Im September 2015 erhielt Uta Gebert den Preis des Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières Frankreich in der Kategorie "Création/Expérimentation".
Prize for Creation/Experimentation rewarding a recent young artist/company who has renewed the language, practices and aesthetic forms of the arts of puppetry.
The jury wished to distinguish Uta Gebert. This artist, trained at the drama school "Ernst Busch" in Berlin and the ESNAM in Charleville-Mézières, has for several years determinedly carried out remarkable work. She has developed an aesthetic language where the word fades and strong enigmatic images take its place. The jury underlines her great mastery in the art of animation and the quality of her scenographic work, allied with the plastic beauty of her puppets which she makes herself. The multiplicity of her competences at the service of demanding research, taking constant risks in a difficult professional environment is recommended by the jury. This artist has opened up new channels for the arts of puppetry. She also has surrounded herself with collaborators who have developed a subtle, poetic theatre.
Each of these prizes is awarded by an International Jury consisting of artists, academics, journalists and directors of festivals.
The trophy was designed by Luc Amoros, grand master of shadow theatre. He has reproduced the character of Püberg, avatar of Punch and Karagöz, created by the artist 30 years ago.
These prizes were awarded on 25 September 2015 during a ceremony presided over by Boris Ravignon, the mayor of Charleville-Mézières, President of the conurbation of Charleville-Mézières/Sedan, and Raymond Weber, President of the IIM. Two IIM Prizes for Research were awarded this year, as this prize was not awarded in 2013.