The arts were censored under Gen. Francisco Franco’s repressive 36-year rule, but after his death in 1975, the puppet scene — along with almost everything else — flowered anew.
July 7, 2013 Founded by the Pepe Otal, Casa-Taller de Marionetas is a workshop and performance space at the center of Barcelona’s puppetry scene. In the newly liberated post-Franco Spain, a new generation of puppeteers emerged, among them Otal. Otal was a sailor who did a few years of formal puppet study before founding his own marionette workshop in 1975. Six years after Otal’s death in 2007, the workshop lives on in an ancient building in the gritty, graffiti-streaked Raval neighborhood as a co-op run by Otal’s proteges. Xavier Cervera/Panos Pictures for The Washington Post Buy Photo