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The Topic is present at the exhibition of La Alhóndiga in Bilbao
Thursday, 24 February 2011 00:44

It shared a protagonist role with the light sculpture that has represented Bilbao at the World Expo of Shanghai.

The Topic of Tolosa shared a protagonist role last Tuesday at the Alhóndiga in Bilbao with the light sculpture that represented Bilbao at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In the ceremony there were present, along with the Major of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, the Deputy General, José Luis Bilbao, the Culture Councillor, Blanca Urgell, the Major of Tolosa, Jokin Bildarratz, the Topic’s co-director, Idoya Otegui and the president of the Tolosa Initiatives Centre, CIT, Ana Arreche, among others.

The stand that represented the city of Bilbao at the World Expo will coexist until the 1st of May with the puppets from the Topic at the old wine cellar, where the room will be shared with works of Chinese artists and a retrospective of the philosopher Walter Benjamin, in an exhibition titled precisely ‘Trans/Formations’.    
The Lehendakari visits the Topic
Saturday, 12 February 2011 12:40

Patxi Lopez comes to Tolosa in order to know the evolution and its future projects

The Lehendakari (President of the Basque Autonomous Community) has visited Tolosa to get to know the local reality, “the way it has developed, how it is developing and which are the future projects”. The importance of housing rehabilitation, the tourist attractions of the area and the strength of local businesses were the crux of the visit that the Lehendakari made to Tolosa. A region that is becoming a tourist reference pushed by the gastronomy and the puppets centre Topic.

It was an intense visit of the Lehendakari to Tolosa. Early in the morning he was welcomed by the town’s Major and at the same time President of EUDEL (the Association of Basque Municipalities). After the reception the institutional representatives walked through the old town and all the way from the town hall to the puppets centre Topic. The Lehendakari has described it as a “singular and unique centre in Europe, an international reference that puts Tolosa and the region in the world’s map”. Furthermore, he has highlighted its potential as a tourist attraction for ‘families’ that after visiting the centre can keep going on their tour around Tolosa and enjoy the good gastronomy of the region.

Taun Taun proposes a metaphor about life in their show ‘Batuta’
Sunday, 30 January 2011 12:21

The company from Guipuzcoa presents on the 12th of February at Topic a play based on classical music compositions.

“It is a metaphor about life that, as it happens with each and every existence, has its own stations, its own trips and a suitcase, where memories and experiences travel in it”, says Itsaso Azkarate, who along with Karlos Odriozola and Iñaki Mota make the actors-manipulators trio of this staging.

In ‘Batuta’ a musical route is offered, which starts with the most classical tunes from composers such as Bach, Mozart, Khachaturian, Haendel and Tchaikovsky, but they have also included other music styles because, as Azkarate explains “we already have classic tunes in other music styles such as pop and rock, with tunes from Elvis Presley and The Beatles; or in jazz music through various ‘standards’ such as ‘Satin doll’ or ‘Little girl’, which can be familiar for the little spectators. That is why we have included them among the rest in the soundtrack of the play”.

Thursday, 03 February 2011 19:52

We are looking for material related to Colorin in order to prepare an exhibition at Topic about this famous character

We are preparing an exhibition about Colorin, a famous Puppet show that was premiered for the first time in San Sebastian during the late fifties and it kept staging nearly until the year 2000. Jose Luis Villarejo and his wife, Conchita Momeñe, were the creators. The exhibition is scheduled for mid March and it will be open until June in the temporary exhibition hall at the Tolosa Puppet International Centre.

From Topic we make a call to those who can contribute with any related item such as memories, testimonies, pictures or even written tales about Colorin. This material, once it is selected, it will serve to complete the exhibition which the material we have so far has been kindly donated by Conchita Momeñe to Topic.

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The temporary exhibition on the Indonesian traditional puppets is extended until the 13th of March
Monday, 31 January 2011 11:50

“Indonesia Wayang Golek” is the fourth temporary exhibition arranged by Topic and it collects 91 pieces of an exquisite elaboration and aesthetic.

The exhibition, which was planned to close on the 31st of January, extends its presence in the temporary exhibition hall until the 13th of March. Name “Indonesia, Wayang Golek” it exhibits a total of 91 puppets, ninety of them being rod puppets and one shadow puppet. All of them belong to the Tolosa International Puppet Centre’s own private collection. This is the fourth temporary exhibition that Topic organizes since its opening back in November 2009. The first one was dedicated to “Puppets from Mali”, and followed by “China, characters of tradition” and “30 years of animated dolls”.

In the current exhibition, the visitors will find themselves with puppets owing a well-defined presence, “since they combine both manipulating techniques with aesthetic”, explains Maria San Sebastian, in charge of the Documentation Centre and Museum of Topic. “However, she continues, and despite of their similar appearance, each one of them is different from the rest regarding the headdress, clothing and skin pigmentation”.


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