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We've been noticing a worrying trend of contraction and artistic weakening in Slovenia's independent puppetry production. Certain reasons are surely understandable, with the financial aspect being one of the main concerns. But particularly in 'times like these' the role of the puppet is essential: since a puppet can say a lot more and with greater precision than the human voice, it is thus indispensable as an artistic medium in the current reflection of the narrower and broader space, and especially vital as a vivacious enunciator and interconnector.

The art of puppetry is a demanding field; at its heart, it constitutes a specific synthesis of all artistic genres, and a good knowledge of both puppetry as a whole and of its individual elements is a fundamental requirement for successful artistic endeavours.

At our theatre, we wish to support any and all attempts by individuals and groups alike who dare to take a more decisive step onto the field of puppetry. That is why we designed a field base for research and experimental planning of puppet creations, the space for demolition of genre prejudices, and for the testing of new, sometimes hybrid modes of expression. The goals of our Studio programmes are manifold: provide consequent information and experience-based learning about the art of puppetry, as well as ensure unfettered research and unhindered creativity in our field.

All participants are expected to contribute evenly, while knowledge and experience will be passed on through condensed seminars and workshops with suitable professional guidance. Our studio programmes have been divided into smaller parts to make the individual goals more easily distinguishable, although they can be combined, supplemented, and adapted for a more open-ended approach.

Professional Practice

Puppet Theatre Maribor offers practical training (professional practice) for high school and university students in the following fields: design, material design, media communications, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, architecture, culturology, communicology, etc.

This enables high school and university students to supplement the theoretical knowledge they gained in their educational programme with practical experience from carrying out concrete tasks in an actual work environment.

The students may work in the following areas: designing various materials; designing costumes, props, and set elements; repairing and restoring equipment for the performances; operating various set and stage elements; and carrying out supporting organizational tasks in the cultural sector (communication, coordination, basics of theatre production).

Our intention by including high school and university students is to provide them with the motivation and initial training they need to work in the field of puppetry. The specific times, scope and other factors of the student's practice, including the appointment of mentors, will be determined in accordance with the rules of the individual trainee's respective organization. According to prior agreement, practical training can also be organized for volunteers.

Professional Practice <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Startbox

A practical seminar in cooperation with the University of Maribor that will guide participants through all stages in the creation of a puppetry performance. The main focus lies on choosing the source material considering the target audience and on choosing the appropriate puppet technique and visual design, leading through a series of exercises that culminate in a production. Although this process is primarily aimed at (future) teachers and educators, it may serve as a fine entry point for many others who find puppet theatre exciting and alluring, yet never made the first step. The main goal of the entire seminar, held under professional and artistic guidance, is to provide experience-based learning about puppet theatre.

Startbox  <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Atelier

Puppet Theatre Maribor invites individuals, NGOs, other institutions, associations, and companies to participate in the coproduction of a puppetry performance in the 2016/2017 season. We will consider all applications based on a short summary of the planned project with clearly defined artistic and puppetry characteristics, the proposed target audience, an introduction of the author(s), and the financial plan. As co-producer, Puppet Theatre Maribor ensures the following: rehearsal rooms in the agreed time slots, a hall for the performance with the agreed number of repetitions, existing technical equipment, cooperation of our technical staff as agreed, promotion and marketing support for the project based on the agreed plan, hostess service, reservations and ticket sales. We also offer additional professional and artistic support and counsel. We are especially looking forward to the first puppetry projects by young authors.

Atelier  <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

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