Theatre studies distinguish two forms of theatre. In traditional puppet theatre, the focus is less on artistic standards than in puppet theatre. That is also known as a creative puppet theatre. Here the field of artistic expression is more open and avant-garde. New forms of play, a relaxed style of play and the mixing of figure forms and other arts are the order of the day. The traditional puppet theatre stands for a way of playing to entertain the audience. After all, we know puppet theatre only since the beginning of the 19th century. But no matter which forms of puppet theatre you choose, they all have one thing in common. These are the main characters. One of the largest collections of puppet theatre is in Germany.
The Dresden State Art Collection owns it. The German teacher Otto Link initially founded the collection with more than 12,000 dolls. That ranges from the 18th century to the present day. It is currently the second-largest in the world. Among them are not only theatre characters but also all forms of hand puppets and marionettes. Now you can find the figures in the garrison church in Dresden. But that should change soon. The unique collection through the centuries of puppet theatre will quickly have a new home. You can find it in the central Dresden power plant.
From The Church To The Creative Center
It is an imposing industrial monument. It dates back to the 19th century. Where industrial production once had its place, today visitors can enjoy a unique location for art, culture and creativity. The impressive architecture and the excellent location in Dresden have made the area a magnet for culture enthusiasts. Numerous innovative ideas constantly attract those interested in culture. That is where the collection will find its new home. That means that the small works of art are in good company. After all, an energy museum and a music college have also found their place here. Gastronomy, work environments, and studios and exhibition rooms complete the extensive range of options at this location in Dresden.
Hopefully, the 12,000 dolls and 50,000 objects in the collection will feel at home here. The move will take a total of two years. Then the archive, which contains many textbooks, letters, films and pictures, has found a new location. The move is a mammoth task. That requires scientific precision. The move also gives the museum the chance to review and rearrange its objects. So that nothing happens during transport, all things and dolls are wrapped in silk beforehand. After all, some of the dishes are over 150 years old.
The transport boxes consist of acid and pollutant-free material. The Dresden location is no coincidence. Long ago, this was the centre of the puppeteers’ guild. More than 100 years ago, around 150 different stages travelled through the country and offered their pieces to the audience. We can even see the entire cloakroom from the important Ritscher dynasty. If everything goes as planned, the puppets will dance for the first time in 2023 at Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden.