Puppets in Prague Weekend Workshop: Cabaret Trick Marionettes (online)

Puppets in Prague Weekend Workshop: Cabaret Trick Marionettes (online)

Date5/9/2021, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
AddressOnline Event
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Two for one in this workshop! We'll teach you the technology of two popular "Trick Marionettes" used in 19th century Czech cabaret-style performances.

Four Dancers: This ingenious puppet has four marionettes on one controller. Pull one string and all four marionettes lift their leg! See how this puppet is manipulated and learn its very complicated stringing. We'll show you copies of 120 year old antique Czech puppets.

Stomper: Discover how to make this simple, very effective marionette! Its technology consists of a carved head attached to a fabric body that lets it stretch up or shrink down. The Stomper is unique to the Czechs, and traditionally all puppet shows ended with this character.

During the workshop, we will also talk about the rich tradition and variety of Czech cabaret puppets, very popular in the 19th century.

About our Spring Weekend Workshop Series

This workshop is part of our online Weekend Workshop Series, started in Fall 2020. This spring, we are offering 4 workshops - see the list below.

Each workshop lasts two hours and will take place on Zoom. You will receive a video of the workshop afterwards which will be available online for 1 month, plus all of the diagrams presented in the workshop. There will be a chance to interact with the teachers after each workshop for questions or clarifications. A great way to learn new skills and meet people from around the world also interested in puppetry.

These demos are designed for people who want to refresh their knowledge of puppet making as well as people who are new to the field. Our workshops aim to bring together puppeteers, students, and lovers of this craft together to teach new skills.

If you want to sign up for other Spring Weekend Workshops, please click on the workshops below:

Building a Toy Theatre Stage (April 11)

Rod Puppet Mechanism (April 18)

Automata Design (April 25)

Cabaret Trick Marionettes (May 9)


Cost of each workshop is for 850 Czech crowns (cca 32 EUR or 38 US Dollars). Would you wish to pay in USD, please follow this link.

Discounts: If you are a full time student or if you sign up for all 4 sessions, you will get a discount. Please contact us by email for a discount code.  

About Puppets in Prague

For over 20 years, Puppets in Prague has taught over 1000 students from all over the world how to make traditional carved marionettes. This past year, we moved online. Workshops are led by Mirek Trejtnar, a Czech puppet maker, carver, sculptor and toy designer.

This is an online event. You will receive info about connection in e-mail after purchasing the ticket.

"Stomper" marionette
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