Category Archives: Marionettes

Trip Report: International Yunlin Puppet Theatre Festival 2013

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Dear friends,

Frankie and team returned last week from their first-ever trip to Taiwan’s International Yunlin Puppet Theatre Festival 2013 from 5 – 13 October 2013. They had a fantastic time at the Festival. There were 19 groups from six countries at the Festival, including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong. Our good friends from the Behind the Actors Theatre Group from Indonesia (who organised the Bandung International Puppet Festival last month) were there as well.

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Frankie and Team at WWPC2013 in Jakarta… with a surprise!

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Hi friends,

Frankie and team have just finished their time in Jakarta. They had a great time and even had an (unscheduled) opportunity to perform at the Epicentrum Shopping Mall for the general public and some children from underprivileged homes as well.  Indonesian Vice-President Dr. Boediono opened the carnival at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah park last Monday, and the Carnival was held across four main locations: three stages at the National Museum on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, one at the Usmar Ismail Theater on Jl. HR Rasuna Said, one stage in the Kauman Pewayangan Theater in Taman Mini and one stage at the National Museum.

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Puppet Alert!!! Frankie’s Latest Festival Creations (Pics)

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Dear friends,

here are some of the latest puppets that Frankie’s been working on. Most of them will have their debut at the Wayang World Puppet Carnival (Jakarta) and the International Puppetry Festival 2013 Bandung in Indonesia next week. In the mean time, here’s a sneak peek for those of you who might not be able to make it to Indonesia:

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First Version

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Post-Event: 5th Meeting of ASEAN Puppetry Association and Celebration of ASEAN Traditional Puppetry

APA Meeting 2013We had a great time at the 5th Meeting of the ASEAN Puppetry Association and Celebration of ASEAN Traditional Puppetry. Organised by the ASEAN Puppetry Association (APA), this fifth instalment was held at the Arts House at the Old Parliament in Singapore from 23 – 25 Jan 2013.

Frankie and team were privileged to present two performances of ‘Streets of Singapore’ to our ASEAN counterparts during this event. At the opening ceremony, the Guest-of-Honour was Dr. Makarim Wibisono, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation. We were also the final performers for the Closing Ceremony, where Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, Vice Minister for Culture and Education of the Republic of Indonesia was the Guest-of-Honour. All in all, it was also a great time to connect with friends and puppeteers from all over ASEAN.

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Frankie’s Performing at a Library Near you! (July – August 2012)

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Hi friends,

Frankie has a series of upcoming performances of ‘Streets of Singapore’ at various libraries across Singapore. Here are the details:

26 July (Thurs), 7.30pm – Bishan Public Library

27 July (Fri), 7.30pm – Choa Chu Kang Public Library

4 Aug (Sat), 1pm – Serangoon Public Library

5 Aug (Sun), 3pm – Tampines Regional Library

11 Aug (Sat), 1pm – Bishan Public Library

25 Aug (Sat), 1.30pm – Woodlands Regional Library

All these performances are brought to you by our kind friends at the National Library Board Singapore. Do drop by to take a look if you’re in the area!

15th Istanbul International Puppet Festival: Trip Video

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Hi friends,

catch this short video of our performance at the 15th Istanbul International Puppet Festival, which was held from 3 to 13 May 2012. This performance was held at the Halkali KSM Theatre in Istanbul. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

This trip is presented with the kind support of the National Arts Council (Singapore), Singapore International Foundation and Lee Foundation Singapore. 

With special thanks to: 

          

Organiser:

 

 

APEX Trip Report 2: Vientiane, Laos (19-25 April 2012)

The second leg of the ASEAN Puppetry Exchange (APEX) trip was in Vientiane, Laos. This was an interesting (and tiring) trip as Frankie had the task of training 15 adults and youths from the Vulnerable Youth Development Association’s Jampalao puppet troupe. He conducted a five-day puppet-making and performance workshop, culminating in a puppet performance of the classic Lao text, Sinxai, by the group. The enthusiastic group made 6 brand new puppets, rehearsed and staged the performance within the short time frame, which was no small feat, to say the least.

Frankie also performed in three schools: the Udom Phon Primary School (20th April), Xai Settha Secondary School (23rd April) and Tha Ngon Village Primary School (25th April). The open-air shows were warmly-received by the crowds amidst the hot weather, many of whom have never seen a string puppet before. Frankie had to improvise when some of the venues didn’t have amplification/electricity, but it was well worth the effort to share his craft with his new friends.

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APEX Trip Report 1: Hanoi, Vietnam (15-18 April 2012)

Hi folks,

Frankie had a great time during his trip to Vietnam and Laos. We’ll post the highlights separately, so here’s the first update regarding his time in Hanoi, Vietnam:

Frankie held two separate public performances of ‘Streets of Singapore’: one at the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre, the best -known theatre for the puppetry arts in Vietnam, and another performance at the Ha Noi International School. The shows were very well-received, and the warm Vietnamese audience made him feel at home. Vietnam has a strong tradition in the puppetry arts and the team had a great time interacting with many members of the audience after the show.

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‘Streets of Singapore’ at the Istanbul International Puppet Festival 2012

Hi friends,

Frankie will be showcasing his work at the 15th Istanbul International Puppet Festival from 5 – 13 May 2012, alongside master artists like Scott Land (USA), Walter Broggini (Italy), Titeres Cachirulo (Spain), Rue Barree (France) and Turkish puppetry legend, Cengiz Ozek. He’s all packed up and ready to do, and is excited about presenting his work at two separate performances of his award-winning puppetry show, Streets of Singapore, at the Festival: on 7 May, 7.30pm and 12 May, 12pm.

Turkey has a rich heritage in the puppetry arts and we are honored to be the only performing group from Southeast Asia/ASEAN at this international Festival. You can find out more about the Festival at http://www.kuklaistanbul.org/en/.

This trip is presented with the kind support of the National Arts Council (Singapore), Singapore International Foundation and Lee Foundation Singapore. 

With special thanks to: 

          

Organiser: