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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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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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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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‘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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World Puppetry Day 2014: message written by Eduardo di Mauro

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We publish with a lot of pleasure the text written by Eduardo di Mauro for the International Day of Puppetry, that Secretary General of UNIMA, Jacques Trudeau sent to all the puppeteer world. In this article we offer (in English and French at the same page) the presentation of Jacques Trudeau , the biographical text written by Daniel Di Mauro, son of Edfuardo di Mauro, and finally the text of the great Argentine Maestro. Eduardo di … Read entire article »

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Miguel Arreche has died

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News of the death of Miguel Arreche who, together with Idoya Otegui, was the founder of TOPIC in Tolosa and the driving force behind both Topic and the festival Titirijai, has spread rapidly through the puppetry world. A stroke that occurred at lunchtime on 11th October, followed by a second one later the same day while he was in hospital were too much even for Miguel’s stubborn vitality, courage and boundless energy. The funeral will be held in Tolosa, at the … Read entire article »

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How to use object theatre, by Christian Carrignon

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If you never had the chance to see Christian Carrignon’s conference-show about object theatre, you may think this is a too wide topic. In fact, Carrignon himself starts his conference saying he is going to talk about his own experience rather than all this scenic form in general, because, he ironizes, “no one knows what it is”. Carrignon is the artistic director of the company Théâtre de Cuisine with more than 30 years as a … Read entire article »

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The voyages of Karagöz across the world

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The activity of shadow player master Ozek Cengiz is really extraordinary. Besides organizing the Istanbul Puppet Festival, Ozek has just premiered a significant co-production with the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. As we said in an article published on 19 May (see here), “The story starts with a shadow puppeteer in modern day Istanbul who finds a mysterious text written in Chinese which reads: “To the East and to the West, between man and shadow, the … Read entire article »

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The Harry V. Tozer marionettes

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On July 19, 2012, the team of the Revolt of the Puppets moved to Institute del Teatre de Barcelona for a second “exhumation” of puppets who sleep in the MAE warehouses (Museum of the Performing Arts). If the first time was to get out of their boxes puppets from the Anglès Family (with their current representatives), the second was to return to the daylight some of the marionettes of the great English puppeteer Harry V.Tozer, … Read entire article »

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