Bernd Ogrodnik, the Creative Director and co-founder of the Icelandic Middle for Puppetry Arts, Grasp Puppeteer for the Nationwide Theater of Iceland, and previous president of UNIMA Iceland, acquired a Knighthood from Iceland’s President on January 2, 2021. Bernd, an knowledgeable in marionette design and building for quite a lot of efficiency mediums, has traveled the world conducting workshops, in addition to educating at his dwelling base and on-line. Mary Nagler, the awardee of this 12 months’s UNIMA-USA Examine Overseas Scholarship, was savvy sufficient to decide on Iceland as her vacation spot and Bernd as her trainer.
A be aware on his Knighthood from Bernd:
“Yesterday we have been invited to our president’s residency the place I used to be made a Knight of the Order of the Falcon, for companies to puppet theatre and tradition. Due to Covid laws, my superb spouse and associate Hildur pinned the medal to my chest, which is greater than symbolic in describing her contribution to the wonders and success of my life. I’m a lucky man, residing in a land the place the president doesn’t need to be surrounded by safety guards, the place Mom Nature fills your coronary heart with inspiration, pleasure and vitality, the place the worth of Artwork is supported and revered and a Puppeteer is granted knighthood. I’m really humbled by this honor and vow in good knights’ vogue to maintain utilizing my puppets to assist defend and assist the land and its folks and to repay at the least among the huge love and assist I’ve been granted by this magical island known as Iceland. Thanks, pricey family and friends to your outpouring of congratulations and kindest phrases. I’m deeply touched.”
Knight of the Order of the Falcon—a well-deserved honor, and an excellent cool title.
Congratulations, Bernd, and right here, right here!