The Retablo comes to life: Performances between 1923 and 1946

Escenografía de Remo Bufano para la representación en Nueva York, 1925. Fotografía reproducida en C. W. Beaumont, Puppets and the Puppet stage,Londres, 1938.

Slowly but surely, El retablo de maese Pedro began to appear on the leading European and American stages, almost always under Manuel de Falla’s watchful eye. In addition to the  Spanish tour which he personally organised with the Orquesta Bética de Cámara, where Her-menegildo Lanz was in charge of stage design, the opera was performed in Bristol, New York, Zurich, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, London, Chicago, Venice, Brussels, Florence, Madrid, Rome, Buenos Aires, etc. Puppets of different sizes, string marionettes and masked actors were just some of the various solutions adopted by the artists who retold this story. Among them were many renowned names, including the puppeteers Remo Bufano and Vittorio Po-drecca, the sculptor Carl Fischer, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and the painters Cleon Throck-morton, Otto Morach, Héctor Basaldúa, Enrico Prampolini, Manuel Ángeles Ortiz, Hernando Viñes and Ignacio Zuloaga. This section contains visual and documentary records of those productions, which allowed El retablo de maese Pedro to live on in variations that honoured its commitment to combining tradition with the avant-garde.

7. The Retablo in the collective imagination

5. “Hispanic ideals”