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SAMPO 2018
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SAMPO 2018

INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL WAS A SUCCESS

SAMPO 2018 Festival, organized for the second time, brought joy and experiences to audiences of all ages in the centre of Helsinki 22.-26.8.2018. The festival was versatile and of high quality, and the feedback from the audiences and the artists thoroughly positive: the program was considered very good and everything very well organized.

There were 13 different puppet theatre performances, shown at 23 events alltogether. The program entailed also 36 events free of charge: short films, children’s tv-programs from YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company), workshops, an open stage -event and a meeting for professionals. Two performances were a part of Annantalo Arts Centre’s Night of the Arts’ program, free of charge. A festival club was open at Sampo in the evenings: at Elina’s Living Room there were discussions about the performances, art and life, and the rest of the evening the was good music and company. The concert of the Czech group Fekete Seretlek on Saturday evening was one of the high points of the festival, in addition to the wonderful performances. There were 1243 spectators in the festival performances, and all together over 3000 visitors at the festival.

The festival presented a comprehensive selection of different forms of puppet theatre for both children and adults. 7 performances were foreign and 5 of those were seen for the first time in Finland. The groups that performed at the festival were from Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Finland. There were 50 artists alltogether. The performances that got most of the attention were Mowgli by the Czech company Divadlo U staré herečky, aimed at child audiences, Meet Fred by Hijinx and Blind Summit from Great Britain, aimed at adults, and the sold out performance RAT by the Czech companies Fekete Seretlek and Studio Damuza, also for adults. All three were Finnish first premieres.

Load the Program Book (pdf) here: Sampo 2018 Program Book or check the whole program below!

The performance venues at the festival were Puppet Theatre Sampo, Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Annantalo and Kulttuuriareena Gloria. At Päivälehti Museum movies about puppetry were shown, and there was also an exhibition.

WELCOME TO A WORLD OF STORIES!

The Helsinki based Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977. Masterly use of different puppet theatre techniques combined with intensive musical presence are special characteristics of the Sampo theatrical art. Sampo has established a Puppet Theatre Centre, an open living room at the center of the city, giving us the possibility to continuously devel- op our performance, training and exhibition activities.

We also offer extensive publications of relevant literature and materials about puppet theatre for preschool education professionals and puppet theatre enthusiasts. Special workshops, lectures and demonstrations on puppet theatre expression are organized by Sampo theatre every year.

Puppet theatre and music work- shops are organized for teachers, nurses, various organizations and amateur theatre ensembles as well as for families and groups of children of different ages. Workshops are also available in English.

Sampo Puppet Theatre has been awarded with several prizes and nominations for its artistic work and achievements for children culture.

PROGRAM

Divadlo U staré herečky: Mowgli (CZ)

Annantalo Wed 22.8. at 10 am & 5 pm
Age recommendation: 3-100 years
40 min
Tickets 12€

A performance in which action replaces words. Mowgli – it’s an Indian jungle, wild predators, insidious reptiles, a lost child and a caterpillar… Mowgli ends up in the middle of a jungle full of traps and danger. What is a child who doesn’t even speak yet supposed to do in the world of wolves, snakes, tigers and other giant animals that even adults can hardly deal with? Can a small boy survive in the middle of the wilderness? However, the nature is far more colourful and interesting than it seems at first glance. Mowgli is found in the jungle by a wolf. He gets to understand that someone has to look after Mowgli. Is he hungry? Would he like a bone? No, honey will be better. A bear gets involved and becomes Mowgli’s guardian. Still, Mowgli has to learn to survive alone so he sets out on exploration trips around the jungle. Gradually he starts to understand that a life in the wilderness requires wisdom and shrewdness even though at first he is rescued from any tricky situation by the bear who secretly watches every single Mowgli’s move. It would look like a paradise if it weren’t for a bad tiger circling around… A story about courage and friendship cannot do without a bit of thrill and danger but it certainly can without useless words. Based on Rudyard Kipling´s story

http://www.divadloustareherecky.cz

Divadlo U staré herečky

The Old Actress’s Theatre was founded in Hradec Králové in 1998 by actress Jarmila Vlčková. The Prague’s DAMU (The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts) graduate worked for twenty years in the DRAK Theatre in Hradec Králové and in the 70’s and 80’s she worked on legendary productions that made the theatre famous both at home as well as abroad. She is currently devoted to children’s audiences (apart from her own performances she played the main and title role in a successful play of Divadlo v Dlouhé theatre titled “About a lazy grandma” (O líné babičce). In the Czech Republic she is also known for her adult TV productions.
The other member of the theatre is her daughter Jana Vyšohlídová. She is also a graduate from DAMU, the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. Spectators were given the chance to see her in Dejvické Divadlo, Naivní divadlo Liberec or Minor Prague theatres. Currently, the Old Actress’s theatre’s repertoire counts 10 plays. Naturally, professional directors, musicians and stage designers have participated on their creation (Jiří Vyšohlíd - DRAK Theatre, Michaela Homolová – Naive Theatre Liberec, Marta Ljubková – National Theatre Prague, Vít Peřina – Naive Theatre Liberec, Barbora Jakůbková...)

Director and Composer: Jiří Vyšohlíd
Dramaturgy: Marta Ljubková
Stage setting and puppets: Luděk Joska
Starring: Jana Vyšohlídová

Stephen Mottram: The Parachute and Watch the Ball (UK)

Puppet Theatre Sampo Wed 22.8. at 6 pm, Thu 23.8. at 10 am & 6 pm
Age recommendation: directed at adult audiences, suitable also for children
1h
Tickets 19€ / 15€

Young and full of energy we set off on life’s adventure. We find love, build homes and have babies. Then suddenly the children have left, and home feels like a waiting room. That’s the moment to strap on a parachute and take charge of things for that final leap into the unknown… The Parachute is a funny and mesmerising story about youth, love and confronting old age. Armed with Sebastian Castagna’s glorious music and an armful of white tipped wands, puppeteer Stephen Mottram magics up his characters from nowhere. He plays with the way our brains make sense of things we see and stealthily reels us into a world of movement, populated by captivating, non-existent actors. Watch the Ball sends us scurrying down neural pathways old and new in a short, magical piece about the suspension of disbelief. It shows that ultimately, the job of the puppeteer is to manipulate the audience rather than the puppet. In 1971, The Swedish Psychologist Gunnar Johansson attached white markers to a few key points on a black-costumed actor’s body and then filmed the actor walking against a black background. When the film was played back, he was surprised to find that the white spots seen moving relative to each other on the screen contained so much information, that not only could the viewer immediately identify a human walking, but also the gender, age and mood of the person. Johansson’s research was the gold nugget which led the film industry to the techniques of motion capture. In The Parachute Stephen Mottram uses the idea in reverse. The white tips of his multiple magic wands reveal ephemeral characters whose lives we end up caring about. “The audience sees characters which don’t exist. The behaviour of the white spots they watch refers to key elements of human weight and balance and how our bodies move in a space. The brain of the audience member – hardwired to scan for signs of life – interprets the data in the movements and ‘sees’ a character. This perceptual ‘game’ between the performer and audience is hugely enjoyable. When we look at classic Op-Art, the stark contrasts in colour and shape – black circles and diagonal patterns superimposed on each other for example, confuse our brains. We see movement and flashing light, but we know it comes from our brain and not from the picture. I like the idea that the performer can direct an audience to perceive a story in their own heads, simply by providing the most basic of performed data.” Stephen Mottram 2016

Stephen Mottram – Biography

For thirty years, Stephen has been touring the globe with marionette shows for adult audiences. Best known of these are In Suspension, The Seas of Organillo and The Seed Carriers. He also worked on films like The Little Shop of Horrors and Strings. Trained in London and Budapest as a mime, he has a deep interest in communication through movement and spends a lot of time nowadays teaching.

Concept, puppets and performance – Stephen Mottram
Music composed and produced by Sebastian Castagna

Lutkovno Gledališče Maribor: The Trial or The Woeful Story of Joseph K. (SLO)

Kulttuuriareena Gloria Wed 22.8. at 7.30 pm and Thu 23.8. at 7.30 pm
Age recommendation: for adults
55 min
Tickets 19€ / 15€

The audience find themselves in the role of Joseph K. in this musical and theatrical composition without time. The play mercilessly shifts them between different environments, acquaints the audience with the inner workings of the society´s machine, and exposes the intimate world of Joseph K. The audience are placed at the centre of the developments, forced to submit to the Trial and take responsibility at the mercy of the court. This dynamic performance thrives on the interpretation of Kafka´s poetics through theatre, object, intense musical interludes, hand puppets, and subtle atmospheres. The Trial transforms the performer, the word, the sound, the light, and the audience into equal elements, which are almost impossible to part. Ladies and gentlemen: You have been accused!

https://www.lg-mb.si/

Founded in 1973, when two amateur theatres joined forces. The repertoire of the theatre concists of plays for children, youth and adults. The theatre constantly examines and explores the art of puppetry and fuses classical puppet technology with modern approaches, with the aim of raising the standards of the field. Apart from regular productions, the theatre also offers a wide variety of additional art education activities and carries out innovative projects.

Text, music, directed by: Matija Solce
Performed by: Miha Bezeljak & Miha Arh
Dramaturgy: Jelena Sitar Cvetko
Art direction: Primož Mihevc & Matija Solce
Lighting design: Matija Solce & Miljenko Knezoci
Puppet and set design: Primož Mihevc
Costume and wardrobe: Svetlana Maloic
Costume construction: Maja Švagelj

First premiere 28.4.2012

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Fly fly ladybug

Annantalo Thu 23.8. at 16.30 & 18
Age recommendation: For babies and toddlers +
30
Tickets Free admission - limited number of seats, free tickets will be distributed starting at 4 pm in Annantalo

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Fly fly ladybug A little ladybug is searching for its place in the big wide world. On its journey it makes new friends with hilarious creatures that live in the grass. The ladybug wants to learn to fly, but it is so difficult! Fly fly ladybug is a gentle and warm adventure that dives deep into the world of insects. This nonverbal performance is accompanied with versatile live music, and it is ideal for the little ones as a first theatre experience. After the performance you can make your own little bug! The performance is a part of Annantalo Night of the Arts program.

http://nukketeatterisampo.fi/

Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977 and has established a Puppet Theatre Center in the centre of Helsinki, where there is a theatre, cafe and gallery with puppet exhibitions. The artists working at Sampo are professional puppeteers, musicians and visual artists. The repertoire of the theatre is rich and versatile, with live music in all performances. Many performances have become classics, that people come to see again and again. SAMPO 2018 festival is arranged by Puppet Theatre Sampo

Script, director: Iivo Barić
On stage: Sofia Airas & Satu Lankinen
Visual design: Matti Westerlund
Music: Iivo Barić & Satu Lankinen
Scenography, puppets: Tape & Emma Komulainen
Lighting design: Immanuel Pax
Costumes: Kristiina Jokinen

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Laiva on lastattu

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Fri 24.8. at 10 am
Age recommendation: For all ages
50 min
Tickets 12

A fast-paced puppet theatre concert filled with little stories, great adventures and the magic of the theatre! This ship is loaded with songs, rhymes and many kinds of instruments. Prepare for joyful rhythms and soulful tunes, changing moods and theatre puppets from near and far.

http://nukketeatterisampo.fi/

Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977 and has established a Puppet Theatre Center in the centre of Helsinki, where there is a theatre, cafe and gallery with puppet exhibitions. The artists working at Sampo are professional puppeteers, musicians and visual artists. The repertoire of the theatre is rich and versatile, with live music in all performances. Many performances have become classics, that people come to see again and again. SAMPO 2018 festival is arranged by Puppet Theatre Sampo

Script, director and visual design: Iivo Barić
On stage: Susan Aho, Iivo Barić, Antero Reinistö
Lighting-,sound- and video design: Immanuel Pax
Puppets: Maija Barić, Mona-Rita Sanmark, Kevin Gorby, Iivo Barić
Costumes: Kristiina Jokinen
Scene construction: Tape Komulainen, Emma Komulainen sekä työryhmä
Music: Susan Aho, Iivo Barić, Antero Reinistö

Hijinx & Blind Summit: Meet Fred (UK)

Puppet Theatre Sampo Fri 24.8. 7.30 pm, Sat 25.8. at 2 pm & 7.30 pm
Age recommendation: for adults
1h 20min
Tickets 19€/15€

Hijinx in association with Blind Summit: Meet Fred “Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” (David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival). A cloth puppet fights prejudice every day. Fred just wants to be part of the real world, get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Contains strong language and puppet nudity. “Striking visual inventiveness - Both funny and poignant” (British Theatre Guide). “A highly entertaining, moving and brilliantly produced piece of theatre” (Wales Arts Review). The performance is realised in co-operation with Helsinki Festival.

http://www.hijinx.org.uk

Hijinx is an inclusive theatre company based in Cardiff, all our productions include learning disabled performers alongside performers without learning disability. Blind Summit is based in London and is recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting companies working with puppetry.

Performers and puppeteers: Dan McGowan, Ben Pettitt-Wade, Gareth John, Morgan Thomas, Sam Harding, Jess Mabel Jones, Lindsay Foster & Richard Newnham
Director: Ben Pettitt-Wade
Lighting Designer: Ceri James
Technician: Tom Ayres
Fred Theme Music: Jonathan Dunn
Puppet design and realisation: Blind Summit
Blind Summit Puppetry Dramaturgs: Tom Espiner & Giulia Innocenti

Subtitles in Finnish

Lutkovno Gledališče Maribor: Little Blue and Little Yellow

Annantalo Sat 25.8. at 1 pm & 4 pm
Age recommendation: 3+
40 min
Tickets 12€

Little Blue and Little Yellow are the best of friends. Together, they go to school and play. One day, they embrace and become – green. They return home different, and are not recognized by their families. Through a dynamic interplay of colors, little and big theatregoers alike come face to face with many important questions about themselves and others. Leo Lionni gained extensive recognition with his picture book Little Blue and Little Yellow, published in 1959.

https://www.lg-mb.si/

Founded in 1973, when two amateur theatres joined forces. The repertoire of the theatre concists of plays for children, youth and adults. The theatre constantly examines and explores the art of puppetry and fuses classical puppet technology with modern approaches, with the aim of raising the standards of the field. Apart from regular productions, the theatre also offers a wide variety of additional art education activities and carries out innovative projects.

Directed by: Miha Golob
Puppets by: Primož Mihevc, Darka Erdelji & Mojca Bernjak
Set design: Lucijan Jošt & Branko Caserman
Composer: Vasko Atanasovskii
Assistant directors: Natan Esku & Elena Volpi
Translation by: Mojca Redjko
Language coach: Metka Damjan
Lighting design: Miljenko Knezoci
Sound design: Mitja Pastirk
Performers: Miha Bezeljak & Anže Zevnik
Photography: Boštjan Lah

Kuuma Ankanpoikanen: Gone with the wind

In the lobby of Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Fri 24.8. at 5 pm & 5.45 pm & 6.30 pm
Age recommendation: For adults
20 min
Tickets 12€

”With enough courage you can do without a reputation!” Kuuma Ankanpoikanen does it again! The classic movie of all times as a 20-minute outrageous pirate copy! Who asks for Vivien Leigh anymore, when the flaming feelings and unbelievable twists in the plot are translated by two of the most charming puppeteers: Sirpa Järvenpää and Merja Pöyhönen. Atlanta, Scarlett O´Hara and the insignificant male characters burn quickly and with a style, that you never dreamed you would get to see. And if everything should not go as planned… well… After all, tomorrow is another day!

http://kuumaankanpoikanen.com

A professional puppetry group from Turku, established in 2008. The cornerstone of its art is the lack of a beforehand determined style or format. Performances are based on touring and their production is totally determined by the artists themselves. The official aims of the group are to evolve and constantly renew itself, find new ways of expression and techniques and hold up an atmosphere of doing and experimenting. The group and its members have been awarded for its performances several times.

Concept, performed by: Sirpa Järvenpää & Merja Pöyhönen

Puppets: Sirpa Järvenpää

Text: Merja Pöyhönen

Musical assistance: Hilla Väyrynen

Directing assistance: Antti-Juhani Manninen

Thank you: Margaret Mitchell, Viktor Fleming & internet

TEHDAS Theatre: My very good Friend, Baron von Münchhausen

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Sat 25.8. at 6 pm
Age recommendation: For adults
Duration 1h 20 min, no pause
Tickets 19€ / 15€

Timo Väntsi´s puppet show about the world famous liar - now his reputation will be purged! We invite the audience to get drunk of the most extraordinary tales, that have made people laugh for 300 years allready. An old friend of Baron von Münchhausen is giving the dear Baron a chance to prove his magnificent stories true. On a journey with this self-absorbed gentleman begins a series of events, that is true – at least if you ask Baron von Münchhausen himself. The performance celebrates the tales, that we tell each other over a cup of coffee, in bars, on bus stops, at funerals, in bed, at work. It is a performance about life stories, the crazy moments in life, companionship. What remains of us, when the coffin is nailed shut, and what would we like to remain? Stories, maybe – the crazier the better. My very good friend Baron von Münchhausen is a puppet show, that adapts freely the wonderful adventures of Baron von Münchhausen, published as a book. Transforming characters in both human form and as puppets are swirled by the award-winning puppet artist Timo Väntsi. The musician Kari Mäkiranta makes up the rhythm of the performance, a forgotten organist in a corner of the dusty salon.

http://tehdasteatteri.fi

TEHDAS Teatteri is a professional theatre from Turku, established in 2000. It wants to create new theatre art. Puppetry, performance art and collaborations with other art forms make out the core of the theatres work, with an emphasis on new productions, experimental theatre and the personal commitment of the performers. The theatre director is Timo Väntsi (until the end of 2017). The theatres home stage is in old Manilla factory by the river Aurajoki in Turku.

Ensemble:
Text, puppets and scenography: Timo Väntsi
Music: Kari Mäkiranta
Directors, on stage: Timo Väntsi ja Kari Mäkiranta
Lighting design: Jarkko Forsman
Costumes: Sari Stenlund
Graphic design: Wille Heino

First premiere in TEHDAS Theatre, Turku 30.9.2016

Puppet Theatre Ofelia: Reetu and Lola

Annantalo Sun 26.8. at 2 pm
Age recommendation: 3+
40 min
Tickets 12€

Snakes in Cone Village! A mysterious box has landed on the roof of Adalmiina the mouse. Something rattles in the box. Adalmiina is baffled and asks Valtteri the wild boar to help. Valtteri has heard terrific news: snakes are moving to Cone Village! And snakes eat mice! The mysterious box opens and two little snakes look out: Reetu and Lola. They have travelled a long way from Snake Island and they are tired and hungry. Lola can´t wait to meet everyone in Cone Village, but Reetu is worried; what if they don´t like snakes? Reetu and Lola is a puppet play about the fear of the unknown, written by Nina-Maria Häggblom. The Finnish society is changing. More and more people are coming here from other countries. Children´s role in this change is vital. How do the children from other countries and Finnish children interact with each other? How do they encounter each other? The ensemble has collected material from pre school children in storytelling workshops.

http://nukketeatteriofelia.fi

Puppet Theatre Ofelia is a traveling company that was established in 2006. This solo puppet theatre run by Anne Lihavainen is based in Porvoo. Anne has been doing puppetry for over 20 years and has works at Teatteri Mukamas, Puppet Theatre Vihreä Omena and Puppet Theatre Sampo and was one of the persons establishing Puppet Theatre Centre Buoy. She has also worked with the elderly, with children, female convicts and immigrants.

Written by: Nina-Maria Häggblom
Director: Salla Leino
Puppets and scenography: Anne Lihavainen
On the stage: Anne Lihavainen
Music: Petter Korkman

Puppet Theatre Niveltämö: Puppet Musical

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Sun 26.8. at 4 pm
Age recommendation: 12+
1h 15 min
Tickets 19€ / 15€

Puppet Theatre Niveltämö: Puppet Musical In the Puppetmusical the puppeteers create living and breathing musical numbers with instruments, voice, loopers, modern technology and the puppets themselves. The Puppetmusical is the first part of trilogy of musicals that have an aim of looking at the past, present and the future of the white man. The remaining parts will look at the present and the future as this one delves into the past. The Puppetmusical- His Story- tells the history of Europe in fast forward manner all the way from ancient Greece to the crusades and from the industrial revolution to the second World War without many words. It uses puppet theatre, object theatre, and loads of black humour. It is aimed at adult audiences and we have had a recommendation of minimum 13 years of age. . Come and see how the puppets will interpret our brutal history!

http://niveltamo.com

Puppet Theatre Niveltämö is a professional puppet theatre from Lahti, Finland, that has been active since 2006. The members are independent artists. The aim of the theatre is to offer quality puppet theatre for both children and adults.

Text, Director: Kaisa Karekallas
On stage: Sanna Heiskanen, Ilmari Myllynen & Tuuli Pesonen
Music and Composition: Sanna Heiskanen, Kaisa Karekallas, Ilmari Myllynen & Tuuli Pesonen
Lights: Kaisa Karekallas & Markus Karekallas
Sound: Ilmari Myllynen
Scenography, props & puppets: Kaisa Karekallas, Tuuli Pesonen & Minna Sundelin

Studio Damuza & Fekete Seretlek: RAT (CZ, SLO)

Kulttuuriareena Gloria Sun 26.8. at 6 pm
Age recommendation: for adults
1h
Tickets 19€ / 15€

Studio DAMÚZA & Fekete Seretlek RAT musical-theatrical psycho slap-stick inspired by dystopia 1984 The underground headquarters of the future society is led by the smartest animals on the world: rats! Primitive glove puppets. Meet them face to face – from two eyes to twelve eyes – their snouts have already sniffed you are here, they are waiting for you to spark off your reaction! The simple principle of puppet theater as a paraphrase of today's lifestyle and the power of capital as the most powerful thing. Old folk music combines experimental sound of new musical instruments. New theatrical form – combination of puppet craft and experiment.

http://feketeseretlek.cz

http://damuza.cz

Fekete Seretlek is a group of six musician-actors, that is reusing, changing and mixing motives from world music and making up its own original compositions and combining music with theatre. Violoncello, accordion, trumpet, double bass, violin, cajon and five voices. The members have graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) and work also in other theatres. The group started in 2004 as a trio and it has played all over Europe on festivals.

Studio DAMÚZA has been active on the theatre scene since 1999, and operated until 2004 in a space with the same name in the Old Town of Prague. The group incorporates mainly students and graduates of DAMU – producers, theatre artists, musicians and other artists, who want to reveal, provoke and explore ways of doing alternative theatre, puppet theatre, visual theatre, music and dance, away from the regular theatre institutions.

Directed by: Matija Solce
Music: Fekete Seretkek
Scenography: Matija Solce and Jiři N. Jelinek
Music instruments: Ondřej Janoušek
Cast: Matija Solce, Jiří N. Jelínek, Pavol Smolárik, Anna Bubníková and Ivo Sedláček.
Producer: Studio Damúza

KREPSKO: Bistro Beyond (CZ, FIN)

Puppet Theatre Sampo Sun 26.8. at 8 pm
Age recommendation: for adults
1h
Tickets 19€ / 15€

Somewhere on the edge of the world stands the painfully nostalgic Bistro Beyond - serving the last hopes with a cup of teardrops, still leaving an endless appetite for more... This performance is a darkly entertaining story, a visit to the far future with the fascination and beauty of the past. There where borders between animals and humans are constantly stretched, where we hear the melancholy melodies of far-away domras and untuned radio-stations - there is the very last Bistro. There bizarre beings are scraping their living and scraps of humour from the left-outs of society, trading it for a dinner in the forgotten Bistro Beyond. After all, who is at the dinner and who is the dinner? “Bistro Beyond is reaching the ideal of the theatre - music, set design, actors’ movements and idea create together a magic universe, which you watch, mouth open, sometimes afraid to breathe and wake up from the spell.” -Heili Sibrits, Postimees

http://krepsko.com

International theatre group KREPSKO was founded in 2001 in Prague. Starting with outrageous and brave improvisations, KREPSKO has created their own unique theatrical language based on enchanting atmospheres, dark fairytales and absurd tragicomical moments. They use aspects of circus and puppet theatre to tell stories without words, and to reach the deepest secrets and emotions of the audience. KREPSKO has created more than 20 reprising shows, performed all around the world and garnered numerous awards.

Directed by: Linnea Happonen
Performed by: Paula Laurila, Katrine Weigelt Nielsen, Pau Zabaleta i Llauger, Jiri Zeman
Music composed by: Mayim Alpert
Visual design: Kristel Maamägi
Light-design: Tobias Stål
With special thanks to: Lemmi, Haide, Ingrida Picukane

Co-produced by Piip and Tuut Mängumaja, Tallinn
Supported in part by Norden

premiered February 2012, Tallinn, Estonia.

Puppetry from the archives of YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company)

Päivälehti Museum 22.-24.8. daily at 12 pm & 1 pm & 2 pm & 3 pm, Thu 23.8. also 4 pm & 5 pm
For everybody

Tickets Free Admission

In Päivälehti Museum you will have a chance to take a peak in the history of Finnish puppetry in television. In 1960 started the first Finnish tv-program for children, The Ranin Family on TV. Irja and Matti Ranin did also puppetry in this broadcast, with the puppet Kasper as a main figure. The Ranin Family on TV was the beginning of regularly continuing tv-programming for children. The program was broadcasted on Thursday afternoons, in 30 minute episodes. In 1963 the program got a new name, Niksula TV. It featured also short films and international cartoons.

In this collection are scenes from tv broadcasts from 1960-1969. The following programs were broadcasted in Niksula TV: Prinsessa ja Sikopaimen (1966), Rautatiemuseo (1968), Tallinna (1968) and Postiauto (1969). Yle Lastenohjelmat.

Film: Women in Puppetry & Puppet Animation

Päivälehti Museum Fri 24.8. & Sat 25.8. at 5 pm
Age recommendation: For adults
80 min
Tickets Free admission

This short film showcase celebrates the talent of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives, in front and behind the camera. From alternative leading ladies to female views on sexuality, conflict and relationships – this recent collection reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and puppet animation today.

http://www.puppetplace.org

https://www.bristolfestivalofpuppetry.org

About Bristol Festival of Puppetry

Bristol Festival of Puppetry is the UK’s foremost international puppetry festival, celebrating puppetry and animation in all its forms on stage and on screen.  This wonderful biennial event has been bringing the very best in puppet performance and film to Bristol since 2009, and has welcomed celebrated and emerging talent from the South West and around the world.

About Puppet Place

Puppet Place is the UK hub for puppetry and animation. We believe puppets can open up worlds, start conversations, capture a notion, take risks, and tap into something in absolutely everyone. From sock puppets to huge carnival creations, we champion it all, and every two years, we go all out and celebrate our love of all things animated at Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

Introductions of the films

0 Trailer – Director: Emma Windsor (UK 2017)

1 Don't Think Of A Pink Elephant – Director: Suraya Raja – A girl fights against compulsions brought on by anxiety. (UK 2017)

2 Adam – Director: Evelyn Ross – In the beginning of them She created us. (US 2016)

3 Belle & Bamber – Director: Alex Forbes – A twisted comedy-drama about a little girl named Belle and her imaginary friend, Bamber. (UK 2016)

4 Higher Lover – Director: Elizabeth Johnson & Katie Hood – Stop motion music video for British band, Hanami Family. (UK 2107)

5 Punch's Letters To His Son – Director: Jenny Dee – Devised from the 1848 novel 'Punch's Letter's to his Son'. Punch's son is searching for answers, about his father, about himself. (UK 2017)

6 A Love Story – Director: Anushka Kashani Naanayakkara – A powerful tale about love faced with darkness conveyed through stop motion animation. (UK 2016)

7 Old Man – Director: Alicia Eisen – A man who confronts his greatest fear. (CAN 2016)

8 The Owl and the Lemming – Director: Roselynn Akulukjuk – A traditional story - a young owl catches a lemming to eat, or does he? (CAN 2016)

9 Evening – Director: Izabela Plucinska – A man and a woman have run out of words to say to each other – so they take action. (GER 2016)

10 Under the Same Sky – Director: Sylvia Ziemann – Two rabbits contemplate the night sky on the Saskatchewan prairies. (CAN 2016)

11 Wolf Eyes – Director: Katherine Boyer – Puppetry music video for Canadian band, Rah Rah. (CAN 2016)

12 Boris Noris – Director: Laura Beth Cowley – A short stop-motion film about NOT sharing. (UK 2017)

13 Kathleen's Diary – Director: Chrystene Ells – Explores many lost stories based actual diary entries made by Mrs. Kathleen Clews. (CAN 2017)

14 Now You See It – Director: Rebecca Manley – A short film about environmental damage featuring the voice of Ewan McGregor. (UK 2017)

Film: Puppet Master

Puppet Theatre Sampo 23.8. at 8.30 pm / Päivälehti Museum 24.8. & 25.8. at 6.30
For adults
15 min
Tickets Free admission

A lonely woman, yearning to be caressed, allows a man to transform her into a puppet. But when the man loses his interest, the puppet won`t let go. The Puppet Master is a fantasy drama with horror elements. It combines actors and puppets in a poetic story about longing for love, living in an objectifying relationship and clinging to another person.

Hanna Bergholm is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. She has graduated in 2009 from ELO Film School Finland with MA in Film Directing. Bergholm has directed several internationally awarded short films and also children`s drama TV series. Currently Bergholm is working on her first feature film Birds of a Feather which has been selected in Nordic Genre Boost 2016 and European Genre Forum 2018.

DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY (selected)
-Nukkemestari (Puppet Master), 2018, 15 min, fiction, Nukkemestari Ensamble/Aalto University
-Gorilla, 2010, 10 min, fiction, Periferia Productions
-Reetta ja Ronja (Reetta and Ronja), 2009, 10x10 min, TV Drama Series, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE -Varjot (Shadows), 2009, 20 min, fiction, ELO
-Mun Lappi (My Lapland), 2005, 30 min, fiction, ELO/Midnight Sun Film Centre

Director, Script, Producer : Hanna Bergholm
Cinematography: Arttu Peltomaa
Sound: Juho Luukkainen
Editing:Hanna Bergholm, Hanna Kuirinlahti
Set design: Heini Maaranen
Composer: Janne Storm
Puppet makers: Heini Maaranen, Hilla Väyrynen
Woman / puppeteer: Merja Pöyhönen
Man: Jari Virman

On the Night of the Arts, Thu 23.8. the film will be performed at Puppet Theatre Sampo at 8.30 pm. Afterwards there is a discussion about the film. Welcome!

K-12, includes scenes of violence, may cause distress.

Workshop: Table Theatre Workshop

Puppet Theatre Sampo Sun 26.8. at 3:30 pm

45 min
Tickets Free admission

Table Theatre Workshop

In this workshop participants can make their own puppet with Sampo's table theatre equipment. Everyone can choose their favourite character of different options. Puppets are made out of paper and controlled by a wooden stick. Table theatre material is designed by Maija Barić ja Camilla Mickwitz. The workshop is guided by puppet artist Ilpo Mikkonen. Puppet Theatre Sampo Sun 26.8. at 3:30 pm Reservations p 020 735 2235, toimisto@nukketeatterisampo. Free admission

Masterclass: The logic of Movement

Annantalo 25.8.2018

180 min
Tickets 45€

The Logic of Movement A workshop for puppeteers, dancers, mimes and animators about movement and manipulation. We all continually read movement information in the world around us, usually without knowing how we do it. We judge the speed of cars on the road; see where other people are looking; know when someone is happy or sad – sometimes exactly what they are thinking - and can recognise our friends and relatives simply by the way they walk. We identify living things by tiny details of their movement and instantly distinguish these from inanimate objects which may also move. Our ability to read this movement information lies deep in our animal past. Natural selection has favoured creatures with good survival strategies and knowing what the movement in the world around us means, has been a vital element in the survival of most creatures.  As a result, we humans decode movement information with an astonishing degree of sophistication. This puppet manipulation workshop demonstrates that magical animated theatre often depends on qualities of movement which we perceive almost subconsciously. It will help performers to:

a) understand how audiences interpret the movement of things. This in turn will lead to greater clarity in their own movement performance.

b) revisit the way our animal brains use movement perception for survival.

c) become more aware of the value of coherent and expressive puppet manipulation.

Annantalo Sat 25.8. at 9-12 am. Price: 45€.

Stephen Mottram – Biography

For thirty years, Stephen has been touring the globe with marionette shows for adult audiences. Best known of these are In Suspension, The Seas of Organillo and The Seed Carriers. He also worked on films like The Little Shop of Horrors and Strings. Trained in London and Budapest as a mime, he has a deep interest in communication through movement and spends a lot of time nowadays teaching.

Exhibition: Three Takes on Czech Puppet Theatre

Päivälehti Museum 21-26.8.2018


Tickets Free Admission

Three Takes on Czech Puppet Theatre

The exhibition deals with history and the contemporary state of Czech puppet theatre, and illustrates it on works by the most significant personalities and productions. It maps the history from the very beginning to the construction of generous theatre spaces. The exhibition includes three objects: two dividers with puppets, photos, captions and two interactive screens. Another object is an interactive puppet theatre with various kinds of puppets and hand puppets for those, who want to try to operate them.

The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) is a state-funded organization founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1959 as the Theatre Institute. Since the middle of the 1970s it has been based in the Baroque Manhart House on Celetná Street in Prague. In 2007 the institute changed its name to the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI). The mission of the Arts and Theatre Institute is to provide the Czech and international public with a comprehensive range of services in the field of theatre and individual services connected to other branches of the arts (music, literature, dance and visual arts). The ATI collects objects and work relating to the theatre, processes and provides access to them, pursues research, initiates and participates in international projects, and publishes scholarly work.

© Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague – 2014

Curators: Nina Malíková, Martina Černá

Design and technology: Antonín Maloň, Tomáš Zmrzlý

Production: Viktorie Schmoranzová

Photographs: Jakub Hrab, Vojtěch Brtnický, Kateřina Lešková-Dolenská, Josef Ptáček, Pavel Jirásek, Oldřich Pernica, Jan Merta, Michal Drtina, Jeff Kratochvíl, Viktor Kronbauer, Ivo Mičkal, Jan Rauner, Jindřich Štreit, Petr Veselý, Irena Vodáková, Jiří Zerzoň, archive of the Minor Theatre

Authors of exhibited puppets and objects: Antonín Maloň, Irena Marečková, Petr Matásek, Ivan Nesveda, Petr Nikl, Jiří Procházka, Robert Smolík, Jan Švankmajer, Alois Tománek, František Vítek

Exhibition: Puppet Theatre!

Puppet Theatre Sampo Blue Gallery 22-26.8.2018


Tickets Free Admission

Puppet Theatre! offers detailed, beautifully illustrated instructions for both the beginner and the advanced puppeteer in the art of creating imaginative, fascinating puppet theatre. Make puppets and stages from everyday materials and enjoy unforgettable experiences with puppetry! The instructions are designed by the acclaimed puppeteer and educator Maija Barić and illustrated by the well-loved artist Kristiina Louhi. The exhibition is also available as a book that was awarded with the Finnish Government Prize for Dissemination of Information, 1997.

Maija Barić studied puppet theater at the Prague Art Museum of Muses (DAMU). Maija Barić has been one of the founders of the Puppet Theater Sampo, whose artistic director she was from 1977 until 2014. Barić has written and directed nearly 30 plays at Puppet Theater in Sampo, where she has designed and built theater puppets and stage elements. She has also performed in many of them. Barić has published several books and has written articles on puppet theater since 1981 in various art and early childhood publications. Barić has composed and written lyrics to dozens of songs for Sampo's performances. They have also been released in records that are essential part of Finnish music education in kindergartens and music play schools.

Kristiina Louhi is a writer and illustrator whose warm and imaginative illustrations have been an important part of Finnish childhood for decades. Louhi graduated in 1975 from the University of Art and Design as a graphic designer. Her major subject was a book graphics. Louhi has released the Aino series since 1984 and the Tomppa series since 1993. In addition to her own picture books, she has illustrated numerous children's books. The books illustrated by Kristiina Louhi have been published in more than twenty languages.

Concept and design: Maija Barić

Illustrations: Kristiina Louhi

Exhibition: Puppets From Around the World

Puppet Theatre Sampo Gallery 22-26.8.2018


Tickets Free Admission

This exhibition is about the wonderful world of theatre puppets. The visitor can explore puppet traditions of different cultures and see puppets from around the globe from the 19th century to the present.

Concert at the Festival Club: Fekete Seretlek

Puppet Theatre Sampo Sat 25.8. at 10 pm


Tickets Free admission

On Saturday 25.8. at 10 pm Fekete Seretleks concert at the festival club! Fekete Seretlek (Czech Republic) is reusing, changing and mixing motives from world music and making up its own original compositions. Concerts are not only exceptional musical, but also visual experiences.  

feketeseretlek.cz

Fekete Seretlek is a group of musician-actors, that is reusing, changing and mixing motives from world music and making up its own original compositions and combining music with theatre. Violoncello, accordion, trumpet, double bass, violin, cajon and five voices. The members have graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) and work also in other theatres. The group started in 2004 as a trio and it has played all over Europe on festivals.

Matija Solce, Jiří N. Jelínek, Pavol Smolárik, Anna Bubníková & Ivo Sedláček

Open stage

Päivälehti Museum 26.8.2018

120 min
Tickets Free admission

Open stage for puppet theatre professionals at SAMPO 2018 Festival 26.8.

Puppet Theatre Sampo organizes an Open Stage event for puppet theatre professionals  on Wed 26.8. at 11:00 at the Päivälehti Museum Auditorium. The event is open for 5-6 performers or groups to present their 10-15 minute demo production to the professional jury and the audience. Performers can ask for written feedback on their questions that will be given to the audience before the event starts. The event is free for all participants. The stage is provided with simple lighting and the sound equipment. For more information and registrations contact iivo.baric@nukketeatterisampo.fi. The call is open till 27.7. Applicants will be informed on Fri 3.8. for acceptance to opportunity.

Meeting of Finnish Puppeteers Guild

Annantalo Sat 25.8. klo 14.30


Tickets Free admission

A meeting for the members of the Finnish Puppeteers Guild. Talk about contracts and payment guidelines. In Finnish.

FESTIVAL CLUB

The SAMPO 2018 Festival Club is open every night after performances at Sampo’s Fairytale Café and provides a meeting place for artists and the public. Free admission!

ELINA’S LIVING ROOM

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE LIFE OF A PUPPET ARTIST

Every night from Thursday to Sunday, the festival performers get together with the puppet artist and director Elina Lajunen to talk about life, art, miracles and everyday mysteries with rumbling vinyls of strange music playing in the background. Starting at 9 pm in Sampo!

THURSDAY 23.8.
Guests: Hanna Bergman, Merja Pöyhönen, Jana Vyšohlídová, Miha Bezeljak, Miha Arh and Stephen Mottram
Talk about the movie Puppet Master, the dangers of the jungle, parachutes and Franz Kafka.

FRIDAY 24.8.
Guests: Ben Pettitt-Wade, Merja Pöyhönen and Sirpa Järvenpää
Dreams, just an ordinary life and Gone with the Wind. Today we will have fun – after all, tomorrow is another day!

SATURDAY 25.8.
Guests: Miha Bezeljak, Anže Zevnik,Timo Väntsi and Anne Lihavainen
Truth or interpretation? A look into the backgrounds of the barons irresistible tales and a word about friendship, identity and tolerance.

SUNDAY 26.8.
Guests: Matija Solce, Anna Bubníková, Linnea Happonen, Kaisa Karekallas and surprise guests from the Open Stage
On the last day of the festival life is like there is no tomorrow! A short introduction into the history of Europe, rats, music, surprises and a nostalgic drink at the bistro at the end of the world.

Open stage for puppet theatre professionals 

Puppet Theatre Sampo organizes an Open Stage event for puppet theatre professionals  on Wed 26.8. at 11:00 at the Päivälehti Museum Auditorium.

WORKSHOPS

MASTERCLASS:
The logic of Movement

Sat 25.8. at 9-12 am.
Price: 45€.

Table theatre workshop

Puppet Theatre Sampo Sun 26.8. at 3:30 pm

Reservations p 020 735 2235, toimisto@nukketeatterisampo.fi

Free admission

EXHIBITIONS

During the SAMPO 2018 festival, Puppet Theatre Sampo hosts three exhibitions, Three Takes on Czech Puppet Theatre, Puppets From Around the World and Puppet Theatre Instructions.

All exhibitions are free of charge.

Three Takes on Czech Puppet Theatre

The exhibition deals with history and the contemporary state of Czech puppet theatre, and illustrates it on works by the most significant personalities and productions. It maps the history from the very beginning to the construction of generous theatre spaces.

The exhibition includes three objects: two dividers with puppets, photos, captions and two interactive screens. Another object is an interactive puppet theatre with various kinds of puppets and hand puppets for those, who want to try to operate them.

Päivälehti Museum 21-26.8.2018. from 11 am to 5 pm.

Puppets From Around the World

This exhibition is about the wonderful world of theatre puppets. The visitor can explore puppet traditions of different cultures and see puppets from around the globe from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition also provides information about different types of puppets and their manipulation.

Puppet Theatre Sampo’s Gallery every day during the festival from 10 am to 10 pm.

Puppet theatre!

Puppet Theatre! offers detailed, beautifully illustrated instructions for both the beginner and the advanced puppeteer in the art of creating imaginative, fascinating puppet theatre.
Make puppets and stages from everyday materials and enjoy unforgettable experiences with puppetry! The instructions are designed by the acclaimed puppeteer and educator Maija Baric´ and illustrated by the well-loved artist Kristiina Louhi. The exhibition is also available as a book that was awarded with the Finnish Government Prize for Dissemination of Information, 1997.

Puppet Theatre Sampo’s Blue Gallery every day during the festival from 10 am to 10 pm.

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TICKETS

You can by tickets online: nukketeatterisampo.fi/ohjelmisto

PRICES:

Performances for adults 19€
students, pensioners 15€
Children’s performances 12 €
Group tickets for children’s performances 10€/hlö

Festival passes for 5 or 10 performances available. Buy online, collect tickets for performances of your choice at ticket office.

5 performances = 70€
10 performances = 120€

Workshops: 2€ payment for materials.

Masterclass: 45€

Free admission:

Night of the Arts at Annantalo Thu 24.8.
Fly fly ladybug at 16.30 & 18 – limited number of seats,
free tickets will be distributed starting at 3 pm in Annantalo.

Movies and exhibitions at Päivälehti Museum & Puppet Theatre Sampo

Ticket office: Puppet theatre Sampo, Erottajankatu 7.

Reservations: 020 735 2235, toimisto@nukketeatterisampo

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Venues:

  1. PUPPET THEATRE SAMPO, Erottajankatu 7
  2. TEATTERI AVOIMET OVET, Erottajankatu 5
  3. ANNANTALO, Annankatu 30
  4. PÄIVÄLEHTI MUSEUM, Ludviginkatu 2–4
  5. KULTTUURIAREENA GLORIA, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12


 

Collaborators

Past festivals

2017