Books promotion: Branka Rudman: PUPPETRY AND THE MODERNIST GREATS; Maja Verdonik: PUPPETRY GENRES ON THE STAGE OF RIJEKA CITY PUPPET THEATRE AND CONTEMPORARY CROATIAN PUPPETRY (2011 – 2019); Teodora Vigato: A PUPPET IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IS A

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Branka Rudman: PUPPETRY AND THE MODERNIST GREATS – APPLICATION OF THE DRAMATURGICAL EXPERIENCES OF STANISLAVSKY, BRECHT AND ARTAUD IN PUPPET THEATER Publisher: Školska knjiga

In the book Puppetry and the Modernist Greats, the author Branka Rudman explores the possibilities of applying theoretical and practical experiences of Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud in puppet theatre. This book is a result of the author’s well-prepared and properly conducted research, as well as theoretically based and reasoned interpretations of the material. The innovative attitudes and dramatic experiences of established authors Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud on acting and the work of actors-puppeteers are extremely important even today, as are puppetry performances that show their application, which has not been sufficiently researched with respect to puppetry until now. With this book, Branka Rudman breached a topic that is both interesting and important as a scientific and theoretical contribution to theatre studies. The book Puppetry and the Modernist Greats will be useful and inspirational to scholars of Croatian and world theatre and to all who are interested in the phenomenon of puppetry, whether scientifically, professionally or practically.

The book will be presented by Boris Senker and Branka Rudman.

Maja Verdonik: PUPPETRY GENRES ON THE STAGE OF RIJEKA CITY PUPPET THEATRE AND CONTEMPORARY CROATIAN PUPPETRY (2011 – 2019) Publisher: Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka

Puppetry Genres on the Stage of Rijeka City Puppet Theatre and Contemporary Croatian Puppetry is a scientific book in which the author gives an overview of scientific findings on children’s plays, showcases contemporary trends in puppet and children’s theatre writing and stage performance in Croatia and outlines puppetry genres. Premiere performances of the Rijeka City Puppet Theatre from 2011 to 2019 are elaborated and examined with regard to the genre of literary and other works on which the plays are based and with regard to the performance components of the plays. With the lack of professional and scientific literature on puppetry, Maja Verdonik’s book is a significant contribution to Croatian theatre studies in the field of puppetry. The book is based in theory and enriched with valuable material from the field of theatre studies, with the author showing an exceptional knowledge of Croatian puppet and children’s theatre production.

Excerpt from a review by associate professor Livija Kroflin, PhD.

The book will be presented by the reviewers Livija Kroflin and Teodora Vigato.

Teodora Vigato : A PUPPET IS EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING IS A PUPPET Publishers: University of Zadar, Zadar Puppet Theatre and Croatian Centre of UNIMA

Luko Paljetak's exclamation A puppet is everything, everything is a puppet! has gathered fourteen theoreticians and practitioners of puppetry around the theme of how a puppet is created and where it can be used. In the first part of the monograph, titled A puppet is Everything, Everything is a Puppet, Dubravko Torjanac focuses on the metaphoric nature of the puppet while Livija Kroflin explores the materials that can be used to create a puppet. Teodora Vigato presents the different types of puppets used throughout the history of Zadar Puppet Theatre while Ana Gospić Županović talks about the specificities of puppet theatre for the youngest audiences. Branka Rudman explores the significance of a screen in acting and puppet theatre while Vedrana Valčić explores the posters used at the Zadar Puppet Theatre. In the last piece of writing in the first part of the monograph, Matija Vigato presents an avatar – a virtual character in videogames – as a puppet. In the second part of the monograph, titled Learning through Puppets, the authors present the use of puppetry in preschools and schools and the possibility of using puppets when working with children who have found themselves in specific circumstances. Helena Korošec explores the ways in which a puppet can be used as an educational tool or how to include a puppet into everyday life. Barbara Perica and Marijana Petrović talk about the use of puppets in teaching. Learning with a puppet can be a joy, says Edmond Debouny. Antje Wegener talks about therapeutic puppetry, while Meg Amsden presents her work on a project with children of prisoners. In the final piece of writing in the second part, Jan Vandemeulebroeke proposes classes on the basics of puppetry for teachers. The theoreticians and practitioners of puppetry from Croatia, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Serbia and Slovenia, mostly UNIMA members, presented different views on puppets and puppetry with a variety of scientific and professional contributions.

The book will be presented by Edvard Majaron and Teodora Vigato