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The puppets rise up against the war at a big international event in Segovia.

Latest NewsThe puppets rise up against the war at a big international event in Segovia.

Segovia’s Titirimundi International Puppet Festival is returning to normal after two years of a pandemic that has prevented puppets from roaming the city’s streets freely as they did before the health crisis. A total of 33 companies from ten different countries will take part in the 36th edition of this event, considered one of the most important of its kind in Europe.

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The festival opened Thursday evening with a performance by the Canadian troupe La Fille du Laitier, which premiered with a deconstruction of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. In total, until next Tuesday, 177 performances will take place on the streets, in the courtyards of historical buildings, monumental corners and stables of the city, demonstrating traditional and avant-garde techniques for different audiences. As the creator and organizer of the festival, Julio Michel, who died five years ago, argued, puppet theater is not a minor art and is not only for children, although its natural childish expression is the visual backdrop of the Segovian Theater these days. capitals and also celebrate the emotions of the public.

Israeli puppeteer Ariel Doron.

One of the highlights of this edition is the proposal of Ariel Doron, who will present his work to Plastic Heroes this Saturday. Doron, the puppeteer who voiced Elmo, one of the Sesame Street characters, plays during the performance in front of the audience as a child with plastic soldiers of various sizes and shapes to wordlessly sneer against the war in different scenes. The magic happens when such a vast and complex topic is shown in such a small space and with great humor; yes, black humor.

Performance “Eden” from Jaleo Theatre.

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Another attractive offer is the Jaleo theater in France, the leading country in the world of puppetry, which will present “Eden”, an adult play set in a cabaret with a dancer, nine puppets and seven sins, capitals: pride, greed, gluttony, anger, envy, laziness and lust. Seven interconnected stories unfold through them.

In the object theater, Matita Teatro from Slovenia will stand out with “Bones”, a black comedy made from a pile of bones collected from different parts of the world, a small coffin and a stuffed panda. Like a cheerful alchemist, the puppeteer evokes characters, emotions and entanglements from inanimate matter, as if returning their flesh to them in an act of reincarnation.

Show Bakelita “Star show”.

The French at Bakelité offer two shows: “Star Show”, a theatrical production of small objects on tiles for people over eight years old, and “Hostile” with a spaghetti western style formula, where the mystery begins when a person wakes up in the middle of the desert, almost naked stage. Marian Palma, current director of Titirimundi, singles out the theater of objects and puppets for adults as a big bet on the Segovian Festival, a line that Julio Michel always wanted to keep, although he never forgot characters like Pulcinella, a common figure in the theatre. puppets from the 17th century, children’s puppets and gloved puppets, including blackjack.

Among the Spanish companies slated for this release are Hermanas Picohueso, who define their stage tone as Mallorcan-style Monty Python; The Escarlata Circus, which gives life to a collection of heart-shaped stones, or the veteran puppeteers of Binefar, who make mothers, fathers and children dance.

Show of the Spanish company Hermanas Picohueso.

Also at the event will be one of the few pula tamers left in the world, the great Panzani, who, under a small tent, demonstrates the skills of these small trained insects turned into minstrels, acrobats, fire-eaters and tightrope walkers.

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