Puppenspieler*innen im Exil


Political events around the world mean that puppeteers have to leave their homes for various reasons. In Afghanistan, since the Taliban have taken power again, puppet theatre is considered a sin, as human images are forbidden, as is theatre. In Ukraine, since Russia's attacks, the living and working conditions for the people have become enormously difficult; as for artists in general, it is often impossible for puppeteers to continue working or to reach their audience. This is all the more regrettable as puppet theatre in Ukraine, as in many countries in Eastern Europe, has a high status and a correspondingly high artistic standard.

Puppeteers from both countries are in exile, many in Germany, the leader of the PARWAZ group in Marseille. The Munich puppet theatre festival "wunder Punkt" (engl: sore point) does not want to leave out this sore point and invites Ukrainian and Afghan puppeteers to a meeting to share their different and common experiences of living and working in exile.

Puppet Theatre in Exile - Panel Discussion
with Afghan and Ukrainian Theatre Makers

The panel discussion will present the significance that puppetry has had in Afghanistan and Ukraine up to now. The four puppeteers will then talk about their new situation in exile, their experiences so far and, last but not least, about their needs and wishes for their host country.

Abdulhaq Haqjoo (Afghanistan)
Karim Asir (Afghanistan)
Elistin Mikhailov (Ukraine)
Daria Ivanova (Ukraine)
Ibrahim Hotak (Goethe-Institut Kabul)
Wieland Jagodzinski (co-initiator of the Afghan puppet theatre Parwaz)
Moderation: Thomas Stumpp (Goethe Institute, Figure Theatre Department and Executive Director of GFP e.V.)

Friday, 4 November 22, 4.00 p.m. | 90 min
Hall of the Munich City Museum
Free admission

Hans in Luck
Dari and German
Parwaz Puppet Theatre (Afghanistan)

The Grimm's Fairy Tale of Getting Lighter from an Afghan Perspective

Hans receives a lump of gold the size of his head as a reward for seven years of work. He exchanges this for a horse, the horse for a cow... the less he has, the lighter he feels not only on his back but also around his heart.


Saturday, 5 November 22, 11.00 a.m.
From 5 years | 50 min
Bellevue di Monaco
Admission free

Following the performance, there will be a puppet-making workshop for young people.

The mischievous little bunny
in Ukrainian
Puppet Theatre Artway (Ukraine)

The adventures of Buk the bunny as a colourful puppet theatre.

The Artway Puppet Theatre tells a story about the importance of friendship, all about the mischievous bunny Buk.

Sunday, 6 November 22, 11.00 a.m.
From 4 years | 50 min
Bellevue di Monaco
Admission free

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Goethe-Institut München

In Kooperation mit Bellevue di Monaco

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