- International Platform
09 02 2022
The Lithuanian Performing Arts in Lockdown: Unique Solutions and a Good Occasion for Reflection: Puppet theatre
The national UNIMA (International Puppetry Association) Centre in Lithuania has over 60 individual members, and also professional theatres, such as the Vilnius Lėlė Theatre, Klaipėda's Puppet Theatre, the Kaunas State Puppet Theatre, Panevėžys' Puppet Wagon Theatre, the Alytus Puppet Theatre...
04 02 2022
The Six-Armed Life of a Rabbit
The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre’s performance Still Life shares nine ways of preserving life. At the same time this performance in a way becomes a memorial for the humble art of taxidermy. A time has come where circuses do not feature tricks by trained animals in their shows anymore.
03 02 2022
Theatre reviews: Manipulate Festival | School of Rock
In spite of various Covid-related cancellations, this year’s Manipulate Festival has still been able to offer a rich and varied programme, writes Joyce McMillan.
27 01 2022
Tossed on the seas of Visual Theatre: challenges to Puppetry’s survival as an independent discipline. Part II
Based on the above, it appears that everyone has a fairly clear idea of the qualities that make up a contemporary puppeteer. However, it is not at all certain whether these characteristics can be formulated as an unambiguous definition for everyone.
27 01 2022
Tossed on the seas of Visual Theatre: challenges to Puppetry’s survival as an independent discipline. Part I
At a seminar held at the International Puppet Theatre Festival in Finland a few years ago, attended by puppeteers, directors and festival organizers from various European countries, it suddenly emerged during conversation that puppetry was no longer taught at the university level in the Nordic or...
21 01 2022
Whimsical Humour with "Darkness and Mayhem"
Looking at Knuckle and Joint’s contemporary self-definition, their vision is to "adapt familiar stories to be enjoyed in a new, modernized and interactive show for early years and young children." Founded in 2014 by Bex O’Brien and Peter Morton, their artistic director O’Brien is passionate about...
19 01 2022
Who Is Sitting on the Throne: Rabbit or Man?
17th century philosopher René Descartes turned back to the anthropocentric approach to nature, believing that scientific knowledge allows man to control nature, while the increase in the latter’s possibilities makes him happy.
11 01 2022
Whether writer James Lay or director Gareth Nicholls intended it, the dynamic at the heart of Wilf – a gay romp through loneliness, reconciliation and auto-erotic fascination – emerges from an ancient preoccupation. The fascination with the animate, and its relationship to conscious beings, is...
04 01 2022
The Rabbit is Dead – Long Live Theatre. Theatre is Dead – Long Live the Rabbit
I surf the Internet in search of the recently seen performance Still life: Nine Attempts to Preserve Life by a young Slovenian director Tin Grabnar. Nothing. Instead, I find out that the poetic “still life” is a nature morte, i.e., a genre of art where the focus and attention is on the dead nature.
30 12 2021
An Irresistible Game of Conventions
In its “Oedipus the King”, Rijeka has found the key to conquering a seemingly unconquerable audience – teenagers. They achieved this with a modern approach to puppet and puppetry, playing in a layered, clever and witty way with all the elements of this performance gem.
22 12 2021
The Pain of a Shattered Childhood
The Play “Shattered Childhood” is heart-breaking and painful, but skillfully performed, with some objections, which are not crucial. We have seen a part of how the war affected children, creating psychological weights for them that are not easy to carry through life.
17 12 2021
Split City Puppet Theater, “How Do Children Grow Up”: What Is a Play without an Audience?
Although the play “How Do Children Grow Up” is not in itself overly challenging, the children in the audience enhanced its charm and entertainment layer, which opened the question of the influence of the audience on the play.