Union Internationale de la Marionnette

Non-Governmental Organization affiliated to UNESCO


PuppetPlays (2019-2024) is a research programme funded by the European Union under the framework of Horizon 2020 programme funded by the European Research Council (GA. 835193). Led by Didier Plassard (Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3), it aims at gathering, studying and making know the plays written for puppet and marionette in Western Europe, from the 17th to the 21st century.

After a first conference dedicated to the plays composed by writers (Literary Writing for Puppets in Western Europe, Montpellier, 2021), the second international conference will be devoted exclusively to works produced by puppeteers: traditional plays and scripts, adaptations and variation, collective works, “écritures de plateau”.

Coming from different European and American countries, researchers and artists will pay attention to the following questions:
– When is the text set? How is it determined by the choice of instruments, materials or collaborators?
– What means are used for the composition? Writing? Storyboarding? Video recording?
– What traces remain of the performance once its life cycle is over?
– What role can institutions play in the preservation and valorization of this theatrical heritage?
The conference will alternate between papers by researchers, speeches by artists and round tables.

International conference open to all, with free access, in person and by videoconference.

23rd to 25th May 2023

In person
in Montpellier
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3
Site Saint‑Charles 1
71 rue du Professeur Henri Serre
34090 Montpellier – France

The whole conference will be broadcast live on the Zoom videoconference plateforme with simultaneous interpretation into English from French.

Registration for the videoconference will open shortly.

Contact : Claire-Marine Parodi claire-marine.parodi@univ-montp3.fr / Carole Guidicelli carole.guidicelli@univ-montp3.fr