Ishara Calendar 2014
 

Since its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has brought to India over 90 international puppetry companies and promoted numerous indigenous productions. Alongside Indian talent, countries that have participated include USA, Brazil, Belgium, Afghanistan, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Ireland, Iran.

Ishara has provided evocative and memorable entertainment and education for Indian audiences and attracts puppeteers and enthusiasts from all over the world. The festival produced by Teamwork Productions, focuses on both traditional and contemporary work from India and abroad and is seen as an established platform to further multimedia arts in India.

In 2014, the Festival is delighted to celebrate its 12th anniversary with a wide and exciting range of performances from across the world. The lineup is more vibrant and creative than ever before. The festival has modern and traditional forms, ranging from rod , string and shadow puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more.

The festival will take place from 24th -04th March 2014 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi & Epicentre Gurgaon, Tagore Theatre Chandigarh.

The groups participating in the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival 2014 are as follows:


 
The Ishara Puppet Festival 2014
 

Feb 24th - March 04th
Amphi Theatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Feb 25th- 27th, March 01st- 03th
Epicentre, Gurgaon

Feb 24th - 28th
Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh

March 03rd - 04th
Step by Step High School, 3 Chitrakoot Scheme Near Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

Teamwork Arts.

For more information:
Teamwork Arts | 011 26805477/1477

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

Epicentre, Gurgaon: Rs.350/-*
Tel 0124-2715000
online: www.epicentre.co.in

Step by Step High School, 3 Chitrakoot Scheme Near Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur: Rs.350/-*
Tel 07665615555, 9351478989

Festival Schedule 2014
Programme schedule subject to change
  
     
 


Seven Goatlings
Performed by: Paca Garcia y Aniceto Roca

Country: Spain
DATE: 25th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

DATE: 27th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 01st March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicentre, Gurgaon

DATE: 03rd March 2014
SHOW TIME: 2:30PM
VENUE: Step by Step High School, 3 Chitrakoot Scheme Near Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

Mother goat must go to the market and the children have to stay alone in the house, but with the warming of which they do not have to open the door to anybody. Nevertheless, the ferocious Wolf won't doubt in calling to the door. By mean of deceits it will be able to enter to the house and eat them, but the smallest will escape and along with the mother goat will manage to rescue to the kids of the belly of the wolf and by supposed to get rid he of him for always, they will fill of stones his belly, and when he'll wakes up, he will fall to the river and he will never more return to scare to anybody.

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 40 minutes
Directed by: Aniceto Roca
Performed by: Paca Garcia y Aniceto Roca

 
Peter and the wolf
Performed by: Drew Colby

Country: UK
DATE: 24th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 25th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicenter

DATE: 27th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

Early one morning, just as the sun is rising, a boy named Peter wanders out in search of an adventure.
He tries to catch a fish, but he can't - perhaps he will catch something bigger? He then goes rowing on the pond where he meets a shark (or is it just a duck?).
Peter's grandfather is not best pleased that Peter has wandered off without telling him - and sends him back into the house, just as a fearsome wolf comes out of the woods!
Prokofiev's thrilling musical tale is told non-verbally with great charm and humour, together with lots of action.

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 35 minutes
Directed by: Drew Colby
Performed by: Drew Colby



 


Tumba-Lumba
Performed by: Nedelina Roselinova, Rumyana Kraleva, Dyan Rusev, Georgi Minkov

Country: Bulgaria
DATE:25th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE:26th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicenter

DATE: 28th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

This show leads us in a typical folk environment to Bulgaria. Tumba-Lumba is a word picture of the rhythm and sound of the drum - the elder of the Bulgarian folk percussion instruments. It is a rhythm throbbing with the heart-beat which makes out blood vibrate to the beat of the music and stirs out nature into a harmonious dance - the dance of life. This is the dace of life depicting the sunrise, the wealth of seasons' colour, the rapture over the rich harvest and the joy of existence. A typical show of the Bulgarian folklore played with puppets which fill the audience with genuine gaiety and optimism.

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: Family Show
Duration: 40 minutes
Directed by: Hristina Arsenova
Performed by: Nedelina Roselinova, Rumyana Kraleva, Dyan Rusev, Georgi Minkov

 
The Musical Menagerie
Performed by: Thomas Baker and Boris Hunka

Country: Ireland
DATE: 26th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

DATE: 27th March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicenter

DATE: 02nd March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

DATE: 04th March 2014
SHOW TIME: 12:30PM and 3:30PM
VENUE: Step by Step High School, 3 Chitrakoot Scheme Near Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur

The show combines the musical imagination of Boris Hunka, (multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer) with the skills of renowned puppeteer and actor Thomas Baker. The result is a magical mix of entertainment, education and escapism. In the story, the two zoo-keepers reminisce about their first days in the job. Along the way we get involved in a tall tail tale, meeting a range of exotic animals such as Sheridan the Sloth, Imelda the rhino hornbill, Kevin the snake and Gilbert - a gibbon who's lost his groove. Original songs include I'm a Lean Mean Sleeping Machine, What Did the Dodo Do Do and, The Rainforest Jive. The animals combine breath-taking realism with elements of fantasy that have become the trademark of Your Man's Puppets. Since its inception the company has become known for delivering imaginative, reliable, professional shows which tick all the boxes in your entertainment line-up, draws a crowd and leaves your audience satisfied and full of memories of a great shared family experience.

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 60 minutes
Performed by: Thomas Baker and Boris Hunka



 
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Pinhas!
Performed by: Ariel Doron

Country: Israel
DATE: 03rd March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicenter

DATE: 04th March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheatre


Punch, Pulcinella, Guingol.. Meet "Pinhas!" the first Israeli traditional glove puppet! Join him in his adventures with friends and enemies such as "Ruthi", the sexy settler, "Gamali", the hungry camel which eats everything he sees, "Yona", The peace dove with the olive branch ,"Moshe Dayan" The famous army General, and more colorful characters and surprises from the holy land! The show gives a fresh and funny interpertaion to the traditional glove puppet, and it while it is very local, and deals with todays Israeli society and political issues, it is at the same time universal, so that people from everywhere and in every age enjoy the show!

Language:
Suitable for audiences: 8+
Duration: 40 minutes
Concept, direction and design: Ariel Doron
Performed by: Ariel Doron


 
Show Chantatrio
Performed by: Azerbaijan State Puppet Theatre

Country: Azerbaijan
DATE: 01st and 03rd March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheatre

DATE: 02nd March 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Epicenter

Get prepared to meet an array of loveable and colourful puppet characters that dance and sing their way into your hearts. There's a darling donkey that loves to dance, an innocent young man who's looking for love and a rather naughty big black bird who thinks he's the smartest of them all. The show consists of five folk numbers from different cultures and nations and introduces its audience to the world's rich diversity and the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm. A musical delight for the whole family!

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 40 minutes
Directed by: Mansimov
Performed by: Azerbaijan State Puppet Theatre




 
Life in Progress
Performed by: Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust

Country: India
DATE: 26th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

With this show, the Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust harkens back to the basic philosophy of puppet theatre, which is about animating or breathing life into dead material to create an impression of life. With an array of paper, plastic, metal frames, objects and masks, a team of puppeteers, dancers and performers play with these materials in every way possible. One learns how life begins in the morning with the newspaper coming in and then the next day it turns into trash. Old newspapers, a rag-picker, creepy crawlies, creatures from nightmares, dreamscapes, plastic bottles, curious people, devouring mouths, running individuals - all make up the set of haunting and unforgettable images of this non-verbal improvised performance.

Language: Non Verbal
Suitable for audiences: 10+
Duration: 50 minutes
Directed by: Anurupa Roy
Performed by: Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust



 
THE ISHARA ENCOUNTERS
Performed by: The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust

Country: INDIA
DATE: 28th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Amphitheater

As a tribute to the hundreds of puppeteers, artists and performers who have travelled far and wide to perform and support the Ishara International Puppet Festival, for the 12th anniversary, here's a show unlike anything before. Inspired by legendary puppeteer Michael Meschke; Dadi Pudumjee brings to life an unforgettable mélange of the shows from Ishara's past. Meet Sutradhar, the eternal pessimist, as he has a lively exchange with the puppet who is the world's biggest optimist. Through excerpts from the previous Ishara puppet plays; the audience learns about the universal truths that each human being has within them and how without these the world would not exist. A soul searching performance that crosses the boundaries of all countries.

Suitable for audiences: family show
Duration: 50 minutes
Directed by: Dadi D. Pudumjee
Performed by: Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust



 


Dhola Maru
Performed by: Aakaar Puppet Theater

Country: INDIA
DATE: 24th Feb 2014
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

Dhola Maru is a folk tale that originated in northwestern Rajasthan. This romantic legend of the separation of a young couple and their subsequent reunion was traditionally sung as a ballad, enacted as a nautanki drama and illustrated in numerous paintings. The current production is an adaptation of this story and it goes as follows. First time traditional puppet manipulation slow motion with story emotions effects.

Language: Rajasthani
Suitable for audiences: Family Show
Duration: 50 minutes
Directed by: Puran Bhat
Performed by: Aakaar Puppet Theater

 
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