from Prague and a world of craftmanship and puppetry performing. It was an amazing experience in the sense that I feel strenghtened in my love for storytelling and craftmanship. Surrounded by a group of unpretentious, artistic and sensitive people, I felt very safe. It is such a different world from the more often than not pretentious `high` art world. It does not pretend to be anything else than what it is and this is liberating. Making a puppet out of blocks of Linden wood is quite a task. It takes many hours of concentration on the design and the fingers. The puppet must be expressive and `overacted` for the audience to understand it. This is where all the fun was.....carve to express. The performance was not something that comes naturally so this took me a while to get into the `playing` with the puppet and besides the play was in Chech, so this was an extra barrier. But then again, since I was vampirella I did not have to say much more than `jidlo, jidlo` which means `food, food`. I managed that quite well ;-)
We performed on Letni Letna, a big circus festival in Prague and two other smaller events. The Letni Letna by itself was magical and I very much enjoyed the enchanting and surreal new circus performances, especially the show `forever happily` by Collectif Mallunes.
Now why did I take this course? I have a story in mind that one day I want to tell.I believe it needs puppetry to be told. But it will take a while before I will tell it, maybe some more years, maybe never even.... who knows?
I feel positively charged, warm hearted and inspired by this creative month in Prague and ready to start working in my studio again.
On the link below you can find some pictures of the carving and performance