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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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Hetty Paërl, honorary member of UNIMA since 30 May 2016, by Frans Hakkemars and Paul Custers

Hetty Paërl, honorary member of UNIMA since 30 May 2016, by Frans Hakkemars and Paul Custers

On Monday 30 May 2016, Hetty Paërl – cheerful, versatile, driven and above all modest -, was awarded honorary membership of the UNIMA by the international UNIMA board: a good reason for an interview with this artist. Besides being an illustrator, painter and musician, she is also a writer of a great many books on puppetry. Her specialty is Jan Klaassen and his pedigree across Europe. The interview shows Hetty Paërl, born on 16 June … Read entire article »

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News from the Unima Congress 2016 in Tolosa / San Sebastián, Spain: Dadi Pudumjee, President, and Idoya Otegui, new General Secretary. Bali, Indonesia, wins the Unima Congress 2020

News from the Unima Congress 2016 in Tolosa / San Sebastián, Spain: Dadi Pudumjee, President, and Idoya Otegui, new General Secretary. Bali, Indonesia, wins the Unima Congress 2020

The Unima 2016 Congress, being carried out these days in Tolosa and San Sebastián, with the World Puppet Festival that accompanies it, has already voted their new directive: Dadi Pudumjee as President and Idoya Otegui as Secretary General. Members of the Executive Committee are: President Dadi Pudumjee – INDIA; General Secretary – Idoya Otegui; Treasurer: Lucile Bodson – France; 1st Vice – Manuel Moran – USA; 2nd Vice President – Karen Smith – USA. Idoya Otegui, … 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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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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International Message from Behrooz Gharibpour for the World Puppetry Day 2015

International Message from Behrooz Gharibpour for the World Puppetry Day 2015

I was ten years old when I saw my first traditional puppet show. I was ten years old when I fell in lovewith “Mubarak”, a love which has lasted through more than half a century and still occupies my whole mind and being. I was twenty years old when compelled by this love, I searched every alley and street of Tehran tofind the old, weary and worn out performers, and bring them back to life … Read entire article »

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I burattini bergamaschi: Brighella, Arlecchino e Gioppino. Dagli zanni ai servi goldoniani

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Quella di Bergamo è una provincia posta nel nord dell’Italia (il capoluogo dista una cinquantina di chilometri a est di Milano) in cui da circa due secoli permane un’importante tradizione popolare di burattini. Al fine di analizzare meglio l’origine dei burattini bergamaschi è importante prima soffermarsi su alcuni strani personaggi che sono comparsi alcuni secoli orsono: gli Zanni. Chi è lo Zanni? È un personaggio fra i più antichi della Commedia dell’Arte: ai sui primordi, … 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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‘Obludarium’, the poetic vision of a nomad theatre. Workshop with the Forman Brothers Theatre

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Anyone interested in the work of this legendary Czech company can still join the course organized by the Atelier della Luna at the Monastery of Santes Creus, in Catalonia, from 5 to 20 July 2014 (see details here). Good to know that Petr and Matej Forman, born in 1966, are the sons of the great film director Milos Forman. Shortly after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the director of “Loves of a blonde” moved to … Read entire article »

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