12 August 2012

Master Peter's Puppet Show around the world

This visually imposing production of Manuel de Falla's superb one-act opera 'El retablo de Maese Pedro', which depicts Don Quixote's struggle with a theatre of giant puppets, was produced by the Spanish puppet company, Etcétera, from Granada. This is now part of a new exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Granada’s Parque de las Ciencias, which opened in June 2012.

The Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) of Granada in Andalusia is also where you'll find the large dinosaur skeletons from “Dreaming the Carnival of the Animals”, one of the works by Etcétera, which shares the space and setting with the huge figures of “El Retablo de Maese Pedro”, an opera by Manuel de Falla, one of the company’s last shows.  Read more about this on Puppetring.com

There is yet another version of 'Master Peter's Puppet Show' opening this week at the Victorian Opera in Melbourne (15 August), in which shadow puppets are attacked and a theatre is destroyed as the legendary Don Quixote lays waste to a helpless puppet show.  Victorian Opera, in collaboration with cutting edge Black Hole Theatre, brings this one act puppet opera to life as part of a fascinating 20th century opera double bill. Read more here!
There are now some great reviews in the local media for the Melbourne production. You can find these here and here!

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