puppetry theatre

Programme of the festival

  • 21.05
    16:00
    FIRE SHOW – TEATR ŚWIAT(Ł)A (POLAND) PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT – WALIMY W KOCIOŁ (POLAND)
    16:30
    FESTIVAL PARADE
    17:10
    OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE – LIVING PICTURE VISUAL THEATRE (HUNGARY)
    17:10-20:00
    LIVING STATUES – STREET ART MASTERS (POLAND)
    18:00
    THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 29TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PUPPETRY ART, DRAGONS – BANIALUKA PUPPET THEATRE (POLAND)
    20:30
    FIRE SHOW – TEATR ŚWIAT(Ł)A (POLAND)
    20:00
    Walimy w Kocioł Concert - Main Square
    21:00
    EURYDICE – TEATR BIURO PODRÓŻY (POLAND)
  • 22.05
    11:00
    PROCESS – BANIALUKA PUPPET THEATRE (POLAND)
    11:00
    WORKSHOP: PUPPETS CONNECTING GENERATIONS (POLAND)
    12:30
    WOMEN IN RED – LIVING PICTURE VISUAL THEATRE (HUNGARY)
    13:30
    PROCESS – BANIALUKA PUPPET THEATRE (POLAND)
    14:00
    WORKSHOP: THE ART OF STREET THEATRE – TEATR ŚWIAT(Ł)A (POLAND)
    14:30
    WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS: SOCIALLY COMMITTED PUPPET THEATRE – GRODZKI THEATRE (POLAND)
    18:00
    TRAVERSÉES - THÉÂTRE DE L’ENTROUVERT (FRANCE)
    20:00
    TRAVERSÉES - THÉÂTRE DE L’ENTROUVERT (FRANCE)
  • 23.05
    9:00
    MUM’S HAIR – BANIALUKA PUPPET THEATRE (POLAND)
    9:30
    TRAVERSÉES - THÉÂTRE DE L’ENTROUVERT (FRANCE)
    10:15
    WORKSHOP: PUPPET MAKING – COSTUME (POLAND)
    10:15
    WORKSHOP: IN THE LAND OF SHADOWS (POLAND) Wiktoria Kubisz Municipal Cultural Centre
    11:00
    MUM’S HAIR – BANIALUKA PUPPET THEATRE (POLAND)
    11:30
    TRAVERSÉES - THÉÂTRE DE L’ENTROUVERT (FRANCE)
    13:00
    MAMA - Academy of Theater. A. Zelwerowicz in Warsaw Branch in Białystok (Jan Wilkowski School Theater)
    16:00
    KLINIKA REKREACJI - Academy of Theater. A. Zelwerowicz in Warsaw Branch in Białystok (Jan Wilkowski School Theater)
    18:00
    CHAIKA – COMPAGNIE BELOVA-IACOBELLI (BELGIUM) – competition performance
    20:00
    ROMANCE – NATALIA SAKOWICZ (POLAND) – competition performance
  • 24.05
    10:00
    PERFORMATIVE READING OF A WORK AWARDED IN THE 33RD EDITION OF THE COMPETITION FOR THE BEST PLAY FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
    10:15
    WORKSHOP: PUPPET MAKING – MASK (POLAND)
    12:00
    WHITE FANG – DIVADLO DRAK (CZECHIA) – competition performance
    15:00
    THE HOUSE – SOFIE KROG TEATER (DENMARK)
    16:30
    MASTER WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS – SOFIE KROG TEATER (DENMARK)
    20:00
    THE HOUSE – SOFIE KROG TEATER (DENMARK) – competition performance
  • 25.05
    9:00
    BIG DEAL – OPOLE PUPPET AND ACTOR THEATRE (POLAND) – competition performance
    10:15
    WORKSHOP: PUPPET MAKING – HAND PUPPET (POLAND)
    11:00
    MECHANICS OF THE SOUL – ZERO EN CONDUCTA COMPANY (SPAIN) – competition performance
    13:00
    BIG DEAL – OPOLE PUPPET AND ACTOR THEATRE (POLAND)
    16:00
    THE JURY’S VERDICT AND THE CLOSING CEREMONY, CudaWianki FOLK CONCERT

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About the Festival

The best shows and the greatest artists

The International Festival of Puppetry Art is organised by the Jerzy Zitzman Banialuka Puppet Theatre every two years. It has been held for over 50 years now. Since its very beginning, which overlapped with politically difficult times, it has been a platform for a free flow of ideas and experience exchange as well as a meeting point for puppetry artists from the East and the West, all in a congenial atmosphere.

The Festival is a review of the most interesting and insightful performances by the most outstanding and renowned theatres from across the globe, including Poland. The programme of each edition of the Festival is the result of thorough and careful selection in the form of a competition. The international jury selects the winners of the Grand Prix, the award for the best performance for children, and special awards for shows of exceptional quality.

Thanks to its open framework, the Festival offers a variety of forms, motifs, and activities, including both performances as such and other accompanying events: exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and concerts. There are also outdoor shows open to the public, so the Festival is directed not only to puppetry experts but also to wide audiences. The Festival is always opened with a colourful puppet parade crossing the city of Bielsko-Biała. The participants of the festival, coming from all the European countries and other, more distant parts of the world, are accompanied by local amateur theatre groups of all ages.

All the editions of the Festival have been highly valued both by theatre critics and by the audience. The Festival has attracted a number of viewers from Poland and abroad. What is more, the event enjoys indisputable prestige among the theatrical community.

The idea of the Festival

The Puppetry Festival in Bielsko-Biała presents shows where the puppet is broadly understood as a subject rather than an object of the stage act. Contrary to the common concerns about the present condition of the puppet and the doubts regarding the definition of reviving the matter and of the limits of form, the Festival shows that puppets and other animated entities may undergo a variety of experiments but they still require the masterly hand of the puppeteer.

The space of the Festival is the space of the puppet theatre, where the manner of acting, the approach to the matter, and the stage means of expression are fundamentally different from the theatre where human actors play the main role. The study of the body along with its possibilities and limitations as well as references to the collective subconscious make the magic of the theatre a full element of the setting.

The performances search for a new language, a new way of communicating with the audience, and they present universal subjects, relevant to all people regardless of their age. In the light of global trends, the Festival in Bielsko-Biała is an example of artistic experiments in terms of both the form and the content as well as a creative approach to classic and modern literature, with subtle educational elements.

 

“The reality of the Festival is stretched between the two opposites: the faithfulness to tradition and the innovative trends, confronted with the living shape of modern puppetry, along with its magic, its marvel, its mystery.”

Maria Schejbal
(Teatr Lalek Banialuka 1997–2007, p. 79)

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