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.

1983

The show is structured around a simple and accessible story line, the primordial objective of which is direct communication with the audience, and so the story is put together with children’s contributions in order to build up a story that was originally just an outline. The young audience identifies with characters who are familiar to […]

We wanted to create a show that would have all those things that had always fascinated us in the theatre, from all of the springs in its internal machinery to the complexity of a dramatic text composed for flesh and blood actors. The result is surely something that is candidly pretentious, but we ask you […]

1982

1981

El Principito (The Little Prince) is a story of learning and discovery, everything in it being impregnated with clarity and poetry. The drawings that Saint Exupéry had printed between the sheets of the book looked like puppets to us and so we found some paintable white cork balls and then made a hole for a […]

KITI KRAFT

  • AWARD MAX 2018 , Best Show  for children, youth and family. 2018

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