The Renaissance of Czech Puppetry and the Cinema

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Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Theatralia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digitální knihovna FF MU
Field Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Keywords Czech puppet theatre; cinema; cultural change; Puppetry renaissance; Avant-garde theatre; modernity
Description This article discusses the establishment of Czech puppet theatre as an institutional part of modern society in the early 1900s, at the moment of cultural change, known as the "Puppetry Renaissance". Czech puppet theatre changed from a traditional form of folk art to an integral part of Modernism and the Avant-garde; this development took place hand in hand with developments in cinematography, as well as in social in institutions and societies. This article demonstrates the ways in which modern Czech puppet theatre defines itself not only in contrast to live actors' theatre, but also an alternative to the new mass culture form that enjoyed a boom simultaneously with it: the cinema.
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