Four Dancers Marionette

9. - 19. October 2017 (11 days)

A NEW workshop on the specific technology of this traditional Four Dancers marionette. Students will carve FOUR simple puppets which are connected to one controller - learning this marionette's very special design. The workshop will include how to make technical drawings, woodcarving, painting, assembly and stringing, and manipulation. We will also discuss Czech puppet history and visit exhibitions and theatre performances. more

puppet for animation


26. April - 9. May 2017 (14 days)

Professional puppet film artists teach students the methods of building a traditional Czech film animation puppet with a metal armature. Students meet specialists in all areas: latex hands, welding armatures, animators, directors, cameramen, editors... we also spend time in a professional film studio and create pilot stop motion puppet film. Other topics include the history of czech animation, building a studio at home, equipment, cameras. Students will leave with wire puppet, which can be used for stop motion animation.more


Marionette Carving

12. - 27. June 2017 (16 days)

Our classic workshop in which students learn all aspects of making a traditional, wooden Czech marionette. The process include designing puppets, making technical drawings, woodcarving, painting and puppet costume design. Plus basic aspects of manipulating different styles of marionettes. With the newly-made puppets students will work with professional film makers and make short live action films. more

rehearsal for performance

Carving + Performance + Manipulation

8. August - 3. Sept 2017 (27 days)

This month-long workshop has an equal focus on CARVING a WIRE MARIONETTE and PERFORMING for the public. This workshop requires students who are in good physical condition and able to perform at outdoors at festivals several times a day in the summer heat. Students experience the whole process of making the puppet: design, technical drawings, woodcarving, painting, stringing, costume, controller. In the second half they learn how to manipulate the marionettes and how to create an original show with an ensemble under a professional puppet director.

Here you can see photos from previous workshops.

Students perform at the Letni Letna New Circus and Theatre Festival - one of Prague's largest summer festivals- as well as at smaller venues....more