Short description of the PUCK Puppet Theater

PUCK Puppet Theater from Cluj-Napoca was founded in 1950 and its history was written by well-established artists in the field, such as: Kovács Ildikó, Aureliu Manea, Mona Marian, Maria Mierlut, Varga Ibolya, Rumi László, Pály János, Bogdan Ulmu, Alexandru Rusan, Edit Botar, Virgil Svintiu, Eugenia Tãrãsescu Jianu, Epaminonda Tiotiu, Sandu Marian, Horea Pop and Péter János, Doina Dejica, Frunzina Anghel, Bothos Julia, Csortán Márton, György László and Calin Mureșan.

Reference shows in the repertoire of PUCK Theater include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ubu the King, Widow Karnyó, Sânziana and Pepelea, Animal Stories, Cinderella, The Puss in Boots, Endless Youth and Life without Death, Little Red Ridinghood, Whitesnow, The Reed Princess, and many more.

Since 2002, PUCK Theater has been the organizer of “Puck” International Festival of Puppet And Marionette Theatres, where important puppet theaters from Romania and Europe are invited to participate. The festival has reached 18 editions in 2019, bringing together notable national and international artists. In 2017, PUCK Theater, in collaboration with ESUA and Lions International, organized the first edition of WonderPuck Street Festival. Its second edition took place in September 2018. This year’s edition will be held between September 13-15.

Focusing on the students

Our project started as a response to an organic need, regarding the educational field of puppetry in Romania. First, there are very little opportunities for students that are graduating a puppetry school in terms of opportunities. Secondly, few Universities in Romania have a puppetry and children’s theatre curriculum. Because of these and other implicit factors, the community of puppeteers in Romania is a scattered one. We want to create the opportunity for this community to emerge, to coagulate itself in order to learn together for creating genuine vocational relations among the students from Romania and other European countries.

So far, this network is happening during ,,Puck” International Festival of Puppet And Marionette Theatres, with a special focus on students work.  This year’s edition will be held between 14th – 19th of October.

Moreover, our long-term objective is to develop a cultural hub for studying the art of puppeteering on many levels such as: giving an opportunity to create relations between students and institutions, developing skills on handling puppets, creating a network for substantial and updated information in the field and offering thematic workshops.

 

For this year’s edition, we have in plan:

A workshop of stop motion in puppetry, coordinated by Magali Chouinard, addressed to actors and students, and two performances: The White Woman and Nomad Soul, https://www.magalichouinard.com/

A workshop in the art of Commedia dell’ Arte coordinated by Gaspare Nasuto https://gasparenasuto.wixsite.com/ladomusdipulcinella/english

A network of puppetry students from Romania and from other European countries, in which they will perform their exam shows. Each performance will be scheduled in such a way, so every student will see each other’s performances.

A national competition between ten of the most recent creations of the Romanian puppet theaters.

An international network of creators and programmers interested in puppetry.