File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 46

Date: Sat,  3 Sep 2005 22:26:27 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] UNIMA (international) questions

Dear friends,

I have two questions related to the international UNIMA that have come up 
during my recent research into Felix Mirbt's influence on Canadian puppetry:

1. Is Baird being strictly accurate when he writes that UNIMA was originally 
“an international marionette organization” (Baird 174) born out “of the Fifth 
Convention of Czech Puppeteers [...]"? Specifically, was it originally for 
marionette artists only?

2. In McKay's _Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant_, he writes that Lampoon 
Puppettheatre won a UNIMA *Diploma* for _Clowning Around_ when it performed 
"at the Vth International Puppet Festival in Bekescaba, Hungary, in 1977" 
(78). What exactly IS a UNIMA Diploma? Are they still awarded? I couldn't find 
any info on their (if I may say, rather poorly organized) website.

Thanks so much! You fellow Critters are always such a valuable resource!

Take care,

Jamie Ashby

PhD Candidate
Graduate Centre for Study of Drama,
University of Toronto

Co-founder, PuppUTopiate: the *only* puppet company at the Univ. of Toronto

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