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Creditors of ManiganSes’ assembly. Future questioned?

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When Blaise Gagnon announced via Facebook he was no longer working at the Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette à Saguenay – ManiganSes, the bankruptcy was already known in Canadian media. Some weeks later, on January 4th 2013, the break was officially declared by the Administration Council. Creditors’ Assembly was yesterday January 28th. Very sad news for the puppetry sector, arts and theatre. Réjean Laforêt, President of the district Jonquière-Saguenay who has been a member … Read entire article »

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Congo puppets and social work at Espace Masolo Center, in Kinshasa

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Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a large town of 10 million inhabitants. Also called Kin la Belle (Kin the Beautiful), it is a cosmopolitan city at the south bank of Congo river, but, as it always happens in major urban areas, a lot of social problems can be seen in the streets —in this case are the results of the war, poverty and the lack of democracy both in politics … Read entire article »

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ManiganSes: a Festival appealing the senses

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Some days after the closing of ManiganSes – Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette in Saguenay, Quebec, the emotion of the global experience is still alive! As Éric Chalifour stated (see this interview), it is not only a program of shows, but rather a frame for many activities deepening in one specific emotion —this year was the fear, but not only—, expressed through plenty of forms. In its last block, ManiganSes continued the exploration … Read entire article »

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Éric Chalifour, Artistic Director of ManiganSes: “In the future festivals will work with patronage”

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ManiganSes – Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette à Saguenay reached the end after its second block of top quality shows (an article will be published soon). Since Thursday, artists like Yael Rasooly, Théâtre à Bout Portant or the Compagnie S’appelle Reviens presented their recognized productions, among other must-see performances, presentations and acts. The show ‘Münchhausen’, by Les Machineries de l’Imaginaire, is closing today the 12th edition of the Festival. Its Artistic Director, Éric … Read entire article »

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Saguenay: a journey through contemporary puppets

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As the days at the Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette – ManiganSes pass by, one gets more and more seduced by its excellent mood and the daily surprise of seeing a top quality show. Its Artistic Director, Éric Chalifour, has combined old, almost classic productions with newer proposals. Besides, these last ones are conceived pretty much out of commercial standards or they require a special attention from the audience. The whole program asks … Read entire article »

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A tribute to Felix Mirbt opened the 12th edition of ManiganSes

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Felix Mirbt was born in 1931 in Breslau, Germany, currently Poland. He got to Quebec in the decade of 1950s and died in Sutton, near to Montréal, in 2002. His extensive artistic production evolved from a classical type of marionettes to a sort of abstract theatre —a powerful career recognized all over. Now, in the 10th anniversary of his death, the company Théâtre de la Pire Espèce and Marcelle Hudon opened ManiganSes – Festival International … Read entire article »

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ManiganSes: exploring the limits of puppets and puppeteers

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ManiganSes, Festival International des Arts de la Marionette à Saguenay, in Quebec, is about to begin. As sponsor of Puppetring, we will be there to report the shows and activities. The program of the 12th edition of this festival explores how thin are the borders between creators, actors and objects. Indeed, the selection of shows (see them at ManiganSes website) is open to a wide range of forms, both in family friendly shows and performances … Read entire article »

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