They’ve got the world on a string


Every two years, the town of Charleville-Mézières, in France, hosts a world puppet theatre festival—a giant gathering of puppet artists from all five continents. In 2015, more than 40 puppeteers from Québec were there to perform 10 different shows. Among them were Magali Chouinard and Émilie Racine, as well as the Motréal-based companies Tenon et mortaise and Théâtre de la Pire Espèce.

There were also many professional events happening in tandem with the festival’s performances. Many Québecers were there to take part—including Marthe Adam, founder and former director of the modern puppetry school at UQÀM, and Louise Lapointe, director of the Casteliers festival.

As the world’s largest gathering of its kind, this biennial event is an essential showcase for Montréal artists—and they are well prepared to shine on the international stage.