French puppeteer. The eldest son of Marcel Temporal, Jean-Loup was an exceptional puppeteer who worked from 1946 to 1950 with Gaston Baty. The main activities of the Compagnie des Marionnettes Temporal, created in 1949 and renamed Atelier 75 in 1976, was geared towards children. Jean-Loup Temporal was one of the first French artists to have performed in schools. He wrote his own plays for a young public and created Samba, the famous puppet depicting a little African boy that was characteristic of the time. He also regularly offered shows for adults, such as Tueur sans gages (The Killer, 1972) by Eugène Ionesco.

Jean-Loup Temporal was vice president of UNIMA (1960), and was asked to create the French centre of the organization (UNIMA-France, 1961); he was its president from 1965 to 1967.

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