Puppetry and Literature. About a Dramaturgy of the Imaginary

When: 15th– 16th of October, 2022
Where: Faculty of Theatre and Film, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania,
Organizers: Puck Puppet Theatre, Faculty of Theatre and Film, Babeș-Bolyai University and Puck International Festival


Beyond literature, there are inner forms of expression and representation in puppet and marionette theatre, where, unlike other theatrical genres, one can find allegory, metaphor, and imaginary in the field of scenic resources. Can puppet shows assume and handle tools of written or uttered text on the stage as means of an inner language? Can we talk about a dramaturgy of puppetry or similar to a puppet – the liminal object between different forms of scenic representations-,  the script of a puppet show creates a common ground for cultural archetypes, iconic characters, new media, and experimental space at the same time?

The conference will take place on site, but in case of pandemic restrictions, some of the international presentations could be streamed online on the conference platform. The presentations will be held in English, Romanian and Hungarian, with simultaneous translation and will last for 20 minutes.