Education: Master Program in Devised and Object Theatre at Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at DAMU in Prague

Directing for Devised and Object Theatre Accepting applications for Academic Year 2017/18 Deadline for submitting Applications for Academic Year 2017/18 is January 31, 2017 Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) announces: Master Degree in Directing for Devised and Object Theatre a 2 year English language directing for alternative and puppet theatre program at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre (KALD) Apply now Program Overview The Master in Directing for Alternative and Puppet Theatre offers advanced studies in the practice of theatre-making with a twofold focus: learning the process of devising a theatre performance from scratch, with a strong emphasis on a visuality of expression. Students will learn to create theatre performances with strong vi...

Featured: Gisèle Vienne (Paris, France)

Gisele Vienne is a puppeteer by training. She trained at the national academy of puppetry arts in Charleville-Mezieres between 1996 and 1999. She founded D.A.C.M. with Etienne Bideau-Rey, whom she met at school. Gisèle Vienne questions the body and creates hybrid forms that use installtion, visual arts, music, life size dolls, puppets, dance and theatre. Her creations repeatedly organize around the concepts of fantasy in opposition to reality. With Etienne Bideau-Rey, they created >Splendid< by Jean Genet (2000), >ShowRoomDummies< (2001), >stereotypy< (2003), and >Veinzen Tranen< (2004). She created >I apologize< at Subsistances Lyon in 2004. The performance consists of different versions of a story told and articulated by a man with his wife and twenty arti...

Alexander Calder’s “Circus”

Carlos Vilardebo’s 1961 film of Alexander Calder’s “circus,” an intricately assembled performance piece played out by handmade characters including jugglers, sword swallowers, clowns, and animals. These figures, crafted from a collection of “cork, wire, wood, yarn, paper, string, and cloth,” were each assigned a series of movements and manipulated by the artist to perform specific circus acts. With performances held at various locations in Paris and New York through the mid 1930s, Calder’s circus helped to establish him in avante-garde circles. Jean Cocteau, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Le Corbusier, Thomas Wolfe, and André Kertész were among those who saw the celebrated Cirque Calder over the years.