Death of Henryk Jurkowski
General Secretary - 03/01/2016
UNIMA and the world of puppet theatre has lost one of its greatest pillars of scholarly research and artistic talent beyond compare.
Henryk Jurkowski, our Honorary President and dear friend is no more.
Henryk was an inspiration to puppeteers all over the world, those he met, those he taught and many who read his articles and books on the art and science of puppet theatre.
Henryk contribution and work spans a whole era, the art which he so loved and the art that he most profoundly brought alive to all of us, his smile, the twinkle in his eye and his encouragement to younger generations of puppeteers the world over, will be sincerely missed by all of us.
Many of us met him last in Charleville, it was a pleasure and treat to see him in all his spirit and energy in the conferences and interactions during the festival and seminar sessions.
His word was truly admired and accounted for by each one of us who had the pleasure and honour of meeting him through these many years , both in UNIMA as also in many fora around the globe.
There are few like him with his critical eye and intellect, his thought and word as also his friendship will live ever more.
In deepest condolences to his family, friends and all of us puppeteers who will always keep him close in our hearts.
Dear Henryk may you rest in everlasting peace, and may you guide us where ever you are.
Dadi D. Pudumjee
We invite you to read the article of the French Encyclopedia concerning him.
In last September, a tribute was paid to him, in Charleville Mézières, during the simposium of the UNIMA Training Commission, in the IIM, and Marek Waszkiel read a vibrant homage that could allow you to remember, to again discover the dimension of who is letting us, today, like orphans.
Homage from Marek Waszkiel (in French)
As a frequent and welcome visitor in Finland ever since the 1980´s Henryk Jurkowski had a great impact on the development of the Finnish puppet theatre. He truly opened our minds to wider perspectives of the art of puppetry: its philosphy, history, theory and research.
Henryk was indeed the highly cultivated, resourceful and passionate Savant of our art form, always warm and kind towards the puppet theatre enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike.
Some ten years ago, at the end of the succesful Mukamas Puppet Theatre Symposium in Tampere, we shared an emotional moment with him when he started to sing and the audience joined in:” I cannot come to you to-day…” It was the Polish Partisan Walz, which was close to his heart from the years of the Resistance Movement in Poland.
We miss and remember Henryk with deep gratitude and warm affection.
Jeg har forstatt forelesningene hans, som gir næring til forståelse. Skillet mellom barne- og voksenteater kom veldig sent. Figurteatret var for alle og barna ble på ingen måte skjermet for opplevelser i gamle dager Uttrykksikonet smile Jeg minnes han med stor respekt og glede!
Brit Steinsvik, Dukkoppteatret
We deeply regret the loss!
Tribute to his memory!
Dear fellow Polish puppeteers,
The world of puppets in Poland and the globe on this sad day actually became richer with the eternal soul of Henryk Jurkowski.
For all of us, who work and live with the magnificent power of both magic and honesty, simplicity and inspiration is hard to say Good Bye to our beloved colleague, teacher, friend and idol – Mr. Henryk Jurkowski. So we are not saying good bye – what we say is Thank You!
Thank you for the kindness, the exquisite professional approach and the enormous love, the devotion to the world of puppets and puppeteers. We do remember and spread them and thus hope to make the world a better place!
AKT UNIMA Bulgaria
Que la tierra le sea leve.