Actors of puppet theaters performed in Astana
Actors of puppet theaters performed in Astana. Groups from 47 different countries showed their art to the capital’s residents and guests. All of them participated in the World Puppet Carnival, which was born in Los Angeles. The event took place in the Kazakh capital for the first time.
ROD PETROVIC, CREATOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORLD PUPPET CARNIVAL:
- We have chosen Astana not by chance. First of all, the choice is made since your capital hosts EXPO 2017. Five years ago, Almaty hosted the World Puppet Carnival. There were less participating countries. This year, puppeteers from 47 different countries take part in the carnival. This is the 11th times of the carnival.
OUSERY LIAS, PUPPETEER, FRANCE:
- I like the magic that these puppets give birth to. Their magic fascinates and captivates not only children, but also adults which is a small miracle.
The participants of the World Puppet Carnival are masters from Europe, Argentina, Australia, Turkey and Japan. Organizations from some of Russian cities arrived to Astana including the owners of the Golden Mask theatre award and artists of the Puppet Format Theater from St. Petersburg.
OLGA DONETS, PUPPETEER, RUSSIA:
- When I saw how puppets work, I realized that this is a kind of miracle. When I started working with a doll, I realized that this is a dramatic actor. But the advantage is doubled because you make the puppet live, not yourself.
After a colorful procession along the capital embankment to the Kazakh Drama Theater, the organizers surprised the puppeteers. Young singers and musicians performed one by one, they sang national songs and played traditional Kazakh instruments. The carnival’s participants got acquainted with the characters of the Kazakh puppet theaters.
DOSYMKHAN BEISYENBAYEV, PUPPETEER, ASTANA :
- 9 puppet theaters work in Kazakhstan. Personally, I like my profession. I have worked for 25 years and never regretted about it. We are very happy about this unique opportunity to learn from the experience of the world’s best puppet groups.
Another distinguishing feature of the current carnival was the performance by artists not only on stage, but also in street performances where any passer-by could become a spectator.