After this, from onwards, the use of the traditional glove figures was once more tolerated in the state theatres. The obligation to play only for children, imposed in the s, was lifted: puppet theatre was once more considered as an art as much for adults as for children. Kasper shows, hardly tolerated by the authorities in the s, became a subject of keen interest of the puppeteers. It began in the Neubrandenburg theatre and continued during and after the reunification of Germany with the productions of the Theater Handgemenge company inspired by Hans-Jochen Menzel.
These put aside the fixed characters of Kasper and his comrades, and the glove puppet was from then on considered as an artistic effigy no longer according with criteria of human likeness but with the demands of each artistic project. In spite of the bitterness aroused during these controversies, the debate eventually led to an atmosphere of regeneration and innovation. New manipulation techniques were employed, till then rarely used, such as the shadow theatre , tabletop puppetry and bunraku -style puppets, and the visible puppeteer.
Simultaneously, new state theatres were founded: the Wismar theatre in , the Theater Waidspeicher Erfurt in , where the diploma shows of the Ernst Busch Berlin school were presented. At roughly the same time the Theater o. Zinnober was born, a private semi-legal company consisting of former members of Neubrandenburg. These three were influential in the evolution of the puppetry arts. The list of prize winners in the third festival of Magdeburg confirmed the new tendencies.
Eighteen regional companies then existed, and in spite of past criticism, these made the most important contribution of East Germany to the development of puppet theatre. In West Germany, companies were formed which were for the most part modest economic structures of one or two people. During the first post-war years the puppeteers in the occupied territories were given permits to work only within prescribed geographic boundaries and their work was shaped by difficulties of transport, destroyed towns with refugee camps, and the political and pedagogical surveillance of the authorities.
Professional contact to the eastern zone was forbidden by the soviets. For reasons of mobility, their equipment and the repertory consisted mostly of Kasper shows or fairy tales adapted for school children. Up to the s there were a few traditional string marionette troupes that toured in their caravans, but the artistic companies were not mobile and could therefore not tour. Some artists were able to found new fixed private theatres, such as the Augsburger Puppenkiste Augsburg Puppet Box.
The economic miracle of the s opened new perspectives for the puppet theatre. See Fritz Herbert Bross. Certain art schools created experimental productions inspired by those of the Bauhaus. The Die Spieldose The Music Box Toybox company, founded in Munich in , was for decades a centre of experimentation with glove puppets, mechanical effigies, sound, light and space. The Die Klappe The Trap troupe, founded in by Ben Vornholt, toured all over the world with its mobile sculptures and silhouettes. In , Harro Siegel organized in Braunschweig an international puppet theatre festival, the first of its type since the war.
The younger generation Peter Klaus Steinmann , Albrecht Roser proposed a new basis on which to build a puppet theatre for adults. This was also an intense period of international exchanges between puppeteers. The profession needed at last to be recognized by the western cultural authorities.
In , the practitioners created their own professional association: the Verband Deutscher Puppentheater e. The figure of Kasper, the happy hero stripped of his social origins, had gradually to give way to new characters to identify with and new forms of staging. The better to describe the diversity and imaginative fantasy which now characterized puppetry, new terms were invented for it in the s: Figur figure and Figurentheater figure theatre to indicate this genre in West Germany.
The VDP, too, realized the need for a stronger infrastructure and a wider teaching base.
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In the s and 80s, subtle differences started to appear between abstraction and artificiality, the figures scientifically treated in the modes of the grotesque and the imaginary. The rich relations between material and character were explored, as was the synergy with the other performing arts of dance , mime, mask theatre and shadow theatre. Sculpture was integrated, the elements of sound and other genres with no direct affinity with the performing arts i. Puppet Players. Classical works, operas, contemporary theatre were inspirations for shows for adults.
But the dominant tendency was to create works based on ideas arising from improvisation, especially intended for puppetry.
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More and more women formed their own companies, for example Kristiane Balsevicius and Silke Technau who together founded the mobile puppet theatre Kobalt Figurentheater in Characterization and dramaturgy became modified by a feminine aesthetic. Emphasis was placed on the dramatic tension between puppeteers and their puppets Fliegendes Theater or interactions between puppets and music Tristans Kompagnons. The bizarre, deathlike figures of Frank Soehnle exercised a new influence from the theatre of string puppets. Other new categories were invented, like Materialtheater Material theatre, see Materialtheater Stuttgart and Objekttheater object theatre to which belonged the creations of Peter Ketturkat.
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Glove puppetry was also revisited, and all these developments began to be studied scientifically, with a new specialized literature. At the regional level, associations were initiated to develop the puppet theatre and certain regional capitals voted in a budget dedicated to its promotion. Here and there a specialized press was appearing, and in the s a network of local initiatives, projects, television series and festivals could be discerned.
The reunification of Germany German: Deutsche Wiedervereinigung in brought in its train fundamental changes for the East German theatres. The municipal authorities annexed some of the companies working for children and adolescents, as in Chemnitz and Dresden.
Some former state theatres with the support of their professional unions succeeded as independents, but others were forced to close, as in Berlin. In every case the budgets of these companies were reduced. Nevertheless the presence of the well-subsidized state theatres of the east was at first felt as a threat to the survival of the independent companies in the west. German Forum for Figure Theatre and Puppetry was formed. From an artistic point of view one may note since more and more innovation and interdisciplinarity. The festivals of Bochum North Rhine-Westphalia FIDENA and of Erlangen Bavaria present shows which continually seek to enlarge the field of puppetry arts, welcoming artists from the domains of dance, the plastic arts and other disciplines.
Centre for Figure Theatre invite and present mixed media shows. From this period some experimental work such as those animating objects and materials were also produced for children. The academies of Berlin and Stuttgart, their teachers and their graduates have played an important role in this evolution of the arts of puppetry. Nevertheless, the great majority of the puppet companies still depend on the tried and tested forms, while sometimes trying out new ways of enriching their means of expression, marrying different types of puppet or staging puppets and actors together.
In these circumstances the puppeteers are considered as the experts in animation, as indeed they are in the cinema or in musical comedies. The result is a renewal of interest in the traditional techniques of animation. A small number of the great state theatres of the GDR have survived the new conditions of production.
Synergura, the festival born of the annual meeting of state theatres in Erfurt, has tried for several years to promote some form of organization in the East German style of vast companies Ensemblespiele. But the tendency towards small-scale mobile productions has imposed itself even on the large-scale theatres, just as it once had on the independent puppeteers.
Within these organizational changes, reinforced by the system of grant-aid given project by project for artistic shows, new ways of working have been born: multi-disciplinary companies are created, the artists get together for a particular project, take part in Europe-wide initiatives and make productions for an international audience. Although there have been significant cutbacks in financial support of cultural activities due to political developments, puppetry remains vital. Theatre researchers note the following trends in the current performance scene.
Most festivals in Germany, as throughout Europe, present a great variety of touring and resident puppet theatre productions. Some organizers select a special theme and may commission selected shows. Performances take place in unoccupied halls, parks, and sites outside the downtown areas, etc. Parades through city centres draw visibility to the event.
Lacking government subventions for cultural activities, increasing numbers of small puppet companies crop up regionally and develop their own loyal audiences. Doch es gelingt Clara durch ihre kluge und vorwitzige Art, die Aufmerksamkeit des Doctors zu erregen. Im Jahr ist es die "wirkliche" Clara, die der Doctor endlich findet. Dem Doctor gelingt es dennoch, die "echte" Clara in seinem Zeitstrom ausfindig zu machen. In der folgenden Zeit studiert sie und wird Lehrerin. Dabei begegnet sie dem Zehnten sowie dem lange geheim gehaltenen Kriegs-Doctor , der eine schwere Entscheidung treffen muss The Day of the Doctor.
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