FIDENA 2016

Festival that searches out the very best puppet and figure theatre in the world will be held from 4th to 12th May in Bochum.

This year the major focus will be on Asia. The continent will be providing our audiences with a window through which to see European puppet theatre in a completely new light. The Festival will be covering a huge range of styles. These will range from the world’s oldest traditions of puppetry in India to the most avant-garde material theatre in Western Europe, from gigantic stage shows to tiny object theatre.

30 companies and performers from Belgium, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Russia, the Czech Republic and Vietnam will be guests for 9 days long in Bochum, Essen, Herne and also, for the first time, in Hattingen. FIDENA 2016 – will feature a total of 48 events, including 18 shows for children and families, as well as daily performances in refugee accommodation centres in the region. FIDENA 2016 – will also feature 7 German premieres and…..for the very first time in the almost 60 year history of the Festival, FIDENA will be presenting its very own world premiere of a show called “Moondog” in coproduction with the Bochum Theatre. “Moondog”, directed by FIDENA’s artistic director, Annette Dabs, is more than just a musical homage to the composer Louis Thomas Hardin (alias Moondog) who would have been celebrating his 100th birthday this year.

Thanks to financial support from the State Cultural Foundation we have been able to focus this year’s activities on ASIA. Six productions are coming to the Ruhrgebiet, that will not be seen again for some time in Europe. These will have no difficulty in overcoming all cultural and language barriers. Two of the most impressive productions will surely be the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre and the huge shadow theatre show “Lanka Dahanam” by Andhra Pradesh. “MatchAtria”, a multimedia Japanese/German dance installation will be revealing a pulsating contemporary universe consisting of dance, video and sound landscapes.

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FIDENA, 6. 4. 2016

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