Nel numero 64/65, dicembre 2013, della rivista ‚TEATRI DELLA DIVERSITA‘, diretta da Vito Minoia, edita come sempre in una splendida versione tipografica, molti significativi interventi sul teatro, fra cui si segnalano LE MARCHE: RI-CERCARE COOPERANDO di vari autori e LA MARIONETTA TRA IL PARLARE E L’ESSERE resoconto di Mariano Dolci del Convegno di MARIONETTE ET THERAPIE svoltosi nel settembre 2013 a Charleville-MA�ziA?res in concomitanza con il Festival Mondiale della Marionetta. (A.S.)


Internationales Festivalleitertreffen in Bochum / International meeting of puppet theatre festival heads

13. Februar 2014

In Kooperation mit der Festivalkommission der UNIMA lA�dt das Figurentheater der Nationen – FIDENA zum dritten internationalen Treffen der Festivalleiter aus dem Bereich Puppentheater ein. Die Tagung wird vom 18. bis 20. Mai 2014, parallel zur FIDENA (16. – 24. Mai) in Bochum stattfinden. Thema der Tagung: Cultural Education vs. Artistic Freedom – Internationale Festivals in Zeiten der Krise.

Anmeldungen sind ab sofort mA�glich unterA� symposium@fidena.de



Daily Battles in Shadows and Film

writing without paper

writing without paper

writing without paper

writing without paper

Beatrice Coron's Daily Battles

Beatrice Coron’s Daily Battles

I can watch this beautifuly made film over and over again and never get bored! Daily Battles is a collaboration between two artists, a paper artist and a film maker. BA�atrice Coron developed a language of storytelling by papercutting multi-layered stories.

Upon seeing her TED presentation film of 2011, I actually was hoping that the camera would zoom into her silouettes to reveal the tiniest treasures hiden in the detail. Film maker, James Steward, was obviously thinking exactly the same thing.

They met up after the paper artist, Beatrice Coron did a presentation at TED in March 2011. The results are unusual and exciting, showing the incredible potential for collaboration between arts practitioners emerging from two almost diametrically opposed sources.

Their combined work, Daily Battles‘ was premiered at the 2013 TED Conference in Long Beach, California. You can read an interview with Artist BA�atrice Coron and Filmmaker James Stewart in two parts;



But most importantly, you should view the original inspiring TED Talk of 2011, in which BA�atrice first inspired the world:



Posted by Gary



Quick start for new year of change and more…

Bishop Desmond Tutu with his alter egos Tutu  & Tata on ZA News

Bishop Desmond Tutu with his alter egos Tutu & Tata on ZA News

Quick start for new year of change and more…posted by Gary

Let me tell you about Africa – the dark continent.A� Besides entertaining my two little boys, which was a full-time job, I did get to start shooting a documentary film on ‚Puppetry and Politics‘ for the international conference of the same name, which is scheduled to take place 20-22 November in Charleville-Mezieres in France.

Some of the wonderful artists whom I recently interviewed in South Africa, all working in puppetry related to politics in some way were Thierry Casuto, producer of ZA News, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones from Handspring Puppet Company, Cindy Mkaza, head of UNIMA South Africa, Janni Younge from Handspring, Aja Marneweck, who directs puppetry productions and runs workshops internationally and Conrad Koch, with his ventriloquist puppet Chester. Conrad has his own TV show, where he interviews local politician and sends up the political highs and lows in South Africa.

If anyone is interested in attending the the conference in late-November in France, please do get in touch.


UNIMA Sweden Yearbook


The UNIMA Sweden 2013 Yearbook can be read online here, in Swedish:


The UNIMA Sweden Facebook page can be found here:



CANADA/ Arlyn Awards 2014


The Arlyn Award is a world-wide search for „truly outstanding“ design in puppet theatre. It is an international contest and is awarded biennially. The recipient in 2012 was the UK’s Jonathan Storey’s 2010 production Jack Pratchard.

The Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre and the prize endowment fund are administered by the Arlyn Award Society, an independent, charitable-tax status society registered in British Columbia, Canada. The Arlyn Award is for an individual production, not a designer’s body of work.

Every two years the Society’s Board of Directors selects a three-member international jury. Each jury sets their own criteria and their decision is final and cannot be altered by the Board of Directors.

The Arlyn Award Society now calls for entries to the 2014 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre.

Deadline: 15th February 2014

Eligible productions must have been premiered in 2012 or 2013. Any puppeteer, anywhere in the world, is eligible to enter. The Arlyn Award consists of a trophy and a cash prize, at present, of approximately US$ 1000.

To enter, submit a brief paragraph of the designer’s goal for the production, up to ten illustrations of designs and production photographs, and a five-minute (maximum) video in Flash format showing the production’s design in action. For full terms see:


Not more than one Arlyn Award may be awarded in a competition. All entries remaining into the final round of judging receive an Arlyn Citation of Design.

Send entry submissions to:

Arlyn Award Society

2012-13 Competition

c/o 4348 Coastview Drive

Garden Bay, BC

V0N 1S1


All submitted materials will be retained by the Arlyn Award Society in a research collection.

For Information on the Arlyn Award and photos of past recipients, please visit




ASSITEJ Dialog: „A�sterreich: Festivalland“ bei spleen*graz


Einladung zum ASSITEJ Dialog „A�sterreich:Festivalland“ am Montag, 10. Februar 2014 ab 13:30 im spleen*hotspot, Graz

Der Eintritt ist kostenfrei, um Anmeldung unter k.kroesche@assitej.at wird gebeten!

Ebenfalls gibt es noch die MA�glichkeit, sich fA?r den ASSITEJ Pavillon am Sonntag, 09. Februar ab 12:30 Uhr im spleen*hotspot anzumelden.

Mehr Informationen unter www.spleengraz.at

Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain YOUNG FOLKS


18.2.2014 FROM 14:00 TO 18:00



Atelier vidA�o pour jeunes (A� partir de 12 ans).

Avec Leonora Bisagno et StA� Ternes, artistes.


Call for Research Project on Puppetry Art


Take part to the research project, the book about Puppet and Puppet Theater, of Poupak Azimpour, Iranian puppet theater researcher, answering to the questions:

What is a Puppet?

Who is a Puppet?

What is the Puppet theatre?

Why is the Puppet Theater chosen when there are other forms of media and performing art?

Read more: www.unima.org

International Colloquium from 20 to 22 November 2014 – Charleville-MeziA?res (France)


Puppetry and Power: Censorship, Propaganda, Resistance (XIX-XXIth Centuries)

Institut International de la Marionnette

Call for Papers

This international Colloquium is rooted in a trible Observation.

First, a lack of historic, social and political studies dedicated to puppet theatres. Second, the narrow link connecting the puppet to the concept of power in collective opinion and popularly held believes. Third, in actuality there are many contemporary shows, performances and events testifying the vitality of satiric vein and agitprop theatre. In addition, the digitization and/or release of protected archives have recently given material for further research.

Suggested below are some indicative, yet not exhaustive, questions that we are particularly interested in seeing addressed:

– The power of puppetry

– The puppet of crisis

– Militancy and self-regulation: History and current politics and economic structure of the profession.

More Information: