Puppet Theatre from Mali – An exhibit by Birgitta Robinger

Africa is rich with theatre traditions and colorful rituals. There are important fertility rituals, performed as a means to worship nature, using masks, dance and puppets. Stories and tales are as eternal as nature. The tales are brought to life by storytellers, singers, masks and puppets dancing in ritual puppet theatre.
In this small exhibit you will find an expressive collection of puppets and masks from Mali in West Africa. The puppets are a part of total theatre experience, in which the puppeteers group together and cover themselves with large pieces of fabric, thereby building a tent. In the first part one puppeteer wears a large animal mask while rod puppets are manipulated from inside the tent. Other puppeteers in animal masks dance around the main creature, which is in constant motion. They dance with people from the village, creating a colorful celebration as well as a sacred and social ritual for all of the inhabitants who are participants in the songs, music, dance and puppet theatre.


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Festival of Wonder 5. – 8. november 2015