The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust Celebrates 30 Years With
The 16Th Ishara International Puppet Festival 2018
 

The stage is set once again for a new magical journey! The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival is absolutely delighted to celebrate with you its 16th anniversary, with a wide & exciting range of breathtaking performances. Nurtured & supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, from humble beginnings, the festival has grown into one of Asia's largest annual puppet festivals. The trust is the country's leading established platform for Indian & International puppetry, & is a center for creative & innovative puppetry work that educates, enriches, invigorates & transforms artists & audiences alike.

Since its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has received tremendous acclaim & support from puppeteers, artists & performers from across the globe. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the festival has brought to India over 150 international puppetry companies & promoted numerous indigenous productions. Countries which have participated & showcased their works include the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Iran, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Afghanistan, Ireland, Australia & USA.

Produced by Teamworks Productions: alongside the best talent India has to offer, groups from across the world will come together once again to showcase a kaleidoscopic array of performances. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music & more - audiences of all ages are invited to join us in these vibrant & mesmerizing shows.

India boasts a historical association with puppetry & the performing arts which magically dates back to 2nd century B.C - so it's only fitting that the country is home to the festival. This year the 16th Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival will take place from __20th to 28th February 2018 at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi, & the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

Corporate houses, organisations, media entities & individual donors are welcome to partner & help promote this festival & art form. Donations made to the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust qualify for exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. For further information write to: dadipud@gmail.com


The Ishara Puppet Festival 2018
 
 

Feb 20th - Feb 27th
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

Feb 23rd - 24th
SHOW TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: Odd Bird

Feb 25th - 28th
SHOW TIME: 10:45AM & 6:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

For more information:
Teamwork Arts | +91-9643302036

Tickets:
Amphi Theatre, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Price: Rs.450/-*
No. of Tickets: 250/-*
Tel: 011-43663090/80
Book Online: kyazoonga.com/Ishara/

Odd Bird, Chhattarpur
Book Online: www.oddbird.org

Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh
Price: Free
Tel: 0124-4585100

Programme schedule subject to change
     


Festival Schedule 2018
 


The Magic Lantern
Performed by: Paper Monkey Theatre

Country: Singapore
DATE: 20th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

DATE: 23rd Feb 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Odd Bird

Based on the famous traditional Chinese folktale, audiences are transported to a spellbinding world of magic & mystery. It's the remarkable tale of little Chen, born from a forbidden marriage between a heavenly goddess and a mortal. The mighty Er Lang Shen disapproves of this union & imprisons Chen's mom beneath a dangerous mountain. Chen must overcome all manner of evil obstacles & unbeatable odds, to save his mother from doom, & reunite his family. Will he do it in time? Like Chen, everyone can find the superhero inside themselves - you've just got to know where to look.

Language: Musical, English (With some songs In Mandarin)
Medium: Rod & Hand Puppets, Actors
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 45 minutes
Directed by: Benjamin Ho
Performed by: Paper Monkey Theatre

 
Hanging by A Thread
Performed by: Di Filippo Marionette

Country: Italy
DATE: 21st February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

DATE: 25th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 10:45AM & 6:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

Get ready to be dazzled and gobsmacked by a range of kooky and loveable characters in this show - from a moustachioed cyclist to a crazy musical star to daredevil circus acrobats! A poignant medley of foot tapping sketches - it’s an extraordinary & unique visual spectacle with both the marionettists & marionettes appearing on stage together. Watch in amazement as they gracefully move in harmony, & bring to life heartfelt messages regarding the value of love, as well its universality and timelessness. A evocative performance that will entertain & captivate children & adults alike.

Language: Musical, English
Medium: String puppets, Marionettists
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 50 minutes
Direction & Puppeteers: Remo Di Filippo & Rhoda Lopez
Performed by: Di Filippo Marionette



 


Me & Baba
Performed by: Moving Sutra Arts

Country: India
DATE: 22nd February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

DATE: 28th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 10:45AM & 6:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

A stray dog becomes best friends with an old man, & the two of them are inseparable. The old man loves his dog above all & treats him as his child. One day a thief tries to rob the old man & our heroic doggy chases him away. But while doing so the poor doggy gets lost, & can't seem to find his way back home. Will the two friends ever reunite? Watch this heart warming delightful musical tale of love, loyalty, hope, trust & bonding to discover why a dog is truly man's best friend!

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 43 minutes
Medium: Rod & String Puppets
Directed by: Shamsul Shams
Performed by: Moving Sutra Arts

 
Dust Circus (Circo Poiera)
Performed & Directed by: Caio Stolai

Country: Brazil
DATE: 23rd February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30 PM
VENUE: IHC

DATE: 26th Feb 2018
SHOW TIME: 10:45AM & 6:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh

Be amazed and mystified as ambidextrous puppeteer Caio Stolai brings to life an entire circus in this one man virtuosic show! Full of humour & rich humanity, an old circus master relives his memories of the greatest show on earth with the audience. With spectacular music & theatrics - there's tambourine playing, fire jumping, fire eating, dancing ballerinas, majestic elephants & an endless array of colourful characters. The show mixes modern puppetry with the traditional Brazilian martial art form of Capoeira to great effect. It’s a circus performance you will never forget!

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Medium: Puppets, Objects, Actor
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 50 minutes
Performed & Directed by: Caio Stolai



 




A Button in My Head
Performed by: Arriba las Hu! manos

Country: Argentina
DATE: 24th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

DATE: 27th Feb 2018
SHOW TIME: 10:45AM & 6:30PM
VENUE: Chandigarh


In this mesmerizing & inspirational tale, little Clott tries to tackle life's most daunting challenge - fitting in with society. He's got a big ugly red button on his head, & his sister Juana & best friend Luchito make sure to remind him of it, while making fun of him every day. There's also the wicked Green Hand who will do anything for Clott to unbutton his button; but if he does, his head will split wide open! Be prepared for smiles & tears, as you'll discover how to be happy with what life has given you.

Direction & Puppeteers: Enrique Crohare & Laura Mac Laughlin
Language: Musical, English
Medium: Puppets, Objects, Actors
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 50 minutes
Performed by: Arriba las Hu! manos

 
Meeting
Performed by: National Center Of Puppet Art Tunisia

Country: Tunisia
DATE: 24th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: Odd Bird

DATE: 26th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

Our hero is a talented artist who defies all the rules & leaves his home to discover the world. As he follows his heart, he finds not only his true calling but also his true love. As his ambition grows, he seems to have no time to meet his beautiful daughter & family. Full of humour & rich humanity, this philosophical musical adventure asks the age old question - how far would you go to get what you want? Discover the meaning of fatherhood & all its complexities and contradictions.

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Medium: Puppets, Objects
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 40 minutes
Directed by: Mehwachi Lasaad
Performed by: National Center Of Puppet Art Tunisia



 


The Miracle of the Thai Puppet
Performed by: Hunchanonforn Puppet Group

Country: Thailand
DATE: 25th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

Music, dance, rhymes, & rhythms blend together with the traditional & modern forms of Thai puppetry on stage, with homage to the past, present and future. Audiences of all ages will appreciate this big-hearted musical with plenty of visceral treats & sweet delights. There are mischievous puppets galore – from magic dogs to naughty mermaids to colourful lady birds – who will take you to a wonderful land full of singing & dancing friends! A beautiful poetic performance about love & making one’s dreams coming true.

Language: Musical, Non Verbal
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 40 minutes
Medium: Rod & String Puppets, Actors
Directed by: Paskorn Sunthornmongkol
Performed by: Hunchanonforn Puppet Group

 
Where Has My Nani Gone?
Performed by: Dadi D. Pudumjee & The Ishara Puppet Theatre Group

Country: India
DATE: 27th February 2018
SHOW TIME: 7:30PM
VENUE: IHC

Based on Chatura Rao's award winning children's book ‘Gone Grandmother’, Ishara’s colourful puppets & actors weave a dreamscape of sensitive eloquence, in this touching inter-generational family story. A profound parable of love & loss, a little girl taking care of her mother, wonders where her nani (grandmother) has gone. Her imagination takes flight, as the little girl remembers her nani & tries to comfort herself that everything will be fine. A performance that is sure to wow audiences – as we learn about the innocence of childhood & the inexorable interdependence of joy & sorrow, life & death.

Language: Musical, English and Hindi
Medium: Puppets, Objects, Actors
Suitable: For All Ages
Duration: 45
Direction & Design: Dadi D. Pudumjee
Performed by: Dadi D. Pudumjee & The Ishara Puppet Theatre Group



 

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