2024 Festival Archive: Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Papermoon Puppet Theatre: A Bucket of Beetles

January 19-21, 2024

Chopin Theatre

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

With special support from: American Indonesian Cultural and Education Foundation


Scholarship and Resources

World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts Entries

Play Video

View Iwan & Ria’s presentation above or watch full symposium on Howlround.

Iwan Effendi & Maria Tri Sulistyani (Ria) at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Sunday, January 21st, Iwan Effendi & Maria Tri Sulistyani (Ria) were speakers at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 2 – Materials.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dasia N. Posner, and held online through Howlround.

Panel 2 – Materials explores the question: What tells the story? How does the performance start with the selection of materials chosen for the puppet and set fabrication?

Festival Performances

About the Performance

January 19-21, 2024
The Chopin Theatre (mainstage)
1543 W. Division St.

Wehea lives in a big rainforest where even the smallest of beings are his friends. Inspired by the drawings of a four-year-old and imbued with the exquisite puppetry of Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre, comes a story of a beautiful friendship, of enchanting creatures and of the delicate connection between humans and nature.

Reviews + Interviews

International Puppet Theater Fest Brings Magic to Chicago, by Fran Zell in Splash Magazines

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

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Past Performances and Further Reading

Past Reviews/Articles