SOLOIST

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Crowded show

Marionettes come to life in the FIA

· The show Soloist, of the Spanish group Rocamora, was presented on Sunday in the Plaza de la Cultura in San Jose

· The talent of the puppeteer Carles Cañellas makes it appear that the puppets are handled by themselves, as if he disappeared from the scene momentarily

The art of giving life to the inanimate is a vocation that the European puppeteer Carles Cañellas has. With a joint strings and virtuous hands, this Catalan stages a street show of marionettes, be able to maintain without blinking for more than an hour adults and children.
This is who were tested today at noon in the Plaza de la Cultura, where the puppet show Soloist, of the Rocamora Company from Barcelona, was presented. The show came to the Costa Rica as part of the cultural activities of the International Festival of Arts.
What makes these marionettes so special? The difference with other puppets of its kind is that these characters are appropriate the stage by circuses acts, ballet, flamenco and other dances, performed with such perfection that it seems that the figure of the puppeteer disappears momently of the scene.
Cañellas reminds us that he is on the stage only when calling their stars, which come out one by one from their suitcases. The first to appear is a tap dancer named Johnny, a likeable black marionette, who is one of those who show the most perfect technique.
However, who wins the show is a marionette created by the Spanish that he calls only Grandpa, and despite his rheumatism makes rumble the stage with his dance.
Meanwhile, the esplanade of the Plaza de la Cultura looks very crowded. Some of those who pass by chance come to snoop on what keeps everyone so entertained. These bystanders end up staying, thus forgetting the chores of the day for a few minutes.
Gifting culture. Part of the cultural contribution made by Carles Cañellas and his partner Susanna Rodríguez, who helps him on stage, is the presentation of a piece of ballet starring by a marionette with mime’s air, which he says, has been accompanying him on his travels since 1979.
The piece takes the audience on a dramatic moment showing the exploits of a dancer to reach a star.
After this act, comes the turn of the last puppet, who accompanies him on this trip to Costa Rica: a gypsy dancer, called Pepita, who plays the castanets and moves to the best style of the Andalusian flamenco.
Soloist closes with the repetition on the stage with the Grandpa’s marionette, who takes the audience laughs at their attempts to learn to skate. This show ends when the artist behind the strings greets and expresses the hope that they do not pass another 20 years before to return to Costa Rica with their puppets.

Ana Yancy Flores M.. LA NACIÓN. 04/14/2014


The magic face of the Catalan marionettes charms in Como

The puppeteer has given one of the most intense moments of the festival.

Marionettes of a prodigious agility and a summer evening outdoors. There were so many ingredients on the fourth edition of "Alla corte di Tavà", the Festival of Puppet Theatre that last night, has experienced one of his most intense moments. The program had already indicated "Soloist", the spectacle of the Rocamora company of Barcelona, such an important event. To observe at Carles Cañellas operating with his marionettes arouses the emotion that is felt for a true master. The Catalan puppeteer shows a virtuosic, almost acrobatic technique, combined with a strong poetic sensibility. His puppets, from the cute little granddad on roller-skates to the exuberant flamenco dancer, to the poetic Pierrot, they looked living his own life. The audience’s attentiveness and the final applauses have emphasized the general appreciation.

Sara Cerrato. LA PROVINCIA DI COMO. 06/24/2000


Final bow

SOLOIST

ROCAMORA TEATRE

“Soloist” of Carles Canellas was the one who started the official opening of the 8th International Puppet Theatre Festival “Pierrot 2013”. There is no doubt if it is the kind of a play, which successfully synthesizes and represents the puppet theatre that we all exude deep in our selves. The attitude (we could name it love) of the actor towards the puppet, the correlation between an actor and a puppet, and the life of the marionettes as a whole are the core of the play. A play, cleaned from everything needless, a play which fits in a trunk, a play, where the whole beauty of the puppetry is collected in one, on top of that performed only by one actor.
Carles Cañellas shows his puppets to the audience in seven different acts, mixing shorts stories with dancing pieces. What makes this simple play so unique is the love towards the puppetry which Carles presents. In his hands all puppets become alive, so alive that it is hard to talk about them as simple puppets. Actually when watching we forget that they are puppets. We meet up with real little people who dance, dream and have feelings. For the audience is like a personal live mirror, in front of which they get in the vortex. We could hear them breathing and when we see them how they relate with the actor, now we are sure that they are alive.
Each of the characters has his own little story. It all begins with a puppet, which comes out of a suitcase. It leads us to an endless journey through the puppets’ world. When Johnny’s step dance is interrupted because of a technical problem, he decides to go up on the stage and show us what he is capable of. The audience is in rapture. And to prove the autonomy of the marionette, the grandfather forces his partner Carles to let him on the stage so he can get his minute of fame.
We could also feel the fear of the clown Felix when he is balancing on a rope. Then it’s the turn of Mendelssohn and Schumann and Pierrot who’s dreaming to reach the stars. He pursuits the stars in his dream - a dream full of tenderness. We could only stay quiet and share his rush towards the stars.
And the flamenco dancer -Pepita Repuerto- gives her everything on the stage.
The impressive dialogue between the actor and the puppet creates a sensation of things happening right now, unexpectedly. At the end Carles turns the marionettes towards the audience so they can meet them closer, just before he puts them in the trunk until the next time.

Teodora Kafedzhieva / Teodora Marginova.
BULLETIN PIERROT #1. 09/24/2013


Auteur Marionettes

Appreciated Cañellas exhibition with the show "Soloist".

Opening the festival was the company Rocamora with Soloist. It's about a marionette show of the Catalan animator Carles Cañellas. The structure is simple: using a diffuse formula, especially abroad, the show is composed by a sequence of «sketches», whose protagonists are the characters who interact with the puppeteer. It’s a form that winks to the old variety show and that is lent from the art of «buskers», the street performers -acrobats, fantasists, dancers, clowns-. Except that is performed with puppets, furthermore «at view». And here begins the difficulty, because if the structure is simple, the technical skill requested is remarkable. There is no a story in which to hold on or a curtain behind which to hide. The operator is alone, in front of the audience. From this point of view, Soloist is a show-assay of technique that should be filmed and shown in the animation schools, if there were in Italy. Cañellas conquers the audience, displays an exceptional dexterity giving to the marionettes movements almost humans. He plays with his own role, alternating moments where is involved in the action with his puppets with others where he limits to animate, literally «disappearing» from the public attention. He also touches the virtuosity, when one of the marionettes hides between her legs, and he continues moving it without to tangle a string or to lose the rhythm. It’s a piece of cleverness comparable to when Gassman recited upside down the Hamlet's monologue at the Teatro Tenda in the 70s: but that one was virtuosity of exhibition, this is functional to the show.

Pier Giorgio Nosari. L'ECO DI BERGAMO. 07/22/1997


SOLOIST
have participated in the Festivals:

1r FESTIVAL DE TITELLES PER A ADULTS. PREMIÀ DE MAR. SPAIN
FESTIVAL "VIA COL TEMPO" LUGLIO 1997
. CREMA. ITALY
VII RASSEGNA "ARRIVESNO IN PIAZZA!"
. BERGAMO. ITALY
FESTIVAL MULTISCENA. I COLORI DELLA SCENA
. VINCI. ITALY
X FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES Y MARIONETAS
. MÁLAGA. SPAIN
9a FIRA DE TEATRE DE TITELLES
. LLEIDA. SPAIN
XIIIè FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRE VISUAL I DE TITELLES
. BARCELONA. SPAIN
FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO RAGAZZI "LINEE DI CONFINE"
. ANCONA. ITALY
FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DEI BURATTINI E DELLE FIGURE
. GENOVA. ITALY
4t FESTIVAL DE TEATRE DE TITELLES
. SANT LLORENÇ SAVALL. SPAIN
COLORI D'ESTATE. RASSEGNA DI TEATRO RAGAZZI
. AVEZZANO. ITALY
AD INVENTARE LE FAVOLE. RASSEGNA DI TEATRO RAGAZZI
. BALSORANO. ITALY
RASSEGNA BURATTINI SOTTO LE STELLE
. QUARTU S.ELENA. SARDEGNA. ITALY
RASSEGNA BURATTINI IN CITTÀ
. CAGLIARI. SARDEGNA. ITALY
RASSEGNA BARACCHE, BURATTINI E BURATTINAI
. IGLESIAS. SARDEGNA. ITALY
RASSEGNA LE STELLE DI CARTAPESTA
. LA MADDALENA. SARDEGNA. ITALY
FIGURIAMOCI III. FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE BURATTINI E FIGURE
. FIRENZE. ITALY
MUESTRA DE TEATRO CALLEJERO
. ZARAGOZA. SPAIN
FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DEI BURATTINAI
. COMO. ITALY
VI FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE GIOPPINO & CO 2000
. CARAVAGGIO (BG). ITALY
VI FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE GIOPPINO & CO 2000
. TREVIGLIO (BG). ITALY
X RASSEGNA FAVOLE D'AGOSTO 2000
. SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA (RN). ITALY
FESTIVAL PARQUE DE LAS MARIONETAS. PILAR 2000
. ZARAGOZA. SPAIN
IL CASTELLO DEI BURATTINAI DEL MONDO
. MILANO. ITALY
16ème FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DES MARIONNETTES ET FORMES ANIMÉES
. FOURQUES. FRANCE
1r FESTIVAL DE TITELLES A CAN SANT JOAN
. MONTCADA I REIXAC. SPAIN
MARIBUR. IX RASSEGNA DEL TEATRO DI FIGURA OTELLO SARZI
. STABIO. TICINO. SWITZERLAND
IV RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI FIGURA "SIRMIONE IN SCENA"
. SIRMIONE (BR). ITALY
VI FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI FIGURA "DI TUTTI I COLORI"
. FIRENZE. ITALY
VIII FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE "IMMAGINI DELL'INTERNO"
. PINEROLO (TO). ITALY
VIII RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI FIGURA BURATTINARTE
. VERDUNO (CN). ITALY
DOCKTEATER FRÅN TRE KONTINENTER
. MARIONETTEATERN. STOCKHOLM. SWEDEN
MOSTRA RIALLES 2003
. CERDANYOLA DEL VALLÈS. SPAIN
RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE "TEATRO IN CAMPUS" UNICAL
. ARCAVACATA DI RENDE (CO). ITALY
RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE "FESTIVILLA"
. COSENZA. ITALY
XXI FEST. INTERNAZIONALE DEL TEATRO DI FIGURA "LA LUNA È AZZURRA"
. SAN MINIATO (PI). ITALY
RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI STRADA "SPETTACOLANDO"
. CAMPORGIANO (LU). ITALY
RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO PER RAGAZZI "LUGLIO BAMBINO"
. CAMPI BISENZIO (FI). ITALY
FORUM UNIVERSAL DE LAS CULTURAS BARCELONA 2004
. SPAZIO KABARET. BARCELONA. SPAIN
FESTIVAL INT. "BURATTINI E MARIONETTE"
OMAGGIO A FAUSTO BRAGA. COLLE UMBERTO (TV). ITALY
15è FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TITELLES
. GAVÀ. SPAIN
IV MUESTRA TITEREANDO / IKUSTALDIA TXOTXONGILO TXOROAK.
VITORIA-GASTEIZ. SPAIN
MUESTRA TEATRO Y ARTES DE CALLE / ANTZERKI ETA KALEKO ARTEEN ERAKUSTALDIA
. LAUDIO. SPAIN
20ème FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DES MARIONNETTES ET FORMES ANIMÉES
. FOURQUES. FRANCE
7a. CONCENTRACIÓ DE TITELLES DEL POBLE ESPANYOL
. BARCELONA. SPAIN
16è FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TITELLES
. GAVÀ. SPAIN
3r FESTIVAL "MONO, ESTACIÓ DE TEATRE DE MONÒLEGS"
. CASTELLDEFELS. SPAIN
VI RASSEGNA "BURATTINI D'ESTATE"
. CREMONA. ITALY
XVI RASSEGNA FAVOLE D'AGOSTO 2006
. SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA (RN). ITALY
3º Festival Itinerante di Teatro di Figura "BURATTINI, MARIONETTE, PUPAZZI"
. BRONI (PV). ITALY
RASSEGNA BORGHI E BURATTINI "LA PIAZZA DEI BURATTINI" MILLE FIGURE ANIMATE
. BERGAMO. ITALY
FESTIVAL DE TITELLES. MERCÈ 2006
. BARCELONA. SPAIN
TITERE-06. V FEST. INT. DE TEATRO DE TÍTERES DE LA REGIÓN DE MURCIA
. MURCIA. SPAIN
TITERE-06. V FEST. INT. DE TEATRO DE TÍTERES DE LA REGIÓN DE MURCIA
. BENIAJAN. SPAIN
2n FESTIVAL DE TITELLES DE LA RIBERA
. ALBERIC (VALÈNCIA). SPAIN
MARIBUR. XVI RASSEGNA DEL TEATRO DI FIGURA OTELLO SARZI
. RIVA SAN VITALE. TICINO. SWITZERLAND
MARIBUR. XVI RASSEGNA DEL TEATRO DI FIGURA OTELLO SARZI
. LIGORNETTO. TICINO. SWITZERLAND
10a. FIRA DE TITELLAIRES ROMÀ MARTÍ
. CALDES DE MONTBUI. SPAIN
11th WORLD FESTIVAL OF PUPPET ART 2007
. PRAGA. CZECH REPUBLIC
RIO LOCO! GARONNE LE FESTIVAL
. TOULOUSE. FRANCE
GUANT 3r FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRE DE TITELLES DE L’ALT CAMP
. ALCOVER. SPAIN
1r CICLE DE TEATRE DE TITELLES PER A JOVES I ADULTS
. CASTELLBISBAL. SPAIN
13è FESTIVAL DE TEATRE DE TITELLES
. SANT LLORENÇ SAVALL. SPAIN
X FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TITERES
. SANTA LUCIA DE TIRAJANA. GRAN CANARIA. SPAIN
1a FIRA DE TITELLES
. SANT MARTÍ VELL. SPAIN
FESTIVALUL INTERNATIONAL DE TEATRU PENTRU COPII SI TINERET "LUCEAFARUL"
. IASI. ROMANIA
3a. MOSTRA DE TITELLES DE MOLLET
. MOLLET. SPAIN
RASSEGNA MARIONETTE E BURATTINI 2009
. PARMA. ITALY
XVI RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI FIGURA BURATTINARTE
. POLLENZO (CN). ITALY
XVI RASSEGNA INTERNAZIONALE DI TEATRO DI FIGURA BURATTINARTE
. MONFORTE D'ALBA (CN). ITALY
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRE I ANIMACIÓ AL CARRER 2010
. VILADECANS. SPAIN
XX RASSEGNA FAVOLE D'AGOSTO 2010
. SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA (RN). ITALY
XV FESTIVAL MULTISCENA 2010
. VINCI (FI). ITALY
V ANIMAR. FESTIVAL DEL TEATRO DI ANIMAZIONE SUL MEDITERRANEO
. TEULADA. SARDEGNA. ITALY
>FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRE I ANIMACIÓ AL CARRER 2011
. VILADECANS. SPAIN
IX FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TITELLES I MÀSCARES
. ESPLUGUES DE LLOBREGAT. SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. TRESPADERNE (BURGOS). SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. MEDINA DE POMAR (BURGOS). SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS (BURGOS). SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. QUINTANA MARTÍN GALÍNDEZ (BURGOS). SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. VILLARCAYO (BURGOS). SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE LAS MERINDADES
. VILLASANA DE MENA (BURGOS). SPAIN
LA TITELLADA 2012,
7a. MOSTRA DE TITELLES DE LES ROQUETES. BARCELONA. SPAIN
2a MOSTRA DE TITELLES DEL TIBIDABO
. BARCELONA. SPAIN
19th INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
. HAMEDAN. IRAN
8th INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FOR ADULTS FESTIVAL "PIERROT"
. STARA ZAGORA. BULGARIA
28ème FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DES MARIONNETTES ET FORMES ANIMÉES
. FOURQUES. FRANCE
RASSEGNA TEATRO IN TASCA. CANTIERI TEATRALI KOREJA
. LECCE. ITALY
XIV FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE LAS ARTES 2014
. SAN JOSÉ. COSTA RICA
XV FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TÍTERES MEMORIAL JUANJO AMOEDO
. REDONDELA. SPAIN
TITIRIMUNDI 2015. 29 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRO DE TÍTERES
. SEGOVIA. SPAIN
NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2015
. GRAHAMSTOWN. SOUTH AFRICA
18 KUKLA FESTIVALI. ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
. ISTANBUL. TURKEY
10th IZMIR INTERNATIONAL PUPPET DAYS
. IZMIR. TURKEY
ACTE DE CLOENDA 27a FIRA DE TEATRE DE TITELLES
. LLEIDA. SPAIN
XXIII FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE BARAÑÁIN
. BARAÑÁIN (NAVARRA). SPAIN
II TITIRIMUNDI EN SOTO DEL REAL
. SOTO DEL REAL (MADRID). SPAIN
TITIRIMUNDI 2017. 31 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE TEATRO DE TÍTERES
. SEGOVIA. SPAIN
TITIRIMUNDI EN LA FERIA DEL LIBRO
. SALAMANCA. SPAIN
I FESTIVAL DE TÍTERES DE FUENTERREBOLLO
. FUENTERREBOLLO (SEGOVIA). SPAIN
MEMORIAL ÀNGELS VALERO
. SANT LLORENÇ SAVALL. SPAIN
A CALDERS 1r FESTIVAL DE TITELLES DEL MOIANÈS
. CALDERS. SPAIN
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Introduction

Grandfather Manuel

Grandfather Manuel

Felix, the fireman clown

Felix, the fireman clown

The dream of Pierrot

The dream of Pierrot

Grandfather skater

Greeting the audience

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