Specifics of the Puppet Theatre 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204LDS1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. A better understanding of the particulars of puppet theatre and its diversity and flexibility.
  2. A glimpse into the development of puppet theatre in comparison to various arts fields, movements and contemporary developmental tendencies.
  3. Good bearing of the student in existing puppet dramas and drama devoted to puppets. Contemporary production potential of those plays.
  4. Efforts to broaden student interest in the potential of puppet theatre in figurative and non-figurative theatre.
  5. Inspiration for studying acting issues.

Mode of study

Lectures, essay and text analyses, creative exercises, classes.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

General knowledge of Czech and world drama, analysis and review skills, sense for drama, creativity, sense of movement in a space.

Course contents

  1. A historical excursion to types of puppet theatres of the past, epic narrative theatre, split interpretation, illusion and reproduction theatre.
  2. Technological potential and particulars of individual types of puppets.
  3. The puppet as an object of ritual and aesthetics.
  4. Man among objets.
  5. Relation of the actor to the object.
  6. The Romance, symbolism and puppet theatre.
  7. Theatre avant garde and puppet theatre.
  8. Bauhaus and puppet theatre.
  9. Puppet drama and plays dedicated to puppets.
  10. The grotesque and puppet theatre.
  11. The contemporary development trends in puppet theatre.

Recommended or required reading

Bachtin, M. M.: Francois Rabelais a lidová kultura středověku a renesance. Praha: Argo, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7203-776-6.

Deák, František: Symbolistické divadlo. Bratislava: Tália-Press, 1996. ISBN 80-85718-25-1.

Jurkowski, Henryk: Metamorfózy bábkového divadla v 20. storočí. Bratislava: Divadelný ústav 2004. ISBN 80-88987-51-2.

Magnin, Charles: Dějiny loutkového divadla v Evropě 1, 2. Praha: AMU 2010.

Craig, Edward Gordon: O divadelním umění. Praha 2009.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

Credit - a semester paper. Overall assessment is comprised of 50 % for class participation and creative exercises, 50 % for completion of the semester paper.


Registration possible only for students in Directing-Dramaturgy, Set-design and Theory and Criticism studies.

Instruction schedule see: www DAMU / katedra ALD / Pro studenty / Rozvrhy

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room R210
Učebna R210 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 10:30–12:00 Kateřina LEŠKOVÁ DOLENSKÁ Učebna R210 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans