Under this initiative, leading international artists are invited to explore the direction of development in puppet theater art today. The director and key performer of this piece is Nina Dimitrova, also a professor at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia, Bulgaria. We challenge the system of art education in Japan, where there are no drama courses covering puppetry, and jointly explore the solution. In addition, there will be a joint performance in Oshima-machi of folk entertainment from Oshima island, creating the opportunity for islanders in the Oshima area to enjoy art from overseas.
Puk Puppet Theatre was established in 1971 as Japan’s first permanent theater specializing in puppetry, as a project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Puppet Theatre PUK troupe. Since then, it has been responsible for Puppet Theatre PUK’s theatrical operations, planning and production.
While continuing to be a platform for Puppet Theatre PUK’s stage creations, Puk Puppet Theatre also collaborates on innovations to conserve other specialist puppet theater troupes and traditional puppet theater, driving the development of international exchange in the field of puppet theater. It also develops partnerships in various theatrical and cultural activities. Through efforts including international ventures, it aims to create and promote contemporary puppet theater art.
PUK PUPPET THEATRE
2-12-3, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Puk Puppet Theatre (Shibuya City, Tokyo), Oshima-machi Development Center (Oshima‐machi, Tokyo)