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Bambalina



Biography

Bambalina burst onto the Valencian scene in 1981, focusing its approach on the singular mode that is puppet theater. In its eagerness to regenerate and dignify this artistic mode, they created the Mostra de Titelles a la Vall d’Albaida (1985) and the Museo Internacional de Títeres de Albaida (1997), two initiatives that have signified a cultural experience for the district and which have become an international point of reference.

Bambalina was established in Valencia in 1991 and began collaborating with creative artists such as Carles Alfaro, Joaquín Hinojosa, Ramón Moreno, Gemma Miralles, and Joan Cerveró. The company has an ongoing presence in the main cities in Spain and in many European festivals. The company’s growing importance has resulted in numerous awards and firm recognition from high institutions such as the Generalitat Valenciana and the Ministry of Culture.

From 2000 on the company took on far more important projects: a co-production with Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales and the Instituto Valenciano de la Música. Later it signed exhibition agreements with the Instituto Cervantes and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that led to tours in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Morocco, and the whole of East Asia. In 2005, Bambalina culminated this expansion process with Ubú, a large format co-production for the Nave de Sagunto.

Bambalina has always been outstanding for the interdisciplinary vocation of its shows and for its use of a theater language in tune with the most contemporary playwrights. Over its 25 years of history, the company has staged some emblematic works of universal literature and musical repertoire such as Pinocchio, Quijote, Ulysses, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alice, The Maese Pedro Puppet Show and The Soldier’s Story. It has also developed a more personal line of creation with productions such as The Garden of Earthly Delights, Pasionaria, The Smile of Federico García Lorca, El cielo en una estancia or Kraft.

In 2008, Kraft received the Award for Best Children’s Theater Show from the Valencian Culture Government. In the same year Kraft received the Best Cast Actress Award for Mercedes Tienda’s performance  and the Best Producer Award from Premis Abril (Association of Theatre Professionals). In 2007, Kraft was recognized with an award for Best Show at the International Puppet Festival of Maribor in Slovenia, as well as an award for Best Show at the Vall d’Albaida International Puppet Festival.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/26/2011: Kraft (Spain)

The renowned puppet theater presents Kraft, a show in which an everyday object’s conventional use is transformed into something magical—where Kraft paper becomes an instrument of nature, creating the sounds of crashing waves, rustling leaves, and the crackling of a fire’s flames. Part of Kids Euro Festival 2011.

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