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Puppets of the world come alive at workshop Mairivi

At puppet shows in Africa, the only thing separating the puppeteers from the audience is a line drawn on the floor. In China, puppeteering is an art that is mastered by few, as it includes opera singing as well as dialogue and folksongs. In India, marionettes were once a part of daily life for farmers, who would often spend their breaks improvising shows.

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Opium found in Ancient Cyprus vessel

Researchers at the University of York and the British Museum have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a vessel from Cyprus dating back to the Late Bronze Age. 

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Next year’s Athens & Epidaurus Festival program unveiled

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Vangelis Theodoropoulos (left), director of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, is seen next to Comedie-Francaise general director Eric Ruf (center) during a presentation of next year’s festival program in the Greek capital Monday. In a first collaboration between the two institutions, the prestigious French theater company has invited Belgian director Ivo van Hove to stage his combination of Euripides’ “Electra” and “Orestes” at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus on July 26 and 27. Robert Wilson’s “Oedipus,” based on Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus Rex,” will open the festival on June 21. [ANA-MPA]