce théâtre si spécial, que beaucoup appellent théâtre de marionnettes, n’est rien d’autre que notre monde reproduit par quelqu’un ayant une perception aigue de la réalité. L’union de … Read entire article »

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The Forman Brothers in Santes Creus Monastery

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During two weeks, fourteen artists and six members of the Forman Brothers Company team were woking on a workshop in Santes Creus Monastery, 35 kilometers inland from Tarragona, Catalonia. It was scheduled and coordinated by Atelier della Luna, an organization aimed to offer masterclasses, courses and workshops to artists from different disciplines —but mainly performing arts— in Italy and Catalonia. Their purpose is to set these in places that provide a unique inspiration to the … Read entire article »

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Movement and forms between puppetry and circus

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Puppetry and circus have more in common than we think. It’s about movement and signification —the way both scenic disciplines find their true expression. Of course, there are many differences: while the puppeteer animates objects, the acrobat, the juggler and the balance artist perform acts that go beyond the usual limits of the human body and take a risk for it. But in some modern circus productions, artists use their props as living creatures. They … Read entire article »

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On the conjuring up of creatures

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My doubts about whether to offer this article for publication have been assuaged by the thought that in the British press, and some other English language media, the summer holiday period has long been known as the “silly season”.  With two more days of August still available I’ll take the proverbial bull by the horns and will leave it to Puppetring’s editorial team to decide whether or not to give what follows an airing. “Mask at … Read entire article »

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Barcelona, a city of puppets according to the Washington Post

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The Washington Post published in July this year 2013 an excellent article written by journalist Maya Kroth, entitled “In Barcelona, puppetry on the rise” (see article here), in which Barcelona appears as a city where puppets have presence increasingly important. The article talks about the different Catalan traditions of glove and street puppets, as well as the vitality of today puppeteers in everyday life and especially city night. As Maya Kroth says: ” At first, … Read entire article »

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Lisbon: new puppet museum APP for Smartphones and tablets

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Did you ever think of having a museum right in the palm of your hand? Well, it seems to be impossible but that’s what is intended by this new mobile application developed by the Lisbon Museu da Marioneta with Samsung support. It is a program supported by Android and iOS systems for tablets and smartphones and it is available in portuguese or english. Using this app, knowing Museu da Marioneta and its collection of puppets … Read entire article »

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International arts exchange in Avignon

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The Festival d’Avignon, France, is well known as one of the biggest theatre events in the world —thanks also to the Off program, where 1,200 shows are performed during three weeks, a big number of them daily. This is the place Institut Ramon Llull chose for promoting Catalan and Balearic performing arts. Now eight different companies with different scenic formats will be there until July 29th as a part of contemporary artistic richness in Catalonia … Read entire article »

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Dadi Pudumjee and Jacques Trudeau continue as President and Secretary of UNIMA

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Yesterday 18 members of the Executive Committee of UNIMA were elected and this morning votes will take place  for the distribution of the positions. We anticipate, however, that the President and the General Secretary will be handled by Dadi Pudumjee and Jacques Trudeau, respectively, as no further nominations for the two positions. And while yesterday it was clear that San Sebastián-Tolosa will be the venue for the new Congress of UNIMA 2016, it remains to … Read entire article »

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