Company : Trukitrek
Artistic discipline : object theatre and puppetry
Public : adult, apt for children
Capacity : 400
Number of actors : 4
Language(s) of the show : wordless
Stage area : indoor, outdoor
Duration : 50





Jury's Special Mention - Luglio Bambino Festival – August 2010 – CAMPI BISENZIO (Italy)


Public's Award - Wandertheaterfestival – September 2009 - RADEBEUL (Germany) 



Best Performance Award - World Festival of Puppet Art – May 2009 - PRAG (Czech Republic)







Summertime. Some far-distant port town. A little hotel by the sea. Guests and servants do not suspect that those days will change their lives…





Hôtel Crab is a puppet show for adults, a comedy full of surprises, passions and misunderstandings. A story set in Russia, at a time that is neither real nor present. A dreamlike, deliberately artificial atmosphere, in order to arouse curiosity in the viewer.


Hôtel Crab tells the story of a hotel where nothing ever happens and the story of its newly arrived hostess. Unexpected events will break the monotony of this peculiar place. A midnight robbery takes everybody by surprise and will change the course of events for all the characters.


The story is told through three contiguous stages, three views of the same scene, with a theatrical language reminiscent of silent cinema.



Actors: Lu Pulici, Magda Mañé, Kiko Lozano & Josep Piris.

Set designer: Raffaella Brusaglino.

Puppetry: Lu Pulici & Josep Piris.

Clothes and musical edition: Lu Pulici.

Script: Lu Pulici & Josep Piris.

Director: Lu Pulici.

Production: Trukitrek Espectacles.



Hôtel Crab Performance


The show left a memory for a life time. We licked our lips in anticipation of what would happen next. The stage had three prosceniums and looked like a short piece of film stock. And oh, how cinematic the production was. Continuous entertainment flowed between the frames/windows. The style of puppet is called “humanette”. The puppeteer/actor uses their head and hands with a small puppet body in between. I have seen this novelty puppet before, but never realized it’s dramatic possibility. What did I like? The solo close-ups showing the motivation and desires of each character alone in their room. Also, the hotel and town. The cars and diamonds. The Hotel Maid. The dock and the ship. The actor’s face pantomime was great as they performed to a score of famous songs. Nothing was too long. The show had the pacing of a 007 movie. When the final curtain fell I relished in the thought of how many adults previously uninterested in puppets would find themselves loving puppetry for the first time.

Jerry Bickel, Director, Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre, Tampa, Florida USA –

Chairman of the jury - World Festival of Puppet Art 2009, Prag



The company