Spanish sculptor, scenographer, director. Luís Z. Boy worked in Spain with the Rocambole puppet company, which gave large-scale open-air shows, before he came to Britain where he founded Siesta, dedicated to small-scale visual theatre for adults.
Artistic director of the Norwich Puppet Theatre from 1991 to 2008, he initiated an audacious programme exploring the potential of the puppet as a medium for poetry, and in the same period directed various projects in Europe. He continues to undertake such projects since leaving Norwich and he is now based in his native Spain.
Luís Z. Boy’s aesthetic is modernist, sometimes surrealist. He enjoys surprising his audiences with unusual interpretations of well-known folk tales such as Snow White, Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol (entitled Scrooge, made in collaboration with the Theater Taptoe of Ghent), Jack and the Beanstalk (which Boy performed himself, with a musician), Hansel and Gretel and Harlequin in Trouble, this last in the style of a classic commedia dell’arte glove puppet show.
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