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    • Puppetry in Brazil

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    • Bunraku

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    • Puppet designers

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    • Puppet festivals

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    • Films featuring puppetry

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    • Glove puppetry

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    • Puppetry in India

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    • Puppet museums

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    • Puppeteers

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    • Puppet theaters

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    • UNIMA

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    • George Speaight

    • George Victor Speaight (/speɪt/; 6 September 1914 – 22 December 2005) was a theatre historian, author and performer and the leading authority on 19th-century toy theatre. One of his brothers was the Shakespearean actor Robert Speaight, who paid for some of George's education at Haileybury. Like his older b ... Read »


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    • Puppetry

    • Puppetry

      Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets—inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure, that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer. Such a performance is also known as a puppet play. The puppeteer uses movements of her hand ... Read »


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    • Wayang Kulit Indonesia

    • Wayang kulit is a traditional puppet-shadow play found in the culture of Java, Bali, and Lombok, Indonesia. In a wayang kulit performance, the puppet figures are rear-projected on a taut linen screen with a coconut-oil (or electric) light. The Dalang (shadow artist) manipulates carved leather figures between the lamp a ... Read »


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    • Adult puppeteering

    • Adult puppeteering is the use of puppets in contexts aimed at adult audiences. Serious theatrical pieces can use puppets, either for aesthetic reasons, or to achieve special effects that would not otherwise be possible with human actors. In parts of the world where puppet shows have traditionally been children's entert ... Read »


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    • Arias with a Twist

    • Arias with a Twist

      Arias with a Twist is a collaborative play created by drag queen Joey Arias and puppeteer Basil Twist. It premiered on June 12, 2008 at the HERE Arts Center in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. Although the play is performed as a one-person show starring Arias, it also features the work of six nearly invisible puppeteer ... Read »


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    • Avenue Q

    • Avenue Q

      Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who together, wrote the music and lyrics. The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason Moore. Avenue Q is an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and ... Read »


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    • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey


    • The Billy-Club Puppets

    • The Billy-Club Puppets (Los Títeres de Cachiporra) is a play for puppet theatre by the twentieth-century Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca. It was written between 1922 and 1925.It is about a beautiful heroine named Rosita who falls in love with a poor boy named Cocoliche, but has to marry Don Cristobal, a ... Read »


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    • Bunraku

    • Bunraku (?), also known as Ningyō jōruri (人形浄瑠璃), is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in the beginning of 17th century. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: the Ningyōtsukai or Ningyōzukai (puppeteers), the TayÅ« (chanters) a ... Read »


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    • Buz-baz

    • Buz- baz is a musical puppetry tradition found in northern Afghanistan. The puppet is a goat which is controlled by a string connected to the wrist of the puppeteer. The goat is completely carved out wood and made out of sequins and baubles and sometimes bells. The goat stands for two things. One is markhor, which mean ... Read »


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    • Cantastoria

    • Cantastoria (pronounced [ˌkantaˈstɔːrja]; also spelled cantastorie [ˌkantaˈstɔːrje], canta storia or canta historia) comes from Italian for "story-singer" and is known by many other names around the world. It is a theatrical form where a performer tells or sings a story while gesturing to a s ... Read »


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    • Chinface

    • A chinface, sometimes referred to as a chinikin, chinhead, chinman, or chinmonster is a performance, usually of a comical nature, involving someone's chin. By drawing or attaching eyes, it gives the impression of a distorted face when viewed upside down. In the early 1950s ventriloquist Paul Winchell created a chi ... Read »


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    • Christian puppetry

    • Christian puppetry is a form of Christian ministry and entertainment through puppetry. The Muppets gave puppetry a whole new look and life in the mid-twentieth century. "Puppet-fever" engulfed Americans. With the new public interest in puppetry, both in America and worldwide, Christians began to see the potential in t ... Read »


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    • The Clue of the Dancing Puppet

    • The Clue of the Dancing Puppet

      The Clue of the Dancing Puppet is the thirty-ninth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1962 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. At the Van Pelt estate, home of a local acting troupe, a mysterious dancing puppet haunts th ... Read »


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    • Costumed character

    • A costumed character wears a costume that usually (but not always) covers the performer's face. These range from theme park "walk-around" or "meetable" characters, the mascots of corporations, schools, or sports teams to novelty act performers. Some costumes cover the performer's face; others, especially those in theme ... Read »


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    • The Death of Little Ibsen

    • The Death Of Little Ibsen is a puppet play about the life of Henrik Ibsen performed in May 2006 at the Sanford Meisner Theater in New York City. It was created by Wakka Wakka Productions. The puppets were created by Kirjan Waage, a co-founder and member of Wakka Wakka. The Death of Little Ibsen began its fall 2006 tour ... Read »


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    • Digital puppetry

    • Digital puppetry is the manipulation and performance of digitally animated 2D or 3D figures and objects in a virtual environment that are rendered in real time by computers. It is most commonly used in filmmaking and television production, but has also been used in interactive theme park attractions and live theatre. ... Read »


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    • Glove puppetry

    • Glove puppetry (Chinese: 布袋戲; pinyin: bùdàixì; Pe̍h-ōe-jÄ«: pò͘-tē-hì) is a type of opera using cloth puppets that originated during the 17th century in Quanzhou or Zhangzhou of China's Fujian province, and historically practised in the Min Nan-speaking areas such as Quanzhou ... Read »


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    • Hand puppet

    • A hand puppet is a type of puppet that is controlled by the hand or hands that occupies the interior of the puppet.Glove puppets are a variation of hand puppets. Rod puppets require one of the puppeteer's hands inside the puppet glove holding a rod which controls the head, and the puppet's body then hangs over most or ... Read »


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    • Handspring Puppet Company

    • The Handspring Puppet Company is a puppetry performance and design company established in 1981 by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, situated in Cape Town, South Africa. Thys Stander is the company's chief puppet maker. Jones and Kohler met at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town. Both openly gay, they began ... Read »


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    • Hun krabok

    • Traditional Thai puppets or Hun krabok (Thai: หุ่นกระบอก) are one type of performing art in Thailand. It originated in the reign of King Rama V(Chulalongkorn) with its original form being influenced by Hainan puppetry (Chinese puppet theatre). There are 6 types of ... Read »


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    • Hun lakhon lek

    • Hun lakhon lek (or Hun lakorn lek) is a type of traditional small Thai puppet which uses three puppeteers working together to produce a character with more mobility and lifelike movement. Hun la korn lek has been a form of entertainment for the Thai people and foreigners alike for more than a century. It was inven ... Read »


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    • Jerk (play)

    • Jerk is a one-person puppet play by the American writer Dennis Cooper, made in collaboration with director Gisèle Vienne and performer Jonathan Capdevielle, based on Cooper's 1993 novel of the same name. It is based on the story of serial killer Dean Corll and his teenage accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Hen ... Read »


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    • Kathputli (Puppet)

    • Kathputli is a string puppet theatre, native to Rajasthan, India, and is the most popular form of Indian puppetry. Being a string marionette, it is controlled by a single string that passes from the top of the puppet over the puppeteers. Kathputli is a join of two rajasthani language words Kath meaning wood and Pu ... Read »


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    • Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre (KIPT)

    • Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre also known as KIPT is a Kenyan non-governmental and non-profit technical advisory and management community based theatre institute, which was founded in 2007. KIPT uses puppetry, participatory educational theatre and folk media in life skills promotion, community education and cultura ... Read »


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    • El Leila El Kebira

    • El Leila El Kebira (The Grand Night) Arabic ()is a famous Egyptian puppet operetta, written by Salah Jahin and the music by Sayed Mekawy in the 1960s. It formed a big part of the Egyptian folklore due to its expressive and funny depiction of the moulid. The operetta describes the celebration of the last night of the m ... Read »


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    • Loeki de Leeuw

    • Loeki the Lion was an animated puppet who appeared on Dutch public television from 1972 to 2004. He appeared in sketches that often lacked dialogue and was noted for his clumsiness and his catchphrase, "Asjemenou?" which, roughly translated into English, is "What the heck?" He was named after the famous International f ... Read »


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    • Mamulengo

    • Mamulengo is a type of puppet performance popular in North East Brazil, especially in the state of Pernambuco. The origin of the name is unclear, but it is believed that it originated with the Portuguese phrase mão molenga, meaning "soft hand", ideal for giving lively movements to a puppet. For Luís da Câmara ... Read »


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    • Marionette

    • A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations. A marionette's puppeteer is called a marionettist. Marionettes are operated with the puppeteer hidden or revealed to an audience by using a vertical or horizontal control bar in different forms of theatres or enterta ... Read »


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    • The Marionettes

    • The Marionettes

      The Marionettes (1963) (variously translated as "The Puppets" as well) is a puppetry play by Bahram Beyzai, and one of the most important plays of the Persian language. It has been staged numerous times in various languages around the world. Together with two subsequent plays, namely Evening in a Strange Land (1963) an ... Read »


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    • Million Puppet March


    • Gerald Morice

    • Gerald Charles Trentham Morice (1907-1986) was a journalist, theatre critic and collector of toy theatres and printed ephemera. He was the founder of the British branch of UNIMA, the international puppet organisation and a founder member of the British Model Theatre Guild. From an aristocratic family with a connection ... Read »


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    • Moving panorama

    • The moving panorama was a relative, more in concept than design, to panoramic painting, but proved to be more durable than its fixed and immense cousin. In the mid-nineteenth century, the moving panorama was among the most popular forms of entertainment in the world, with hundreds of panoramas constantly on tour in the ... Read »


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    • Nang Talung

    • Nang Talung (Thai: หนังตะลุง|หนังตะลุง) Nang Talung is a shadow puppet and old culture shows from the south of Thailand. Similar arts are found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia.Nang literally means skin or hide, and i ... Read »


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    • Nang yai

    • Nang yai (Thai: ) is a form of shadow play found in Thailand. Puppets are made of buffalo hide, while the story is narrated by songs, chants and music. literally means skin or hide; in common usage, a drama puppet or drama; by extension, motion picture films. "Nang Yai" specifically means "large shadow puppet". It is ... Read »


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    • Ondel-ondel

    • Ondel-ondel is a form of folk performance using large puppets. It originated from Betawi, Indonesia and is often performed in festivals. The word ondel-ondel refers to both the performance and the puppet. Ondel-ondel, the puppet, is about 2.5 meters tall with ± 80 cm diameter, made of woven bamboo. It is constructe ... Read »


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    • Opera dei Pupi

    • Opera dei Pupi

      The Opera dei Pupi (Opera of the Puppets; Sicilian: Òpira rî pupi) is a marionette theatrical representation of Frankish romantic poems such as The Song of Roland or Orlando furioso that is one of the characteristic cultural traditions of Sicily. The sides of donkey carts are decorated with intricate, painted sce ... Read »


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    • Opera in Focus

    • William B. Fosser's puppet production Opera in Focus is a troupe which performs opera and musical theater with some of the world's most sophisticated puppets. The Opera in Focus puppet opera theater is located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Fosser, a puppeteer and artistic director of the legendary Kungsholm Miniat ... Read »


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    • Pelham Puppets

    • Pelham Puppets were simple wooden marionette puppets made in England by Bob Pelham (1919–1980), starting in 1947. While mainly known for making marionettes, the company also manufactured glove puppets, rod puppets and ventriloquist puppets. Bob Pelham initially started the company as Wonky Toys Ltd on 20 May ... Read »


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    • Les Poupées de Paris


    • Punch and Judy

    • Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically Mr. Punch and one other character (who usually falls victim to M ... Read »


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    • Puppet

    • A puppet is an object, often resembling a human, animal or mythical figure, that is animated or manipulated by a person called a puppeteer. The puppeteer uses movements of her hands, arms, or control devices such as rods or strings to move the body, head, limbs, and in some cases the mouth and eyes of the puppet. The p ... Read »


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    • Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis

    • The Puppet Guild of Greater Saint Louis consists of people interested in puppetry. Typically the guild has included professional puppeteers, teachers, librarians, scout leaders, and other walks of life. Some members are performers who perform for small groups, others are professionals, and others are just people who li ... Read »


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    • The Puppet Play of Don Cristóbal


    • Puppet skit

    • A Puppet Skit is short play that is performed using one or more puppets as characters. Because of the uniqueness of bringing an inanimate object to life, these skits are generally humorous. ... Read »


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    • Puppetista

    • Puppetista is a word coined in 2000 by a group of puppeteers who make and use puppets in street theater and political demonstrations. Formed by combining the words "puppet" and Zapatista, the term originated in the Northeastern United States and quickly picked up use in the South, Midwest and on the West Coast of the U ... Read »


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    • Puppetoon

    • Puppetoon animation is a type of replacement animation, which is itself a type of stop-motion animation. In traditional stop-motion, the puppets are made with movable parts which are repositioned between frames to create the illusion of motion when the frames are played in rapid sequence. In puppetoon animation the pup ... Read »


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    • Puppetry of the Penis

    • Puppetry of the Penis is a performance show. The show was initially conceived by Australian Simon Morley as the title of an art calendar, showcasing 12 of his favourite penis installations (known as Dick Tricks). On New Year's Eve in 1997 he had a garage full of calendars to sell, and with requests for live demonstrati ... Read »


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    • El retablo de maese Pedro

    • El retablo de maese Pedro

      El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter's Puppet Show) is a puppet-opera in one act with a prologue and epilogue, composed by Manuel de Falla to a Spanish libretto based on an episode from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The libretto is an abbreviation of chapter 26 of the second part of Don Quixote, with some line ... Read »


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    • SAGA (play)

    • SAGA is a play written and directed by Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, performed by Wakka Wakka Productions in collaboration with Nordland Visual Theatre. According to Wakka Wakka's website, SAGA features 30 puppets, ranging from 3 inches to 10 feet, portrayed by an international cast of puppeteers from Iceland, No ... Read »


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    • Shadow play

    • Shadow play which is also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other ... Read »


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    • Shadowmation

    • Shadowmation is a patented animation process (U.S. Patent 6,870,574) created by Mitchell Kriegman. It uses realtime virtual sets and bunraku style team puppetry (some puppets are controlled by up to three puppeteers), thus combining live action animatronic characters with computer generated animation in real time, high ... Read »


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    • Shakes versus Shav

    • Shakes versus Shav

      Shakes versus Shav (1949) is a puppet play written by George Bernard Shaw. It was Shaw's last completed dramatic work. The play runs for 10 minutes in performance and comprises a comic argument between Shaw and Shakespeare, with the two playwrights bickering about who is the better writer as a form of intellectual equi ... Read »


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    • Inna Solomonik

    • Inna Naumovna Solomonik (7 August 1932, Moscow – 14 July 2009, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian specialist on puppet theatre. She graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages in 1973 (first degree, diploma of French teacher) and got her PhD at the Institute of Oriental Studies under the USSR Academy of Scienc ... Read »


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    • Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

    • Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

      The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is located at 1–9 Short Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, in Pioneer Park, opposite the Fremantle railway station. The building was constructed as a commercial building in 1921. It is a two storey limestone building with a corrugated iron roof, constructed in the Federation ... Read »


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    • Splendors and Glooms

    • Spendors and Glooms

      Splendors and Glooms is a 2012 children's novel written by Laura Amy Schlitz. The book was awarded a 2013 Newbery Honor for excellence in children's literature. The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wea ... Read »


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    • Supermarionation

    • Supermarionation (a portmanteau of "super", "marionette" and "animation") is a puppetry technique devised in the 1960s by British production company AP Films. It was used extensively in the company's numerous Gerry and Sylvia Anderson-produced action-adventure series, the most famous of which was Thunderbirds. The term ... Read »


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    • Swazzle

    • A swazzle (Swozzle, Schwazzle or Swatchel) is a device made of two strips of metal bound around a cotton tape reed. The device is used to produce the distinctive harsh, rasping voice of Punch and is held in the mouth by the Professor (performer) in a Punch and Judy show. The swazzle is positioned between the tongu ... Read »


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    • Tholpavakoothu

    • Tholpavakoothuis a form of shadow puppetry that is practiced in Kerala, India. It is performed using leather puppets as a ritual dedicated to Bhadrakali and is performed in Devi temples in specially built theatres called koothumadams. This art form is especially popular in the Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram district ... Read »


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    • Toy theater

    • Toy theater, also called paper theater and model theater (also spelt theatre, see spelling differences), is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theaters were often printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudevil ... Read »


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    • UNIMA

    • UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette - International Puppetry Association) was founded in Prague in 1929 (the then Czechoslovak magazine Loutkář was UNIMA's first official journal in years 1929-1930). In 1981, the French puppeteer Jacques Félix moved UNIMA's headquarters to Charleville-Mézières, ... Read »


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    • Water puppetry

    • Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. "Making puppets dance on water") is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppe ... Read »


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    • Wayang

    • Wayang (Krama Javanese: ꦫꦶꦁꦒꦶꦠ꧀ Ringgit) is a Javanese word for a theatrical performance with puppets or human dancers. When the term is used to refer to kinds of puppet theatre, sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as wayang. Performances of shadow puppet theatre are accompanie ... Read »


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    • World Puppetry Day

    • World Puppetry Day, comes every March 21. The idea came from the puppet theater Artist Javad Zolfaghari from Iran. In 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg, he made the proposal for discussion. Two years later, at a meeting of the International Council of UNIMA i ... Read »


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    • Yerevan State Marionettes Theatre

    • The Yerevan State Marionette Theater was founded in 1987. It was the third one in the territory of the former USSR (after similar theaters of Leningrad, now St Petersburg and Tbilisi) and the first one, which staged performances both for adults and for children. The first performance was "The three piglets". After th ... Read »


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    • The Young New Mexican Puppeteer

    • "The Young New Mexican Puppeteer" (1972) is a single by Tom Jones that tells the story of a puppeteer from New Mexico, who uses puppets to encourage social and political change. The song is written by Earl Shuman and Leon Carr. The melody of the song's chorus is adapted from the score of the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio. ... Read »


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