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The World on Wire and Strings

Wire and Strings
Wire and Strings

In many languages, the word “marionette“ is a general term for a puppet. In Czech, a marionette means a puppet on a rod (wire) or strings. When a rod was used, it was a “royal” puppet for wandering puppeteers in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Between World War One and Two, at the time of the Renaissance of the puppet theatre in our country, Czech puppet makers left the puppet hanging on strings only for easier manoeuvrability and to make it resemble a live actor as near as possible. With the exception of the Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre, marionettes almost vanished from Czech professional theatres in the 1940’s. It was only the DRAK Theatre that went back to the rod puppet in the 1960’s. This return to “tradition”, however, has a different stage value and has a different implication and it inspires many other artists. This is demonstrated by our new exhibition reflecting other international puppet cultures and traditions.

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