FESTIVAL ARCHIVE  —  2024

2024 Festival Archive: Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel

Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel: Spleen

January 19-21, 2024

The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Special thanks to Goethe-Institut Chicago

QUICK LINKS:

Scholarship and Resources

World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts Entry

Play Video

View the presentation above or watch full symposium on Howlround.

Michael Vogel and Charlotte Wilde at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Saturday, January 20th 2024, Michael Vogel and Charlotte Wilde were speakers at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 1 – Mechanisms.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dr. Paulette Richards, and held online through Howlround. Panel 1 – Mechanisms explores the question: How do mechanisms, both digital and mechanical, ingenious and simple work to animate the material characters and performance?

Festival Performances

About the Performance

January 19-21, 2024
The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Spleen is a kaleidoscope of pictures, songs and miniatures, inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems “Le Spleen de Paris,” published posthumously in 1869. Mankind on the threshold to modernity is described in scenes played out between thirst for life and longing for death, between a romantic search for infinity and a brutal triviality. The performers are on the stage with puppets and musical instruments, while Baudelaire’s texts are spoken by children recorded on tape. The magic of this kaleidoscope develops in the imagination between actors, material and audience – a sequence of pictures and live music that wants to counterpoint Baudelaire’s vision of the world and open it for a new understanding for the present.

Reviews + Interviews

The best things we saw at the 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, by Kimzyn Campbell, Irene Hsiao and Kerry Reid in the Chicago Reader

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, 2024, by Joshua Minsoo Kim in Tone Glow

Image Gallery

Past Performances and Further Reading