Sunday, December 28, 2008

Els Putxinellis

La Puntual is the only theatre in Barcelona dedicated exclusively to puppetry, aka "putxinellis." The tiny theatre, "a performance space made-to-measure for puppets, marionettes, shadows and any other subjects that let themselves be manipulated" was built by Catalan puppet master Eugenio Navarro in 2005. The restored space had been the workshop and rehearsal room of the renowned Barcelona puppet company La Fanfarra, and was renamed in honor of the emblematic Catalan modernist play "L’Auca del Senyor Esteve" which is centered around a haberdashery shop called La Puntual, located very near the actual theatre in the Santa Catalina neighborhood.

La Puntual is currently in the midst of their annual Winter Puppet Festival, taking place until January 4. In addition to 4 charming shows for families, the Winter Festival features a short series of shows and talks by English puppeteer Rod Burnett, regarded as one of the world's leading Punch and Judy performers. That's the way to do it!

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