Puppetry Introduction Course

The magic of puppetry: both children and adults are watching a piece of wood and laughing, crying, getting excited – how the magic of this art is made? By using the most simple tools, such as objects, plain materials and our body, we seek to find the living character in the dead material, we get familiar with the unwritten laws of puppet manipulation, we examine the relationship between puppet and its puppeteer and learn about the special approach of puppet theatre dramaturgy for telling a story.

The following subjects are presented in the course:

– the principles of animation: rhythm, shape, movement, directions, impulses, breath, focus, space and statuses.

– finding the characteristics of a figure in material and the surroundings.

– Observing, listening and reading situations.

– using symbols and visual codes.

– applying emotions and thoughts to different materials and objects.

– presenting physical qualities through choices of material and manipulation.

– The relationship between body and object, body and puppet.

– stage design as a tool of adaptation.

– the body-stage design:

-building scenery

-adapting dramaturgical ideas to positions and movements.

– body parts as living characters.

– using selective lights (black theater).

– the puppet – puppeteer relationships