Czech puppet theatre in global contexts: roots, theories and encounters

Source document: Theatralia. 2015, vol. 18, iss. 2, pp. 5-31
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5-31
  • ISSN
    1803-845X (print)
    2336-4548 (online)
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Article
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Czech
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Abstract(s)
This article is both an introduction to this volume as well as to the rich and enchanting world of Czech puppet theatre, with its unique combination of transnational and geographically and cultural distinctive features. Pavel Drábek's essay, incorporated in this introduction, revisits the early modern roots of Czech puppet theatre, suggesting the possible missing links between the early practices, as documented in the travelling performers' tradition, and the tradition of the marionettists of the last two centuries. The introduction traces the developments of the Czech puppet theatre into the twentieth century and its impact on cinema as well as its key role in the shaping of modern theatre theory under the aegis of the Prague School.
Note
  • This article is published as part of the research grant project Czech Structuralist Thought on Theatre: context and potency, held by the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, 2011–2015; funded by the Czech Grant Agency, grant no. GA409/11/1082.
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