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Christmas with puppets at Topic
Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:47

Christmas has arrived to TOPIC and we celebrate it with three puppet companies, on the 18th and 30th of December and the 8th of January, plus a magic show on the 7th of January.

This especial Christmas program begins on Saturday 18th of December with the play “Rutinas” (routines), carried out by Eugenio Navarro’s company. A Catalan production that brings a puppet staging inspired on the European popular tradition that throughout centuries have been portrayed by travelling puppeteers in streets, squares, parks and small theatres for children as well as for adults. As the title indicates, “Rutinas” is a series of manipulation sketches along with some representative characters from the classic repertoire: the ghost, the matador and the bull, the death, the devil, the bride, the baby...with barely any talking and a strong visual impact. The protagonist of “Rutinas” is Malik, the Iberian Adventurer, (a character created by La Fanfarra from Barcelona back in 1976), that in this occasion he will confront with a rebellion of different characters and various elements in this absurd comedy for billyclub puppets.

 
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Topic’s Christmas program presents the Wizard of Oz.
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 08:26

Puppets and flamenco join together in this play that the company Buho y Maravillas (Owl and wonders) stages this coming Thursday.

The Wizard of Oz is a spectacle that mixes music and flamenco singing with puppets. The main character is Dorothy, who after suffering a knock, she is transferred to the wonderful world of Oz. In the search of finding her way back home she will cross with different characters and obstacles to get her way back home. These characters find themselves in the need of asking for help to the Wizard of Oz and, after experiencing together different adventures, each one will achieve his own reason to exist. Dorothy will come back home and their lives will finally make sense again.

The story shows how different characters depart in order to find the essential virtues for life, such as the value of the family, home and self-confidence (Dorothy), wisdom (the scarecrow), love (the tin man), courage (the lion). These are values and virtues that we can find in ourselves. It is specially addressed to children between the age of 4 and 11 and to families in general.
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Interview with Topic’s Directors
Monday, 29 November 2010 14:02


The radio show ‘No es un día cualquiera’ (not any day) from Radio Nacional de España and run by Pepa Fernández was hosted in Tolosa last weekend on the 27th and 28th of November. The live broadcast was carried out from the theatre at Topic, where other program collaborators took part such as Jose María Iñigo and other invitees such as the music band ‘El Consorcio’ and the Major of Tolosa, Jokin Bildarratz, among others.

On the Sunday session the radio show focused on the Tolosa Puppets International Centre, TOPIC, with an interview with its two Directors, Miguel Arreche and Idoya Otegui, which content can be listened here (WMA format) or here (mp3 format).

The Director of the radio program and the whole team left the Topic delighted with this visit, as Pepa Fernández’s words reflect in her blog “No es un día cualquiera”, in which among other things she writes the following “the museum is a big pleasure. I would say it is even more than that: is magic. You feel the sensation of entering a tale. I am not going to unveil why but I would love that they have the chance to discover it by themselves”.
 



 
A workshop for children to play and learn
Thursday, 09 December 2010 16:10

Coinciding with Christmas festive, Topic is arranging a workshop for children. The period for enrolment is already open.

Topic organizes these activities where children will be able to play while learning. The first workshop, which is taking place from the 27th until the 30th of December, from ten in the morning till one o’clock in the afternoon, is called “A TV show with puppets” and it is a workshop where children will create their own TV show with puppets. Following the trail of their favourite TV programs such as ‘Sesame Street’, or ‘The Lunnis’, they are going to learn how these are produced. It will be a ‘Topic Street’.

In four sessions they will create their own puppets (simple dolls with mouth and eyes) and along with them a character of news program, as well as the reporters and their stories. The script will be also created by them, by improvising. They will learn to collectively create and they will meet the language of the camera. This workshop is specially addressed to children from 6 years old onwards and it is developed in both Spanish language and Euskera (Basque language). The enrolment period is open and this can be made through the following telephone number 943650414 or at Topic’s offices, at Plaza Euskal Herria in Tolosa. The price of the workshop is of 25 Euros.

 
Titirijai 2010 ended with more than eleven thousand spectators
Monday, 06 December 2010 10:59

The Tolosa International Puppets Festival will focus in the next edition on Swiss puppets.

Titirijai 2010 came to an end yesterday after nine days of performances and is looking forward for the next edition, which will have Switzerland as the guest country. In the current edition, the twenty-eighth one, there were displayed 56 plays in various venues in Tolosa and 24 more performances in the circuit around the province that has brought some of the Festival’s shows to different locations.

Alone in Tolosa the festival has exceeded eleven thousand spectators, around two thousand less spectators in comparison with the 2008 edition, the last one before the big economic crises, which has had a negative bearing on all cultural events. However, the average assistance to each show has considerably increased since there have been 21 performances less in Tolosa comparing to those staged in 2008. On the other hand, the Japanese puppet exhibition, which is opened until the 7th of December at Palacio Aranburu, has had at the time of writing some 10.000 visitors.

The artistic assessment of the Tolosa Puppet International Festival is good, according to Miguel Arreche, co director of Titirijai along with Idoya Otegui. In his opinion, “this has been an interesting festival, with some shows that have delighted the audience and others that have created controversy, which it seems to me it is a positive aspect in a festival”. There was also what Arreche calls “some disappointments”. He refers to “those shows with a contemporary touch coming from Japan, with too much western influence, as if it was a kind of Disneyland. However, the classic Japanese puppet works have definitely captivated both professionals and the general public.


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