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Puppets and Bridges

Puppets and Bridges

(Devil’s Bridge -Rakotzbrücke- in Kromlauer Park, Gablenz, Germany. Photograph by Kilian Schönberger.) Catalonia, as everyone knows, is going through delicate and confusing times. At Puppetring, and its sister magazines Putxinelli and Titeresante, we are particularly interested in building bridges, never in destroying them. Puppetry and other associated arts are fundamentally cosmopolitan, mestizo (of mixed race) and integrative. As we have said in this magazine on previous occasions, puppet theatre allows us to realise the following paradox: … Read entire article »

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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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In defense of the puppeteers imprisoned in Madrid

In defense of the puppeteers imprisoned in Madrid

It is quite incredible that such things can still happen! Two pupeeteers have been imprisoned for a knockabout show that may be a bit strong but which is, nevertheless, in keeping with the style of such shows as they have always been performed, both in Spain and throughout Europe. Two young puppeteers, just starting out in the genre of knockabout, street puppet theatre – one of the most difficult forms there is, demanding that one … Read entire article »

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Inauguration of IF Barcelona, with the Opening of the Exhibition “Figures of Doubleness”, at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

Inauguration of IF Barcelona, with the Opening of the Exhibition “Figures of Doubleness”, at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

On Thursday 8th October, at exactly 7.00 pm, the exhibition ‘Figures of Doubleness’ at Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona opened its doors. The exhibition space is the nerve centre of the festival IF Barcelona – Puppets, Machines and Strings, an exhibition occupying two floors at Arts Santa Mònica, which is probably the biggest exhibition ever held in Barcelona on puppets and marionettes, in the broadest sense of the terms. Arts Santa Mònica, at the end of … Read entire article »

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Portuguese puppets (Robertos) and European traditions together in Lisbon

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On 3rd July, the exhibition The Pulcinela Trails (Rotas de Polichinelo) opened to great pomp and circumstance at the Puppet Museum in Lisbon. This event however was more than a mere inauguration as when the doors of the chapel, where the items are displayed, opened, the cloister of the Convento das Bernardas was the stage of a joyful and effusive encounter of all the puppeteers that today represent Dom Robertos in Portugal (only João Costa … Read entire article »

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Toast pour un Noël marionnettiste et un 2014 double

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Marionnettes et Noël ont toujours eu une bonne relation, en particulier dans les pays européens. Pas étonnant, il est dit que le mot marionnette vient du nom de Marionne (petite Marie en français), quand on représentait la Nativité à l’église dans les premiers temps, puis à l’extérieur. En effet, dans certaines parties de la Péninsule Ibérique ont célèbre encore la Fête de Noël avec des figures articulées, telles que l’église de Santa María de los … Read entire article »

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Puppetring, year one

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Puppetring is a year old. One challenge, the hardest perhaps, has been met: to survive the first twelve months without dying in the attempt. However, as well as managing that, we believe we have laid the foundations for what should be a very satisfactory webpage about the art of puppets. Without falling into childish boasting but also avoiding false modesty, in these twelve months we have published some 500 articles between Puppetring, Titeresante and Putxinel·li, … Read entire article »

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Provisional balance: from the old year 2012 to the new year 2013

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It is difficult to define 2012. A year of extremes, for us at Puppetring it has been a prodigious year of new experiences and work. Our triple magazine saw the light on 1st March, and from then on its level of activity could be defined as a rhetorical storm, with 450 articles published in its three languages (Catalan, Spanish and English) and a few more in Portuguese and French. It is too early to weigh … Read entire article »

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Barcelona, a Capital of puppets?

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Can we consider Barcelona as an important puppetry capital? I believe the answer can be “yes”, even if of course some explainations are needed. In the last years we are living a clear expansion of this type of theatre, which seems very clear from the increase of the number of premieres and new puppeteers —an unseen situation since a long time ago. This movement is essential to make statements like the answer I just wrote … Read entire article »

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