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With marionette groups stringing along their puppets to impersonate characters,
workshops being held for children to design fairies, an exhibit starring Czech
Republic puppets, and international movies featuring an unheard-of puppet world,
this year’s Holon International Puppet Theater and Film Festival, which runs
through July 25, will be showcasing a plethora of creations.
festival is unique – it’s a festival of the whole puppetry experience,” IIan
Savir, the artistic director of the event, told The Jerusalem Post this week.
“You can watch a show... and you’re exposed to the artistic subject that the
creator wants you to be exposed to. But if you are more interested, if you want
to take more time to observe... you can go to the museum, which is open free of
charge. It’s not just come-buy-a-ticket-andgo- home – there are outdoor
performances as well. It’s up to every person to decide how much time he wants
to spend with us during the festival, and how much time they want to devote to
According to its website, the festival’s goal is “to
expose the public to the many facets and nuances of puppet theater as a
qualitative, accessible and communicative art form for any audience, of
groups; to raise public consciousness of the complexity of artistic work
field, both on stage and on the screen; to promote top-quality Israeli
supporting original productions; to broaden the horizons of Israeli
facilitating interaction with artists from abroad in shows, workshops
The festival will include three international puppet shows,
said Yifat Weiss, the public relations spokesperson for the
Making its way from France is the children’s show Peter and the
Wolf and the Three Pigs, created by Mark Rossi and Christophe Bastien,
Adele Stijn and Cecil Laurier participating. The story unravels with the
Peter who has escaped from his grandfather and meets a bird, a duck, and
to help hunters catch the bad wolf. This leads into the famous story
three pigs who each build their house with different material while the
malevolent wolf plots evil ways to destroy the houses. This second half
story is told without any dialogue.
Another international puppet act
hails from Scotland, telling the story of Cinderella, as created by
Critics praised reviewed the show as “A female puppet theater production
many brilliant inventions and most mischievous wit” (Herald).
from Prague comes Karromato, which performs their marionette show titled
“Empire’s Feast.” It’s a musical based on parts of Mozart’s life, with a
questioning the dilemma of having to choose between creative freedom and
reality of having to make money.
Beyond the puppet performances there
will also be 80 activities for children and adults combining opera,
There will also be workshops held where children can design their
own puppets, shadows, and fairies.
There will be two exhibits, one of
which, from the Czech Republic, is titled “Puppet Theatre Naïve.” It
collection of puppets from different shows from the last fifty years.
second, called “Minister of the eagle,” has different shadow puppets,
for television shows.
In addition, four international films will be
shown. Making its way from PILI Multimedia in Taiwan comes Enchanted
Legend, and from the US, Don Quixote, Faust, and Raped Dolls.Tickets for
the festival can be purchased at (03) 502-1552