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.