The Company/

History

Bambalina burst onto the Valencian scene in 1981, focusing its approach on the singular mode that is puppet theatre. In its eagerness to regenerate and dignify this artistic mode, they created the  Vall d’Albaida International Puppet Festival (1985) and the Albaida International Puppet’s Museum(1997),

two initiatives that have signified a cultural experience for the district and which have become an international point of reference.

Bambalina was established in Valencia in 1991 and began collaborating with creative artists such as Carles Alfaro, Joaquín Hinojosa, Ramón Moreno, Gemma Miralles, Joan Cerveró, Ricardo Belda, Jesús Salvador “Chapi”, Charles Ditout, Jean-François Heisser and Peter Csaba. The company has an ongoing presence in the main cities in Spain and in many European festivals. The company’s growing importance has resulted in numerous awards and firm recognition from high institutions such as the Generalitat Valenciana and the Ministry of Culture.

From 2000 on the company took on far more important projects: a co-production with Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales and the Instituto Valenciano de la Música. Later it signed exhibition agreements with the Instituto Cervantes and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that led to tours in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Morocco and the whole of East Asia. In 2005, Bambalina culminated this expansion process with Ubú, a large format co-production for the Nave de Sagunto.

Bambalina has always been outstanding for the interdisciplinary vocation of its shows and for its use of a theatre language in tune with the contemporary playwrights. Over its 30 years of history, the company has staged some emblematic works of universal literature and musical repertoire such as Pinocchio, Quijote, Ulysses, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alice, The Maese Pedro puppet show and The soldier’s story. It has also developed a more personal line of creation with productions such as The garden of earthly delights, Pasionaria, The smile of Federico García Lorca, El cielo en una estancia, Kraft, The unreal woman, Cosmos, Petit Pierre or Cubes.

2017

  Love to life As soon as the rehearsals started “Kiti” appeared. The spontaneous birth of a character is always joyfully welcomed into the rehearsal room. Soon after, everyone in the room felt that special bond between puppet and puppeteer. It was our idea to create a little life; an inspirational biography worthy of being […]

A box is not just a box. These CUBES contain stories, INFINITE STORIES. You can see, touch and organise them. But when they are thrown into the air … Anything can happen. And when they open … WHAT STORY WILL COME OUT? The same boxes, the same drawings, the same objects form a single universe […]

2015

2014

Imagine one day when you come out of school and there’s no-one waiting for you. Maybe you get scared but… What about using your imagination to overcome your fear? That’s what Kidd does with the help of his favourite characters: a superhero, a robot and his pet-a horse he always carries in his pocket. And […]

Pierre Avezard, called Petit Pierre, was an amazing human being whose life and work has moved thousands of people. His creation, a mechanical installation; fascinating for both the combination of characters and the inventions and gears that animate them, has become a great love poem for life. Every spring he proudly showed it to everyone […]

2013

2012

Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most recognized works of the illustrious French writer Victor Hugo. It is a romantic novel populated by touching characters who are exposed to a torrent of feelings that drive them to live in a passionate way. The main characters of this universal story face the fate of destiny […]

Disposable object From the infinite objects that we have invented with a solely practical purpose, there are some that are now particularly intriguing to us: the single use objects, the disposable ones. They are manufactured and distributed by the millions and their invading capacity is such, that wherever there are people, these objects are clustered […]

2011

2010

Let yourself go. OK? Situate yourself close to the heart, to its hidden side. FAN. Now think LOVE. The sort that makes your blood burn. The sort that opens the earth under your feet. The sort that nullifies your will. That drags you to perdition. BLUNDERBLUSS. What’s up with you? It’s not love, you’ve gone […]

You have been given a life. It’s not too much or too little, it’s all you have. This life goes from the smallest cell in your body to the farthest constellation. Life and the world depend on how we look at them and the very act of observing them can alter in itself the perception […]

2009

2008

Playing with Rossini’s Opera Coproduced by the INSTITUT VALENCIÀ DE LA MÚSICA + BAMBALINA for all audiences. We haven’t reproduced Rossini’s Cinderella, we’ve used it as a fabulous toy; using it to rediscover how to have fun with art, defining a realm in which everything takes on new meaning and using the original without eclipsing […]

Trees give us shade, fruit, flowers, medicine, oxygen… and paper. We were asking ourselves where the soul of a tree converted into paper could be hiding. One thing occurred to us: make the folds sing. This gave us some sounds that led us to notes for a primary musical scale, the tone of which, once […]

2007

Carmen

  • Golden Dragon Award by Regional Jury. Lleida Puppets Fair 2010
  • Special Mention by Internacional Jury. Lleida Puppets Fair 2010
  • Best Theatre Show, season 2010. Spectators Assotiation of Teatre del Mar (Palma Mallorca)
  • Best Adults Theatre Show, the Vall d’Albaida Int. Puppet Festival 2010

The unreal woman

  • Best Lighting Design (Premis Abril) 2010

¡Hola, Cenerentola!

  • Best Graphic Design (Premis Abril) 2009

KRAFT

  • Best Children Theatre Show (2008 Scenic Arts Awards Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana)
  • Best Supporting Actress for Mercedes Tienda (Premis Abril) 2008
  • Best Theatre Producing (Premis Abril) 2008
  • Best Theatre Show, Maribor International Puppet Festival (Slovenia) 2007
  • Best Dramatic Contribution (2007 the Vall d’Albaida Int. Puppet Festival)
  • Honourable Mention, Torun International Puppet Festival (Poland) 2007

El Cielo en una Estancia

  • Best Dramatic Contribution (2008 the Vall d’Albaida Int. Puppet Festival)
  • April 2007 Award for Best Supporting Actor (David Durán)
  • April 2007 Award for Best Set Design (Jaume Policarpo)

UBÚ

  • 2006 Scenic Arts Awards (Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana): Best Score (Jesús Salvador “Chapi”)

Pasionaria

  • 2001 Scenic Arts Awards (TGV):Best theatre show
  • 2001 Scenic Arts Awards (TGV):Best lighting (Victor Antón)
  • The Cartelera Turia Award for best theatrical contribution in 2001

Cyrano de Bergerac

  • La Garnacha National Theatre Competition Award (Logroño 1999) for best supporting actress for Esperanza Giménez

Alice

• Best Scenography 1997 (T.G.V.)

• Critics Award for Best Director 1997

El Retablo de Maese Pedro

  • Honourable Mention from the Grand Theatre, Havana (Cuba) 1999

The garden of earthly delights

  • Critics’ award for Best Plastic Production 1996
  • 1996 Scenic Arts Awards (TGV):Best Score (Joan Cerveró)

Ulysses

  • Best Show in the Sallanches (France) International Humour Festival
  • Critics’ award for the Best Valencian Show (92-93 season)

Quijote

  • Best Show, Botosani Marionettes Festival (Romania)
  • Honourable Mention from the Grand Theatre, Havana (Cuba) 1999
  • Best show, Torun International Puppet Festival 1999 (Poland)
  • Best dramatic contribution (2005 the Vall d’Albaida Int. Puppet Festival)
  • Corral de Comedias 2007, Almagro Theater Festival Award to Bambalina artistic contribution
  • AVETID d’Or 2006, Award to Bambalina artistic contribution