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Birth of a Puppet Museum in Macao, China

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The high activity of puppet theater that exists in China is being translated into a multitude of public and private initiatives. Macao, the ancient city under Portuguese rule, also lives his moment of joy thanks to the contribution of Ms. Elisa Vilaça, Portuguese puppeteer and teacher, who has offered her collection of puppets from around the world to Macao Puppet Museum, which is still in process of realization. Catalog To start this wonderful project, it has been … Read entire article »

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The Herta Frankel Puppet Company at the 3rd Shanghai Puppet Festival

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The Herta Frankel Puppet Company, from Barcelona, Spain, will take part with their show Wooden Clowns to the 3rd Golden Magnolia International Puppet Festival and Competition held in Shanghai from November 8 to 12, 2012. The play, which has toured Spain and Brasilia, is performed with rod puppets created by Czech artist Zdeněk Podhůrský in 1969 and restored by the Company. With a poetic staging, the Company presents and celebrates some of the great clowns … Read entire article »

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Some ideas about the role and purpose of Shadow Theatre Museum of China in Chengdu.

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Thoughts arising out of the 21st UNIMA Congress and Festival of the Arts, by Erica Luo. Article written by Dr. Erica Luo, head of research at the Shadow Theatre Museum of China and director of the exhibition presented at the last XXI Congress of UNIMA in Chengdu, at last translated! We appreciate she sent us these courageos and appropriate in this times lines about the important event that took place in her town, with a … Read entire article »

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Chinese Puppetmasters

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Thanks to Gary Friedman, we can see a video of the Chinese master Chen Xi Huang, 82 years old, in a recent interview at TED in Shanghai. In the video we see the extraordinary mastery of Chen Xi Huang, who preserves the beauty of traditional hand puppet theater, with exquisite manipulation of the puppets. As we read in the information given by TED, Chen Xi-Huang was born in 1931, the oldest son of Taiwan’s legendary puppeteer, … Read entire article »

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Some thoughts after Chengdu

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I’ve now participated in four big UNIMA assemblies: the Tolosa 2006 and Dordrecht 2010 Councils, and the Perth 2008 and Chengdu 2012 Congresses.  This time, as I experienced it, the atmosphere was tinged with the exceptionally strong efforts made by the organisers to perform as hosts. Which is to say that, for me, the hosting itself took a very performative role (in all senses). On several occasions during the week I felt I was having … Read entire article »

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Pictures of Noriko Nishimoto with “Madam Award”

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“Madam Award” (puppet made by Damiet van Dalsum) arrived safely from Dordrecht to Fremantle, into the hands of award winner Noriko Nishimoto. She receives the award from the Unima Women’s Commission, given in Chengdu, at the 21th Unima Congress. Puppetring already published one previous note and the new of the delivery of the prize. Here are now some more pictures, received from the Unima Women’s Commission. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Magazines and Exhibitions, Front page, Veteran Puppeteers

The Closing Ceremony of the Chengdu Festival

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We cannnot end our Chengdu chronicles without talking about the Closing Ceremony. The reason is simple: if the Opening Ceremony stood out for its astonishingly spectacular nature, the closing one was more intimate, touching and artistically refined. The fact that it was celebrated in a theatre, the Southwest Theatre, doubtless explains why it was more contained, but it was in the idea itself for the show in which the brilliance of the artists and great … Read entire article »

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The Shan Puppet Theatre – Taiwan

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It’s always very pleasant to see a young puppeteer connected with tradition and able to combine freshness with virtuosity. This is what I saw in the show of Wu-shan Huang, seen at the Festival of Chengdu. I spoke about it in a previous article on the Opening Ceremony of the Festival. But to be found two wonderful videos about his work, I have been encouraged to present them in Puppetring. Shan Puppet Theatre was founded by … Read entire article »

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Cuba and Tolosa to host the next UNIMA meetings

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We announced a few days ago that, in the voting that took place in Chengdu, Tolosa was the city chosen to host the UNIMA Congress in 2016. However, it was not known until the last day which was the city chosen to hold the Council Meeting, – an event which UNIMA celebrates two years after each Congress -, in 2014. Sofia in Bulgaria, and Matanzas in Cuba were the candidate cities. The option chosen, by … Read entire article »

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Puppets in China or the exuding of energy

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“Fabulous display” is the best way to define the World Puppet Festival in Chengdu that took place alongside the UNIMA Congress. Not only because of the huge number of shows involved – exactly 101 different puppet shows -, but also of theatres, of the number of people in some of the companies, and the vast size of some of the venues involved. The international presence was huge, with representatives from almost every country in the … Read entire article »

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