About the Project

Comparing several Puppet Theatre Dramatizations of a Norwegian Folk-tale

The Project will link four professional theatre bodies, from the Czech Republic (“Divadlo ANPU”, “Buchty a loutky”), Norway (“Teater Innlandet”) and Iceland (Bruduheimar – World of Puppets – Bernd Ogrodnik). These bodies will work with the Norwegian folk-tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ (recorded by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe), at four levels.

At the first level we have an international dramatization, resulting in a new production. The folk-tale will be staged in Prague by the ANPU Theatre creative team (directed by B. Schenková, dramaturgy by Z. Vojtíšková, scenography by B. Zichová, music by J. Štromská), jointly with Norwegian artists from the Teater Innlandet. The production will be presented to both Czech and Norwegian audiences. In the Czech Republic it will take place in at least three places (in Liberec, in Hradec Králové and at ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’ festival). It will then move to Norway, where it will be part of the repertoire of Teater Innlandet, and will be presented to the audiences in the Hedmark and Oppland regions.

At the second Project level we have the newly created production juxtaposing its artistic puppet theatre approaches against the production of the same title staged in the same period by the theatrical ensemble “Buchty a loutky” (‘Cakes and Puppets’).

The third Project level connects to the long-term work of NIPOS, in researching the child viewer. A ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’ there will be a survey to gauge the reactions of child audiences, comparing their perceptions of both of the above mentioned performances.

The fourth Project level will contribute to establishing a greater diversity of approaches to puppet theatre. With this in mind, under the ‘Puppeteers in Chrudim’ festival there will be a six-day workshop around the same story. The workshop, which will be led by the internationally renowned puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik from Iceland, will be open to Czech and foreign participants and will be complemented by a practical demonstration of his puppetry (a production of Metamorphosis). At the Festival there will also be a workshop by Buchty a loutky, offering the opportunity to work with the creative principles of this Czech – and world acclaimed – puppetry ensemble, not just to foreign participants.