Ishara Calendar 2016
 

The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has reached a new milestone as it celebrates its 14th anniversary in 2016! Attracting thousands of visitors each year, it is the most popular festival of puppetry in India, bringing puppeteers, artists and performers from all corners of the world together to celebrate storytelling through the puppetry arts.

From modern and traditional forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more; audiences of all ages have been entertained with a variety of colourful, thrilling and spellbinding shows.

Produced by Teamwork Productions, alongside the best India has to offer, over a 100+ international puppetry companies have already performed at the festival. At this annual event, countries that have participated include the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Iran, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Afghanistan, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland& USA.

An ideal choice for such a gathering of talent on the planet, India is a world-renowned centre for puppeteers, artists and performers SPA and boastsa historic association with puppetry and the arts which stretches back to the 2nd century B.C.This year the festival will take place from the 5thto 14th February 2016 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi, Epicentre, Gurgaon and the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh

The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival is largely supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.

Corporate houses, organisations, media entities &individual donors are welcome to partner and help promote this festival and art form. Donations made to the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust qualify for exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.


The Ishara Puppet Festival 2016
 

Feb 5th - Feb 14th
VENUE: Amphitheater

Feb 05th - 14th
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

Feb 06th - 09th
VENUE: Chandigarh

For more information:
Teamwork Arts | 011 26805477/1477

Tickets:
Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi: Rs.350/-*
Tel 011-43663090/80
online: kyazoonga.com/Ishara2016/

Epicentre, Gurgaon: Rs.375/-*
Tel 0124-2715000
online: epicenter.co.in

Festival Schedule 2016
Programme schedule subject to change
  
     
 


Variety
Performed by: Dockteater Svarta Katten

Country: Sweden
DATE: 05th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 06th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

DATE: 09th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

Regarded as Europe’s finest specialist in Bunraku, master puppeteer Thomas Lundqvist brings to Indian shores for the first time the most popular puppet variety show in Sweden. This celebration of the imagination is a series of comic stories and vignettes filled with stunning puppets, fanciful scenery and plenty of foot tapping music. From the world’s first fire breathing puppet to dancing skeletons, it’s one of the funniest vaudeville acts ever conceived for the small stage. Expect riotous malarkey and fits of laughter all the way through.

Language:English
Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 45 minutes
Directed by: Thomas Lundqvist
Performed by: Dockteater Svarta Katten
Recommended: All Ages

 
Puppet Got Talent
Performed by: Kayan Marionette

Country: Egypt
DATE: 05th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

DATE: 06th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 07 & 8:30 PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

Straight from the land of the Pyramids, it’s the spectacular puppet talent showthat's got everybody talking. Get ready to meet a belly dancing diva named Cleopatra, a zany clown, a kooky musician and a handsome prince on his horse looking for lots of adventure; it’s a unique celebration of the folk tales of Egypt through a wide variety of highly entertaining acts. This musical show also features a spectacular Sufi dance performance on stage incorporating puppets as you’ve never seen before.

Language: Musical, Englishl
Recommended: All Ages
Duration: 40 minutes
Directed by: Mohamed Fawzy
Performed by: Kayan Marionette



 


Bravo bravissimo
Performed by:Teatro Verde

Country: Italy
DATE:06th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

DATE:07th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheaterr

Inspired by some of the most famous children’s fairy tales and well loved classical Italian Operas, get ready to be amazed as the puppets and dolls sing, dance and curtsy—just the way real singers would. As the music director tries to get the mischievous performers to follow his lead, watch in glee as they drive the poor fellow crazy. Time travel back to the past and meet a sweeping repertoire of well loved and enchanting characters from the Teatro Verde who transport you into a magical world of captivating music.

Language: English
Suitable for audiences: Family Show
Recommended: Ages 3+
Duration: 45 minutes
Directed by: Francesco Mattioni
Performed by: Teatro Verde

 
Pocket Circus
Performed by: Theatro Verde

Country: Italy
Suitable for audiences: Family show
Duration: 40 minutes

DATE: 09th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE:Chandigarh

DATE: 11th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

a unique show for one and all, full of drama and humor"Pocket Circus is a very agile show, with little words and lots of images, gags, figures, together with juggling, clowning, miming, live music and interaction with children. Gigi Capone tells short stories using objects, puppets and making children participate during his performance.



 




Little Red Riding Hood
Performed by: Paul Mesner Puppet Theatre

Country: USA
DATE: 07th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

DATE: 09th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 11th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre


Meet a host of colourful characters that all children know and love - fromLittle Red Riding Hood, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Little Miss Muffet, Old McDonald, Barnaby the Dog and even Mary Had a Little Lamb.When the big bad Wolf reveals it’s really him disguised in her Grand mamma’s clothes, instead of running away, our spunky heroine Little Red uses her self-defence moves to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget!Be prepared to howl with laughter as its poor Mr. Wolf who needs protection this time.

Directed By: Paul Mesner
Language:English
Recommended: All Ages
Duration: 50 minutes
Concept, direction and design: Ariel Doron
Performed by: Paul Mesner Puppet Theatre
Exchange Program.
Medium: Rod, Hand, Glove &Mouth Puppets
Sponsors: Linda Lighton, Lynn Adkins, Scott Francis & the Lighton International Artist


 
Water and Others
Performed by: IMAe

Country: Iran
DATE: 08th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE:12th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

This magical, fun-filled adventure is bursting with catchy music, lots of quirky characters and plenty of bite! Mr. Foot is looking a drop of water for his precious flowerpot, but there’s none to be found due to a drought. Everybody’s fighting over a water bottle, but little do they know it’s really empty. Just as Mr. Foot is desperate for water to save his flowers, a miracle happens. Children & adults alike will learn the value of water and the need to conserve this life giving source.

Language: English
Suitable for audiences: family show
Recommended: All Ages
Duration: 45 minutes
Directed by: Alireza Nassehi
Performed by: IMA
Medium: Hand Puppets




 


Dinosaur
Performed by: Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust

Country: India
DATE: 08th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

DATE:10th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

Dinosaur is a non verbal show and uses puppets that are human size or bigger. These puppets are extensions of the puppeteers bodies.
The story is about a T Rex egg that gets separated from the next. The baby dinosaur that hatches does not know he is a T Rex. He starts to desperately look for his mother. Instead he lands up in the midst of a hungry Raptor pack. The oldest raptor and he become friends but the other raptors still want to eat him up. Time and again the old raptor saves him but then there is a huge volcanic eruption. Will the old raptor be able to save the little T Rex baby again?

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: 4+
Duration: 50 minutes
Medium: Puppets, Masks, Objects, Actors and Dance
Directed by: Shravan Heggodu, Anurupa Roy
Performed by: Katkatha Puppet Theatre Group

 
Swaagat
Performed by: Aakar puppet theatre

Country: INDIA
DATE: 08th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

In the Indian language Swagatam means, “welcome”, and we are doing just that by inviting you to a one of a kind puppet experience with open arms. Indians have a rich history of welcoming guests & loved ones in their homes with pomp and ceremony – & this show is all about that magical tradition, from Kings to ordinary village folk showing you how it’s done right! A series of colourful vignettes, the shows blend puppets, music & performers into an enchanting program that educates & entertains.

Language: Musical
Suitable for audiences: family show
Recommendation: All Ages
Duration: 45 minutes
Medium: String & Rod Puppets
Directed by: Puran Bhat
Performed by: Aakaar Puppet Theatre



 


Petrushka
Performed by: Moscow Puppet Theatre

Country: RUSSIA
DATE: 10th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

DATE: 13th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 07 & 8:30 PM
VENUE:Amphitheater

In the slapstick tradition of Punch & Judy, Russia’s most famous and oldest puppet tale is brought back to life in this rib-tickling performance! Get ready to be transported to the colourful and cheerful atmosphere of the traditional Russian fair, where our hero Petrushka is being naughty and rude to everyone around him with his loud and ridiculous voice. Will the rascally puppet stop behaving badly, learn some manners and find his missing sweetheart at the fair? It’s a musical and visual delight for all.

Language:English
Suitable for audiences: 7+
Duration: 45 minutes
Medium: Hand Puppets
Directed by: Anatoly Arhipov
Performed by: Moscow Puppet Theatre

 
Hans In Luck
Performed by: Parwana Puppet Theatre

Country: AFGHANISTAN
DATE: 12th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 14th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre

Based on the well known German children's folk tale - after seven years of working hard, young Hans is visiting his mum, but on every step of his journey bad luck befalls him. Hans earned a big lump of gold from his master, but he keeps trading it for one thing for another, each time foolishly believing he has made a fantastic and clever deal. As Hans seems to lose everything he has along the way, will he ever be lucky and reach his home and mum safely?

Language: English
Suitable for audiences: family show
Recommendation: All Ages
Duration: 60 minutes
Medium: Hand Puppets, Actorss
Directed by: Abdul Haq Haqjoo
Performed by: Parwana Puppet Theatre



 


Images of truth
Performed by: Ishara puppet theatre Group

Country: India
DATE: 14th Feb 2016
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

Ishara’s groundbreaking and inspiring masterpiece returns to the Indian stage after almost a decade. Choreographed to music from across the world, it’s a mesmerising, non verbal, musical adaption on one of mankind’s most iconic figures - Mahatma Gandhi. Gain insight on his early life to his spiritual discovery of the universal message of Satyagraha & nonviolent protest. Images of history and contemporary India mesh together as Pudumjee & Ishara’s performers create powerful, moving images with which both the young and old alike can relate.

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: family show
Recommendation: All Ages
Duration: 50 minutes
Medium: Hand Puppets, Actorss
Directed by: Dadi D. Pudumjee
Performed by: Ishara Puppet Theatre Group

 

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