Puppetry from all over Europe invade Stockholm!

By on August 18, 2018
Gabriela Petkova

Marionette Theater turns 60 and celebrates with the five-day long puppetry festival Pop up Puppets, which between 18-22 August invites audiences of all ages to European guest shows from nine different countries. The festival is housed in several of Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns stages at Sergels Torg, but will also pop up on Stockholm’s streets and squares.

– What’s extra exciting with Pop Up Puppets is the breadth and diversity we show up. And the festival will definitely punch the myth that puppetry are only for children, says Marionetteater’s artistic director Helena Nilsson. This is an art form for everyone, adult as a child, who additionally reaches entirely of language barriers.

During the festivals, the audience meets the Bulgarian theater company Puppet’s Lab, which has been praised for its innovative performances. British Pickled Image raises the concept of clown fear to a whole new level in the adult show Coulrophobia. In addition, the Jubilee Marionette Theater participates with acclaimed Da Da Da, theater for babies and Du och jag, a wordless meeting between dance and puppet theater.

Pop up Puppets 2018: Teatro Gioco Vita (IT), Puppet´s Lab (BUL), Plexus Polaire (FR/NO), Compagnie La Pendue (FR) Teatro de Marionetas a Tarumba (POR), Pickled Image (GB) Teater My (DK), Livsmedlet Theatre (FI) Clive Chandler (UK), José Gil (POR), Irene Vecchia (IT), Milla Risku (FIN) och Marionetteatern (SE).

Stages: Marionette Theater, Kilen, Hörsalen, Study, Brunkebergstorg, Norrbro
Target groups: For both children and adults.
Language: Puppetry is a visual theater form that often reaches across language barriers. The performance which are not wordless are played in English, or in some cases in original language. Introduction to the performances is given in Swedish.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm