File puptcrit/puptcrit.0705, message 60

Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 08:15:47 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Marionette carving workshop

Hello, Friends!
	Just thought I should let you all know about a fabulous opportunity 
this summer!  The National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, has mounted an exhibit of Czech and Slovak puppets.  In 
connection with the exhibit, they're hosting an intensive 9 day 
marionette carving (and manipulation) workshop taught by an artist from 
Prague who also teaches this same workshop in Prague and other places 
around the world.  The price they're charging seems quite reasonable 
($600.00), especially when you consider they're accepting only eight 
participants.  The workshop takes place right after the P of A festival 
in St. Paul this summer.  I'll paste in the information I got from Jan 
Stoffer at the Museum.

This summer, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library,, is
all about puppets!

Puppetry!  Suspended Imagination, a special, original exhibition, is on
display from now through Sept. 30, 2007.  Over 100 antique and 
marionettes and puppets, graphics, and scenery will tell the tale of 
long cherished tradition. From traveling troupes to professional 
the history of puppetry is found in the Czech and Slovak lands.  
will meet Kasparek, the clown puppet that saved the Czech language; see 
set of historic puppets found sealed in a church wall in New York City; 
learn the story of Josef Skupa and his famous puppets "Spejbl and 
Put on an impromptu puppet show with marionettes and puppets in the 
Traveling Puppet Theater like those used by traveling puppeteers in the
late-18th and 19th centuries.

Throughout the summer, the NCSML will host several puppet-related
activities, including this master class workshop for experienced puppet

July 23 - Aug. 2, 2007:  Traditional Czech Wooden Marionette Making
Workshop.  Master puppet maker, Miroslav Trejtnar, from Prague Czech
Republic leads eight qualified students in the fine art of marionette
making.  This workshop is an ideal opportunity for artists, theatre 
and puppeteers who want to learn the craft of creating a wooden 
Students should have a strong background and experience in design, scene
design or visual arts.  Preference will be given to students with
professional design background and are experienced woodworkers.  For an
application, contact Jan Stoffer at (319) 362-8500 or via e-mail at  Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and the Linn County Board 
Supervisors Witwer Trust.

For more information, call (319) 362-8500 or visit the museum's web 

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