Fri, Oct 12, 2012 - Page 12 News List

Promiscuous puppetry

The Close To You International Puppet Festival embraces Taipei’s coffee shops, bars and “art spaces” to bring audiences a different kind of theater experience

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff reporter

Three of the shows, by foreign artists, are works that have already been produced. There is The Yellow “O” from Thailand (part of the Yong Kang program), A Chance Shadow. Part II: Federico Garcia Lorca from the US (part of the Mingsheng program), and Alice’s Tea Party from Israel (part of the Renai program). Local performances are all new shows premiering at the festival.

“We are really happy that a couple of the shows created for previous events were subsequently expanded or became established parts of a repertoire,” Shih said. The festival is still in its early stages of development, but Shih said there was plenty of potential for an event using this format. “We hope that we might take it to other cities, such as Tainan, or experiment with other genres, like poetry, to see where this kind of experimentation can take us,” Shih said. “The core idea of the festival is really quite organic, and can grow in all sorts of directions.”

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