Union Internationale de la Marionnette

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INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COURSE IN PUPPET THERAPY 2024 – 11th Edition  Puppet Therapy Barcelona calls for applications to the 11th edition of its International Online Course in Puppet Therapy. This Online Course, created in 2017, is designed for and focuses on the use of puppets and objects in the expressive and therapeutic dimension: to rescue memory and learnt hopelessness. The Puppet Therapy course invites you to be part of a journey where creativity and the exchanging of experiences between students and teachers from various fields and places around the globe are combined. THE COURSE IN PUPPET THERAPY INTEGRATES Theory, practice and research on the therapeutic potential of puppets and animated forms An extensive and... A heartfelt video and message from UNIMA Brazil Dear friends and colleagues, Please find below a link to a video made about the tragedy in southern Brazil. We are continuing our fundraising campaign for humanitarian aid for the artists who lost their spaces, materials and equipment and need all kinds of support. Financial contributions can be made through the paypal account:  contatoaprtb@gmail.com. https://youtu.be/WaPWMwJGJdk?si=2dJYGJIBJ9BN3oUK Video made with financial support from the SOS RS donations campaign, by ABTB - UNIMA Brazil Center. Subtitles in English . Once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your solidarity! ABTB - UNIMA Brazil Center   Next Puppetraining session: Académie Ivorie Marionnettes Announcement: Next Puppetry Training Session Mark your calendars for the next Puppetraining session: Turning the Spotlight on Training in Puppetry Arts Date: June 28th, 2024 Time: 14:00 CET Featured Presenter: Soro Badrisa - Académie Ivorie Marionnettes (Cote d'Ivoire) Language: French No registration is required to attend. Simply join the Zoom meeting at the appointed time using the link below. Zoom Link: Join the Meeting Meeting ID: 5708570857 Password: armonia Don't miss this insightful session! SOS RS - Support Puppeteers of Rio Grande do Sul   All of us at UNIMA are deeply moved by the devastating floods affecting Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with everyone in the impacted communities, particularly our colleagues, friends, and their families during this difficult time. We stand in solidarity with all those affected and are committed to supporting relief and recovery efforts. To facilitate this, we are sharing important donation information: You can contribute either by transferring any amount directly to ABTB UNIMA Brazil's PayPal account: contatoaprtb@gmail.com, or by purchasing one of the two Masterclasses offered by world-renowned artist Nina Vogel, as a creative way... La Hoja Titiritera – May 2024 La Hoja Titiritera – May 2024 Language: Spanish Exciting news! The May 2024 issue of La Hoja Titiritera is been published and is now available in Spanish! Proposed by the UNIMA Three Americas Commission, this magazine offers a comprehensive compilation of puppetry content. Whether you're a devoted puppet enthusiast or simply seeking engaging material, this magazine covers a diverse range of interests. Download your copy now:  Publication/la-hoja-titiritera-may-2024/ Happy reading! PUPPET SATURDAY: May 11 - UNIMA Nordic Lecture Series PUPPET SATURDAY  11. May 2024 – 13:00 CET Part of the Puppet Saturdays lecture series by UNIMA Nordic It's time for the 4th Puppet Saturday Lecture from UNIMA Nordic. This time we discuss the art of Puppetry in Intimate Spaces with Franco/Finnish artists Perrine Ferrafiat and Mila Nirhamo from TeatteriQO. "Puppetry fits into small doors. Perrine Ferrafiat and Mila Nirhamo have created performances that can take place wherever the audience lives, from cities to remote villages. On a boat, with a bike or in a touring caravan, the shows are accessible to all, yet artistically ambitious. The choice of intimate spaces is... UNIMA at 95: Words from UNIMA President Karen Smith 95 Years Young and Going Strong!   As we all know, the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, or UNIMA, was created in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1929, with the goal of globally promoting the puppetry arts. May 20 of this year will mark UNIMA’s 95th birthday! This is yet another wonderful opportunity to celebrate our amazing organization.   We are all proud to be members of the oldest international theatre organization in the world. What, we might ask, has ensured UNIMA’s longevity and endurance, in spite of a devastating world war and seemingly never-ending regional conflict? Of course, it’s the puppets! It’s our shared... Celebrate UNIMA's 95th Anniversary at the JEM Festival 2024 Join us on May 20th from 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM CET at the Théâtre Royal du Peruchet in Brussels or online from anywhere in the world for the "Roundtable on the Culture of Peace," marking the 95th anniversary of UNIMA International. The meeting will be conducted in English. The event will begin with opening remarks from Mr. Dimitri Jageneau, Director and Owner of Théâtre Royal du Peruchet and General Secretary of UNIMA International, followed by a keynote address from Mr. Nick Newland, President of the UNESCO NGO Liaison Committee. A special message from Madam Karen Smith, President of UNIMA... Puppetraining: Universidade de Brasília and Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina Announcement: UNIMA Professional Training Commission Presents "Puppetraining" The UNIMA Professional Training Commission is thrilled to announce the next session of "Puppetraining," our international series featuring presentations by distinguished training institutions in puppetry from around the globe. Date & Time: April 26, 2024, at 14:00 CET (Online via Zoom) To register, please follow this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAod-ugqjMvGtzBPbhqWZwkY2fgjAlYhk8K This upcoming session will highlight the exceptional work being done in Brazil, with presentations from Professors Fabiana Lazzari of Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and Paulo Balardim of Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC). Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading educators in the field and... PUPPET THERAPY BCN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL PRESENTATION Directed by: Andrea Markovits Assistant: Polo Fernández Guest: Cariad Astles As noted by the organizer: During 5 intensive days, in July 2024, in the center of Barcelona we will bring together some of our former students and new participants interested in the therapeutic power of puppets, art therapy, mental health and animated forms. Through its emphasis on international scenarios of emergencies and learned hopelessness, this training presents and reviews Muñecoterapia Chile’s model for research and intervention with adults, in the context of memory, notified and transgenerational trauma (Pos Memoria). The purpose is to bring together our experiences in the contemporary field... UNIMA YC Open session: AI&Puppetry, Vol 1. Genie from the Lamp.  Merriam Webster Dictionary named ‘Authenticity’ the word of the 2023 year in response to concerns over AI’s rapid development. There is a lot of talk around the role and potential impact of AI in our lives now and in the future. The question is, of course, particularly acute in the field of art. How do puppeteers feel about it? Inspired? Annoyed at all the hype? Frightened? Are there any interesting cases of using  AI in puppetry already in the world? Could AI be considered a new generation of puppets? Should UNIMA join the general discussion about the new copyright... Happy World Puppetry Day - Let There be Light! UNIMA PUPPET THATRE CINEMA - We are thrilled to announce that the World Puppetry Day 2024 marks the inception of a new initiative from the  Cooperation and Humanitas Commissions. In celebration of this year's most anticipated day, March 21st, we are embracing the  spirit of compassion and solidarity by introducing a new way to contribute to the UNIMA Emergency Aid Fund. Inspired by UNIMA members Mr. Edin Kmetas, CEO of Bosnian PLM - Mostar Puppet Theatre, Ms. Jelena Stojanovic Patrnogic, CEO of Serbian PDM - Theatre for Children and Youth Kragujevac, and Ms. Magdalena Lupi Alvir, CEO of Croatian GKL... Message of World Puppetry Day 2024 by Ines Pasic "Greetings on behalf of UNIMA worldwide to all puppeteers for the World Puppetry Day.   For my dear colleagues, walkers of the shared dream, interpreters of the timeless actuality...   We are people who exercise one of the humblest professions. The paradox is that, despite this, we converse, debate, and rage with the divine world with the intimacy and frankness of an old married couple.   Every time a wooden head comes to life in our hands or strings of a puppet reaffirm the connection between all living things, we rediscover ourselves as protagonists of the story represented.  Every time an animated object reveals the... INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COURSE IN PUPPET THERAPY 2024 – 10th English version Puppet Therapy Barcelona calls for applications to the 10th edition of its International Online Course in Puppet Therapy. This Online Course created in 2017 is designed and focused on the use of puppets and objects in the expressive and therapeutic dimension; to rescue memory and learnt hopelessness. The Puppet Therapy course invites you to be part of a journey where creativity, and the exchanging of experiences between students and teachers from different fields and places around the globe are combined. THE COURSE IN PUPPET THERAPY INTEGRATES ✔Theory, practice and research on the therapeutic potential of puppets and animated forms. ✔An extensive and current bibliography. ✔3 International... UNIMA Internationale Executive Committee 2024 Hybrid Meeting during Casteliers Festival in Montreal We are pleased to announce that the Casteliers festival in Montreal, scheduled from March 6 to 10, will be the distinguished host for the UNIMA Internationale Executive Committee 2024 hybrid meeting on March 5 and 6. Details: Event: Casteliers Festival and UNIMA Internationale Executive Committee Meeting Date: March 5-6, 2024 Location: Montreal, Canada Key Points: The morning sessions of the UNIMA meeting are open to all International Councilors as observers. Registration is mandatory for participation. Kindly register by sending an email to info@unima.org and contact@unima.org. We look forward to your active participation. Thank you for your attention! “Premieres of a season” – March 2024: All-Ukrainian annual virtual overview-competition of puppet theaters UNIMA-UKRAINE welcomes you and invites all the connoisseurs of puppetry art to join the online events offered by our centre. Since 2011, UNIMA-UKRAINE has hosted the All-Ukrainian annual virtual overview-competition of puppet theaters "Premieres of a season", within the framework of which all puppet theaters of Ukraine have the opportunity to submit video recordings of performances from the last season and compete for victory in the nominations "Best Performance for Children", "Best performance for teenagers and adults", "Best acting", "Best direction", "Best scenography", "Best dramaturgy" and others. This year, we have the honour to invite to the online broadcasts of performances... Puppetraining Seminar: Wayang, Indonesian Arts Institute, Denpasar, Bali Guest: I Nyoman Sedama Date: Friday, March 8, 2024 Time: 12:30 CET Language: English Zoom link: ZOOM DIRECT LINK The Professional Training Commission of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) will continue this year with the interview series: "Focus on Training in Puppetry Arts," aiming to discover the key approaches in teaching puppetry arts worldwide and meeting with leaders of institutions at the forefront of training professional puppeteers. The first session of this year 2024 is focused on Balinese Wayang, led by master I Nyoman Sedama, the director of the Indonesian Arts Institute, Denpasar, Bali. In this session, we will discuss the purpose of studying... WHAT A PUPPET CAN DO – APPLIED PUPPETRY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE A series of webinars by the Education, Development and Therapy Commission News for 2024:  A series of webinars on Zoom “What a Puppet Can Do – applied puppetry in theory and practice", starts on February 26th. Organised by the UNIMA Education, Development and Therapy Commission, the series will feature online lectures, workshops, exchange of ideas, and examples of good practice in all three fields: education, development and therapy. A number of themes are already being considered: the benefits of using puppets in education, specific means of expression in puppetry, the development of a scientific/theoretical basis for therapeutic puppetry, social and emotional... Call for Videos for International Peace Day! Deadline: February 29, 2024 Photo: Alexander Bogdan Thompson/"I Sisyphus"- Puppets Lab, Bulgaria Puppet Saturday Lecture Series: Inclusive Puppetry with Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko Join UNIMA Ukraine & UNIMA Nordic on 17. February, 2024 at 14:00 CET for the third Puppet Saturday Lecture Series event.  Dr. Kateryna Lukianenko will present on the Ukrainian theatre project The Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is an inclusive theatre research project for audiences with visual impairments. It explores a sensory theater format to develop inclusive performances where everything can be experienced equally - challenging how we engage with live performance. Spectators are invited to use all five senses (a 5D theater, as children in Ukraine called it) to discover a "sense" capable of making people equal as spectators. Taste,... From the General Secretary: The Rustling Horizon The Rustling Horizon, « Wer hat uns also umgredeht, dass wir was wir auch tun, in jener Haltung sind von einem, welcher fortgeht ? wie er auf dem letztem Hügel, der ihm ganz sein Tal noch einmal zeigt, sich wendet, anhält weilt-, so leben wir und nehmen immer Abschied. » (Rainer Maria Rilke, Die achte Elegie, Elegien de Duino) Who has twisted us around like this, so that no matter what we do, we are in the posture of someone going away? Just as, upon the farthest hill, which shows him his whole valley one last time, he turns, stops, lingers—, so we live here,... International PUPPET THERAPY Training, Spring 2024 in BARCELONA International PUPPET THERAPY Training Spring 2024 in BARCELONA Led by Andrea Markovits & Polo Fernández Guest Matthew Bernier PRESENTATION For the first time, we shall meet up in person with our colleague Matthew Bernier, after three years of collaborative teaching in the Puppet Therapy Online Course. Matthew will accompany us in this intensive week of creation and research, sharing our experiences and views on the contemporary field of Therapeutic Animated Forms. The International Puppet Therapy Training is a 5-day training course in the center of Barcelona, which aims to bring together former course students and other professionals interested in the therapeutic power of puppets, art... LA HOJA TITIRITERA INVITATION We extend the most cordial invitation to colleagues in the art of puppetry and Latin American researchers to collaborate with unpublished texts for LA HOJA TITIRITERA, in its new stage, to be published in the first quarter of 2024. The writings will be selected and scheduled by a Council Editorial, and must adhere to the following topics and guidelines: ● FORMAT: Word, letter size, Arial font, size 12, line spacing 1.15. Include 2-3 images/photographs with 300 dpi resolution. The author must identify himself with name, country, company (optional) and contact number with international telephone code. ● MINI-BIO: A short profile of... World Puppetry Day Video Project Call UNIMA proposes each year a video project to be realized individually or through workshops with children. This proposal is sent all over the world and all the videos are edited to be broadcast on the 21st of March! Here are some previous montages! Video 2023 Video 2022 Vídeo 2020 Vídeo 2018 The theme for 2024 is The Climate. Read more HERE. We call upon you all to submit video sequences between 15 to 30 seconds (filmed horizontally) of your training courses, creations, shows, workshops, constructions, drawings, scenography, animations. Feel free to invite students in schools, recreation centres, theatres, and workshops... What's happening in UNIMA? Projects, collaborations and more! View the November 2023 Newsletter: https://sendy.unima.org/w/jVmM8vdHhfWBOu7wkYIYFw 3rd International Artistic and Scientific Conference PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN ART, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION, A Report 3rd International Artistic and Scientific Conference PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN ART, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION Osijek, Croatia, 1st and 2nd December 2023 Organizer: Academy of Arts and Culture, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek One of the partners: UNIMA Education, Development and Therapy Commission Livija Kroflin and Olivia Karaolis (University of Sydney) – members of the Programme Committee One session was a hybrid one to make it possible for the EDT members to attend. Our members as participants: Matt Smith: workshop Section “PUPPETS” Livija Kroflin: moderator Oscar Goldszmidt: “An experience in a day care institution Maria Claro for disabled children” Felice Amato: “Through the hand: the hand puppet as integrated arts-research theme... APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 14TH ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS DE LA MARIONNETTE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION ON 8 JANUARY 2024 The next ESNAM entrance by examination (14th ESNAM class, 2024-2027) will take place in Charleville-Mézières (France) from 15 to 22 April 2024, with a start in September 2024. Online registration (application form): from Monday 8 January 2024 at 9:00am to Monday 5 February 2024 at 5:00pm (Paris time, UTC +1). Stages of the entrance by examination: pre-selection based on review of applications (shortlisting), week of 11 March 2024, then preliminary round with audition from 15 to 17 April 2024, and finally, probationary workshop and final exam from 18 to 22 April 2024. A guide detailing all the stages, from application to examination,... [CALL FOR ENTRY] AVIAMA 2024 puppet and mobility grants For the 6th consecutive year, AVIAMA is launching its mobility grants scheme in October to encourage projects in the field of puppetry. These Grants are intended for any person or company with a project involving: training, creation, innovation and research to promote the development of the art of puppetry and object theatre. ➡ Further information and full rules: https://www.aviama.org/en/call-for-applications-aviama-2024-awards-puppets-and-mobility/ Deadline for applications: Monday 15 January 2024 Full application sent by email to: contact@aviama.org International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival “PIERROT” International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival “PIERROT” was created in the year of 2000 under the initiative of Non-profit organization “PIERROT. It’s an unconventional European stage for puppetry, dedicated to a new and untypical art form: puppet theatre for adults. The festival is held once every two years in the period September 24 - 29. Organizers of the festival are State Puppet Theatre – Stara Zagora, Municipality of Stara Zagora, Non-profit organization “PIERROT”, Ministry of Culture with the organizational support of Bulgarian Center of UNIMA. IPTF “Pierrot” has a few main objectives as the most important one is development and... Message from UNIMA Dear Members and Friends of UNIMA, Our profound sympathies go out to all those impacted by current global conflicts, violence and grief, and we express our unwavering support for all artists and individuals enduring suffering. Our earlier statement was written to affirm our commitment to supporting all puppeteers and to the promotion of peace, culture and understanding. We apologise for any hurt or misunderstanding caused by our words. Art is a way of expressing our humanity and of bringing people together, to share our common goals, concerns, sorrows, hopes and visions. We recognise that words alone are insufficient and that many in our...


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