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The second volume in a two part history of puppets and puppet theatre in Europe. This volume covers the twentieth century, from the rise of Modernism to the present day, which has been a period of increased activity and artistic involvement in theatrical puppetry.
Part 1 Modernist initiatives: the cabarets; an alliance with poets; puppets in the dramatic theatre; modernist puppets in Russia; in search of the ideal actor; puppets and the avant garde. Part 2 Essential values: Paul Brann and the European revivial; Jugendstil in puppetry; tradition ennobled; the Podrecca phenomenon; sculpture in motion; scholars and theories; the first dent in the theory. Part 3 Support and oppression: social care; in the service of ideology; under Fascist control; an art form for all seasons; at the front and behind the wire. Part 4 Inheritance old and new: tradition alive; a resumption of activity- Skupa; Podrecca; Obraztsov. Part 5 New languages: cabaret and the soloists; social realism; a messenger of ideology; social realism in practice; folklore - the way to national identity; enriching theatre; revolt in the lion's den. Part 6 Catching up with modern art: Polish innovation; New Romanian concepts; Bulgarian invention; Hugarian modernism; Polish analogy; Bohemia - breaking with realism; the aesthetics of DRAK; a new generation in the Soviet Union; the Brechtian inheritance in East Germany; the break with classicism; German literary experience; paralyzed by tradition; Swiss humanism; engagement announced; Austrian radicalism; British professionalism; fine artists enter the arena. Part 7 A united landscape: infrastructure; Poland - political and moral satire; power and aesthetics; DRAK at the crossroads; Romanian developments; Russian updating; Soviet Republics as free countries; Germany, divided and unified; Switzerland, Austria -stirring of the neutrals; Dutch puppetry and its alternatives; Scandinavian input; French experience; theatre in South Slavonia; the Spanish renaissance. Part 8 Favoured genres: actors on puppet territory; inspiration from the fine arts; the shadow theatre; puppet opera reconstructed; Philippe Genty; object theatre; Italian tradition - fine art and object theatre; conclusion.
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