Handspring Puppet Co.

Handspring Puppet Company was founded in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa and has grown under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones for 30 years. The company is widely recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent puppet theatre company with work spanning three decades of creating theatre for adults and children.

Handspring’s work has established its signature of artistic excellence through the use of finely crafted puppets within a live theatrical context. The marriage of the disciplines of Fine Art and Theatre is at the heart of the discipline of puppetry in general and Handspring’s work in particular. Whether the content is drawn from external events or interior landscapes, what characterises Handspring’s work is an honest emotional investment in the subject and a commitment to giving voice to our humanity.

In 1985, Handspring produced David Lytton’s Episodes of an Easter Rising – the company’s first play for adults. The success of the production led to collaborations with a string of talented directors: Esther van Ryswyk, Mark Fleishman, Malcolm Purkey, Barney Simon and more regularly with William Kentridge on several multi-media productions. Handspring has also created successful productions with artists from other parts of the African continent including Sogolon Puppet Troup from Mali and Koffi Koko from Benin.

Recently, the run-away hit play War Horse, produced by The Royal National Theatre in London, has established Handspring as one of the most important puppet companies in the world. This success has afforded the company the opportunity to further develop the art form they are so passionate about.

-- Quaternaire represents Handspring Puppet Company worldwide (except South Africa).

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Datesort ascending Spectacle Lieu Ville Pays
2016-11-14 00:00:00-2016-11-16 00:00:002016-11-14 00:00:00 2016-11-16 00:00:00 Il Ritorno d'Ulisse Lincoln Center for the Preforming Arts New York USA
2016-05-28 00:00:00-2016-05-29 00:00:002016-05-28 00:00:00 2016-05-29 00:00:00 Il Ritorno d'Ulisse Asia Culture Center, Asian Arts Theatre Gwangju South Korea
2015-11-24 00:00:00-2015-12-12 00:00:002015-11-24 00:00:00 2015-12-12 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Grande Halle de la Villette Paris France
2015-11-19 00:00:00-2015-11-20 00:00:002015-11-19 00:00:00 2015-11-20 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Budapest Hungary
2015-10-15 00:00:00-2015-11-07 00:00:002015-10-15 00:00:00 2015-11-07 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Print Room at the Coronet London UK
2015-10-11 00:00:00-2015-10-11 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Teatre Municipal de Girona, Temporada Alta Gerona Spain
2015-05-01 00:00:00-2015-05-03 00:00:002015-05-01 00:00:00 2015-05-03 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Zellerbach Playhouse, Cal Performances Berkeley Etats-Unis
2015-04-15 00:00:00-2015-04-19 00:00:002015-04-15 00:00:00 2015-04-19 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Berkeley Street Theatre, Canadian Stage Toronto Canada
2015-02-24 00:00:00-2015-02-28 00:00:002015-02-24 00:00:00 2015-02-28 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth Festival Perth Australie
2014-12-17 00:00:00-2014-12-21 00:00:002014-12-17 00:00:00 2014-12-21 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Onassis Cultural Center Athens Greece
2014-12-11 00:00:00-2014-12-13 00:00:002014-12-11 00:00:00 2014-12-13 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission BOZAR Brussels Belgium
2014-11-20 00:00:00-2014-11-22 00:00:002014-11-20 00:00:00 2014-11-22 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission RomaEuropa / Teatro della Pergola Florence Italy
2014-08-28 00:00:00-2014-08-30 00:00:002014-08-28 00:00:00 2014-08-30 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh UK
2014-08-15 00:00:00-2014-08-17 00:00:002014-08-15 00:00:00 2014-08-17 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Taipei Arts Festival Taipei Taiwan
2014-04-24 00:00:00-2014-04-27 00:00:002014-04-24 00:00:00 2014-04-27 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission Festival de Teatro de Caracas 2014 (TBC) Caracas Vénézuela
2014-04-16 00:00:00-2014-04-19 00:00:002014-04-16 00:00:00 2014-04-19 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission XIV Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota Bogota Columbia
2014-03-15 00:00:00-2014-03-16 00:00:002014-03-15 00:00:00 2014-03-16 00:00:00 Ubu and the Truth Commission MIT#SP Mostra International de Teatro de Sao Paulo Sao Paulo Brazil