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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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‘Identitats’ (Identities), by Rocamora Teatre

‘Identitats’ (Identities), by Rocamora Teatre

At last, we were able to watch at the Teatre de Ponent in Granollers, a performance of the new show IDENTITATS (Identities) by Carles Cañellas and Susanna Rodriguez of the Rocamora Teatre Company. An enormous challenge, which both puppeteers, residents in the village of Calders, took upon themselves in order to open this new cycle in their lives. I saw the first steps during the project presentation in San Sebastian at the Unima Congress 2016 … 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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L’art de la Marionnette : du réel au symbolique via l’imaginaire, par Philippe Choulet

L’art de la Marionnette : du réel au symbolique via l’imaginaire, par Philippe Choulet

Nous sommes heureux de publier le texte proposé par Philippe Choulet, professeur de Chaire Supérieure en Philosophie en classes préparatoires à Strasbourg et directeur de la Revue L’Animal, dans la rencontre qui a eu lieu à Barcelone, le 5 de novembre de 2016, à l’Institut du Théâtre, organisée par le festival IF Barcelone avec Teia Moner, sur le sujet Éducation et Marionnettes (voir ici). Philippe Choulet a publié, entre autres, les livres:  La bonne Ecole, … 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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Catalonia – puppets, a national heritage

Catalonia – puppets, a national heritage

This article – written in collaboration with UNIMA Catalonia – aims to create an initial, general outline of what could be considered as the Puppetry Heritage of Catalonia. This first approach to a rich and complex subject will be expanded as new material on the subject reaches us. If our point of departure is the concept of heritage, and if we take the word in the sense of an inheritance from our predecessors, then our … Read entire article »

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Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto of Madame Tussaud’s wax replicas bring historical figures to life, by Rebecca Simpson

Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto of Madame Tussaud’s wax replicas bring historical figures to life, by Rebecca Simpson

Black Box, an exhibition of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, can be seen at the Fundació Mapfre, in Barcelona, until 8th May. Would you be interested in seeing a photograph of someone from the early sixteenth century? That’s right, a photograph, albeit the size of an oil painting. Anne Boleyn. Madame Tussaud’s wax sculptures of Henry VIII and his six wives, inspired by Renaissance paintings and drawings which, in effect, lead back to real historical individuals, were lit … Read entire article »

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‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

We publish the text and video by the filmmaker and puppeteer Gary Friedman, from Australia, regarding the World Puppet Day, and refers to the subject of the puppeteers arrested in Madrid. Gary Friedman, born in South Africa but living for years in Australia, is making a documentary about puppets and politics, for which he has traveled the world collecting testimonies and images about it. Gary Friedman en Barcelona. Foto T.R. ‘Je Suis Punch!’ is a special dedication … 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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