Welcome to the website of Valentina

Inside, you will find a page dedicated to the shows with technical files, photos and promotional videos.

You can see the puppet construction and manipulation workshops that I teach, then contact me using the contact form.

The Pulcinella’s song.

Created in 2020 by and with Valentina Valentini.

Hand puppet shows from the Neapolitan tradition. Duration 40 minutes. From 3 years to 110 years old.

Synopsis : Pulcinella, in order to conquer his fiancée Teresina, is determined to sing her a song. But lots of characters interfere and try to stop him: his lifelong ennemi Don Pasquale, the dog, the death, the policeman, the priest and the executioner. It ends in a tragicomic way and love with Pulcinella always triumphs!

Imbroglio.

Created in 2017 by and with Valentina Valentini

Puppet show for all audiences, duration 15 minutes

Synopsis ... She proudly carries her box, which she imagines light and empty. But surprise !!! From the bottom of the box a strange character who seems far from stupid is turning out. Stoic, the little man nishes his walk, he feels as if everyone were looking at him and then all of a sudden, an object appears. What is it? Is it this woman behind him who tries to trick him? but quickly a complicity settles in... and then another object appears and then another one... But our hero hasn’t found yet what he had been missing so badly...

Teaser of the show The Pulcinella’s song

Workshops

Puppet making by wood pulp and handling workshops

Entering the magical world of puppetry, a multidisciplinary art that touches on writing, acting, music and fine arts, allows to free expression, develop an imagination and express it.

Workshops for children from 5 years old and adults. 
The techniques are adapted according to the possibilities and the ages of the participants.
Each participant makes a puppet from various recycled materials. The emphasis is on expressiveness, lightness and manoeuvrability. An introduction to the puppeteer's game and a demonstration of the work carried out with the characters can be scheduled in the final sessions.

A quotation is available on request via the  contact form.

Download the pedagogical programme

Puppets made by the participants of the workshop held at the Accorderie du Grand Belleville.

Puppets made by the participants of the workshop at the Simon de Cyrène association.

 

Excerpt from the Simon de Cyrène association's newspaper "Ensemble" n° 3 June 2018

Puppets made by the participants in the TAP (Temps d'Animation Périscolaire) workshops in schools in the 17-19-20 arrondissements of Paris.

Workshops on making and manipulating paper mache "marottes" (puppets).

Les enfants choisissent d’abord quel type de personnage construire : animal ou humain. Ensuite, avec les matériaux recyclés, ils modèlent, décorent et habillent les marottes pour enfin les manipuler derrière un castelet au travers d’exercices d’improvisation. Atelier réalisable en 1, 2 ou 3 séances selon le nombre de participants.

Marottes made by the children of the association Les Petits Poètes, Paris 75010

Atelier parents/enfants de construction de marionnettes silhouettes articulées en carton coloré, Les Mureaux, 25 Juillet 2021

Photographies de Patrick Boucher

Biography

She was born and raised in the south of Italy. One day in 1998, she took the train to Paris to partecipate in an international demonstration against the war in Kosovo. She’s been living in Paris since then. There, she discovered drama and street arts festivals, cinema, photography, music... She enrolled at Paris 8 University to study cinema and she completed her studies with a Master’s degree. Meanwhile she trained in creation of puppets, working regularly on various artistic projects such as the making of an animation film with articulated characters Kitsch Kong and the direction of a puppet workshop for the town of Paris.

After graduating as a film programmer, Valentina Valentini worked in various fields as video editor, cameraman, in charge of astronomy film collections at the Observatoire de Paris and then documentary movies on art at the Centre Pompidou.

During her free time, between two films, two editing, she continues making puppets.

One day in 2015, she decides to leave the professional world of cinema to dedicate herself entirely to the puppet arts. She joins the team of puppeteers of Manipulés du lundi at La Nef Manufacture d’Utopie, then goes to Naples to meet and train with Bruno Leone, before working with Diego Stirman for a year on the technical direction of his shows and the construction of latex puppets.

In 2017 she produces her first puppet show Imbroglio with the help of director Anne Carrard of Les Anges Mi-chus and of Diego Stirman’s scenographic design team.

In 2018 she joined the annual professional puppeteer training course provided by the Théâtre aux mains nues where she discovered the work of various artists such as Samuel Beck, Alice Laloy, Mathieu Enderlin, Claire Heggen...

Hired by various compagnies and associations such as La fabrique des histoires, Le collectif Fokus, Noël aux Halles, Simone de Cyrene, the Montessori School of the 11 arrondissement, Môm’artre, she leads puppet workshops for disabled adults, children and adults of all ages.

In 2020 she creates her latest artistic work of hands puppets, entitled The Pulcinella’s song, inspired by the canvases of guarattelle, traditional Neapolitan puppet showses.

Pictures

The policeman
The dog
Pulcinella
Pulcinella and Pasquale in the coffin (the tyrant)
Teresina (Pulcinella's fiancée)
Show The Pulcinella’s song
Show The Pulcinella’s song
Avril 2021, Show The Pulcinella’s song, rue Boy Zelensky, 75010 Paris
Avril 2021, Show The Pulcinella’s song, rue Boy Zelensky 75010 Paris
Avril 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, rue Boy Zelensky, 75010 Paris
25 juillet 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, festival Tous au parc, Les Mureaux.
Photographie de Patrick Boucher
25 juillet 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, festival Tous au parc, Les Mureaux.
Photographie de Patrick Boucher
25 juillet 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, festival Tous au parc, Les Mureaux.
Photographie de Patrick Boucher
25 juillet 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, festival Tous au parc, Les Mureaux.
Photographie de Patrick Boucher
A la fin du spectacle, les coulisses . Photographie de Patrick Boucher
Show Imbroglio

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