Mezinárodní loutkařská unie

International Puppeteers Union

Union International de Marrionette


UNIMA Clubs, or a friendly gathering of friends of the puppet theatre (with small refreshments and a bit of art) are held by the Czech UNIMA Centre at irregular intervals, at exceptional occasions for members only.

Recollection of some of the most successful UNIMA Clubs:

15. 5. 1991
Richard Teschner – lecture with video projection (Klaus Behrend – Austria), the evening complemented by a performance of an old puppet variety show of the Zvoneček ensemble of Prague
(organizational guarantor – the Realm of Puppets Art Scene)

10. 4. 1992
W. A. Mozart: The Magic Flute – Mozart Opera
W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni – National Marionette Theatre
Duranty – Kawon:The Man Who Sold Blows by Clubs – Realm of Puppets, Prague
Ivan Wernisch: The Meeting – Tatran, Sudoměřice u Bechyně
(organizational guarantor – the National Marionette Theatre)

25. 9. 1992
UNIMA Club in Třeboň

22.- 23. 7. 1993 
Theatre evenings within the framework of the Mozart Open Festival
J. Krofta – M. Klíma – P. Matásek: The Tower of Babylon – DRAK, Hradec Králové international project
J. Marek – D. Dvořák – Ch.W. Gluck: Orpheus and Euridice – National Marionette Theatre
W. A. Mozart: Don Giovanni (500th performance) – National Marionette Theatre
(organizational guarantor – the National Marionette Theatre)

14. 8. 1993
John Doctor Faust – performance with historic puppets of the puppetry family Lagron , presented by the Realm of Puppets of Prague at the famous Vavřinec Fair in Domažlice.
(organizational guarantor-the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

Lagron Lagron 



11. 5. 1994
Films by Jiří Barta – narration and projection of illustrations from the work of the creator of animated films of world repute. Opening of the exhibition held on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the origin of UNIMA. (organzational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

15. 11. 1994
A meeting over beer and goulash with Peter Schumann, who headed the theatre workshop in the Archa Theatre.
(organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

14. 5. 1997
From the vision of a self-contained building for the puppet theatre in Prague to the representational puppet theatre in the Municipal Libraray – lectures by Alice Dubská and Dr. Jiří Hilmera with projection of film documents. Presentation of the Almanac of the Realm of Puppets .
(organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

17. 2. 1998
The Man With Three Talents or the Faded Avantguard, imitated or unappreciated?

(An attempted portrayal by Vláďa Šmejkal and a glance into the creative workshop of the Surrealist Theatre, the Art Scene of he Realm of Puppets and the film group Zahradníček – Šmejkal.)
The Convalescent Home of Jester Isomat – (Ozdravovna šprýmaře Isomata) – stage reading
Punch on the Waves of Phantasm Ocean (Kašpárek na vlnách Fantas oceánu)
Songs from the puppet show
Be silent, Europe or a Man With Three Hands (Mlč, Evropo čili Muž se třema rukama) -stage reading
Atom of Eternity (Atom věčnosti) – a film from 1934
Hands on Tuesday (Ruce v úterý) – a film from 1935
Story of a Soldier (Příběh vojáka) – a film from 1935
(The Club was repeated on May 21, 1998, organizational guarantor the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

7. 4. 1999
Puppet Cabaret by Fred Schneckenburger – a visit of the exhibition at the National Museum with lecture by Hana Ribi-Štěpková
(organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

19. 5. 1999
Readings from the Memoirs of Anna Podzemná-Suchardová, with film shots by Vojta Sucharda and singing by the “Spolecnost s rucenim neomezenym” (company unlimited) A toast to UNIMA’s 70th anniversary. (organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

23. 11. 1999 Remembering Josef Křešnička in memoriam of his 60th birthday – Performed by members of the Realm of Puppets, Prague, Radost Strakonice and a pupil of the elementary art school in Strakonice. The personality of J. Křešnička was characterized by J. A. Novotný (organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)

2. 2. 2000
Puppet Theatre of Vlastimil Rada – a visit to the exhibition at the Lobkovic Palace at the Prague Castle with an informal meeting
(organizational guarantor the Department of Theatre of the National Museum)

6. 6. 2001
The Travels of Jan Brát and his Progeny through Theatrical Europe – lecture by Doc.Alice Dubská with illustrations
(organizational guarantor – the Art Scene of the Realm of Puppets)