Puppet Kucha by Puppets in Prague - 8 June, 7:30 p.m.

Meet puppet makers from around the world at this informal event held in tandem with the Prague Quadrennial.

Inspired by the format of the Japanese Pecha Kucha, presenters will speak for 6 minutes and show 20 slides about why and how they use puppetry as their artistic medium.

WHERE: Puppets in Prague, Holandska 20, Prague 10

WHEN: 8 June, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Reserve your spot at puppetsinprague@gmail.com

Marie Jiraskova (Czech Republic)

the co-author of the award-winning "Puppet and the Modern" about early 20th century Czech puppetry. She and her husband curated "Art of Puppets", an ehxibition of historical Czech puppets from their private collection.

Marie Jiraskova
Mirek Trejtnar (Czech Republic)

puppet/toy designer, sculptor will talk about his recent exploration of automata and robotics

Peter Balkwill (Canada)

the co-founder of the renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop, will speak about how illuminated sculpture can transform and define an outdoor space.

Ana Diaz Barriga (Mexico)

has used Giant puppets for community building and activisim, most notably at the Mexican/US border. She is in Prague doing a workshop at PQ.

Robert Smolik (Czech Repubilc)

has worked with many Czech puppet companies (Lampion, Drak, Minor, Naivni divadlo, Buchty a loutky} and has also created his own original productions. In his home town of Jicin he has helped create interactive museum exhibitions and cultural centers. Until recently he was the head of the puppet scene design department at DAMU.

Robert Smolik
Tomas Behal (Czech Repubilc)

is the founder and artistic director of ToyMachine Theatre, a progressive, bold puppet company. Tomas, a puppeteer who also carves his own puppets, studied at DAMU under Marek Becka from the Buchty and Loutky company and is the program director of the Zizkov Puppet Festival.

John Bell (USA)

is the director of the Ballard Institute and Puppet Museum at the University of Connecticut; he was also a member of Bread and Puppet company for many years. He has written numerous books and articles about puppetry.