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

Pulcinella, Carnevale and five small pulcinellini

Creation in progress with and by Valentina Valentini and Lola Kil. Production Les abougazelles cent têtes, with the support of Paris Anim’Rebeval, Théâtre aux Mains Nues, Casa delle Guarattelle, Halle Roublot.

Puppet show freely inspired by the work of Bruno Leone. Estimated duration 50 minutes.  From 3 years to 110 years.

Synopsis:

Pulcinella and Carnevale, long-time friends, become rivals for the love of Teresina. Teresina chooses Pulcinella, but Carnevale does not see it that way and decides to disguise himself as a woman to lure his friend and rival away from his beloved. While Pulcinella is under his spell, the guappo Gennarino also falls in love with Carnevale dressed as a woman. A succession of events leads to his death. He arrives in hell and convinces the devil Farfariello to help him take his revenge. As a result of this plan, Pulcinella becomes pregnant and gives birth to five Pulcinellini.

Workshops

Meetings with the public to make and manipulate wood puppets

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.

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 adults with disabilities from Simon de Cyrène organization

 

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.

Meetings with families to make, manipulate and create a papier mâché puppet show.

The children first choose which type of character to build: animal or human. Then, with recycled materials, they model, decorate and dress the hobbyists to finally manipulate them behind a castelet through improvisation exercises. Workshop can be carried out in 1, 2 or 3 sessions depending on the number of participants.

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

Parents / children workshop for the construction of articulated silhouetted puppets in colored cardboard, Les Mureaux, July 25, 2021

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...

Engagée par différentes compagnies et associations telles que le collectif Fokus, La Cie Cambalache, Môm’artre, Simon de Cyrène, l’Ecole Montessori, elle anime des puppet workshops pour personnes en situation de handicap, personnes âgées, enfants et familles.

In 2020 she created the show The Pulcinella’s song, inspired by the canvases of guarattelle, traditional Neapolitan puppet showses and is the artistic director of the puppet theatre company Les abougazelles cent têtes.

She is currently working on a new project based on the character of Pulcinella, supported by various organisations including the Théâtre aux mains nues and the Théâtre de la Halle Roublot. Théâtre aux mains nues et le Théâtre de la Halle Roublot. In all her shows she is a constructor, performer and director.

Pictures

Pulcinella, bois de tilleul
Le chien (Cacciuttiello), bois de tilleul
Le policier, pâte à bois
Pulcinella, pâte à bois
Pulcinella et Pasquale dans le cercueil (le tyran), pâte à bois
Teresina ( la fiancée de Pulcinella), pâte à bois
Show The Pulcinella’s song, festival Burattini alle serre, juillet 2023, Istituto per i beni marionettistici e il teatro popolare, Grugliasco, Italie. Photo de Lorenzo Mascherpa
The Pulcinella’s song, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes (FMTM) 2021
25 juillet 2021, Spectacle The Pulcinella’s song, festival Tous au parc, Les Mureaux.
Photograph by Patrick Boucher
Avril 2021, Show The Pulcinella’s song, rue Boy Zelensky 75010 Paris
Décembre 2021, The Pulcinella’s song, salle de Théâtre du Centre Paris Anim’Mado Robin
Show Imbroglio

Marionnettes en construction

Teresina, bois de tilleul
La Mort, bois de tilleul
Le Diable, Gennarino, Carnevale, La Mort, bois de tilleul

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