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Corona - Covid - Sars-Cov… Vaccination!
Supported by arts fundings:
Scholarship from Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin für Künstler*innen, die Programm für junges Publikum until February, followed by 2 projects from the NeustartKultur programme:
TakeAction: Kasper turn(s) the light on! (production)
TakeCare: Matrjoschka-Project (research)
both supported by Fonds Darstellende Ku?nste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

We will be performing live from September, hopefully!

2020 2019

We were riding the wave -
then Covid-19 came along…

No Gala event for our 20th anniversary but instead we created an exhibition with all our puppets, props and sets - 5 days with hourly personal guided tours for up to 5 people! Wonderful! An exchange about art and the reasons we create it! We buried ourselves in memories with friends and colleagues - talked about successes - laughed about failures.

Christiane Klatt/puppen.etc received one of 69 grants for freelance artists who offer a programme for young audiences, granted by Senat Department for Culture and Europe Berlin due to Covid-19-restrictions. From September 2020 to February 2021 we will focus on research for new production, documentation of the last 20 years and further training. THANKS!

From the season 2020/21 Ute Kahmann will take over the part of Hedgehog and Bear in the production Mr. Squirrel and the First Snow. Well, when performances with two people on stage being closer than 1.5m are allowed again!

A new production for an adult audience is produced.
PUNCHin' the Cloud
Traditional glove puppet ensemble meets the dynamic of digitalism.
directed by Tina Feix and performed with Max Howitz.
Premiere in September at Schaubude Berlin.
(3 performances only - there will be a new version with a new angle on the topic in 2021)

Puppen.etc is one of the theatres working for a young audience that is granted the sum of 14,500 Euros for investments in technical equipment, office equipment and tools/
materials by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin.
2018 2017

Further Training:
Glove puppetry with Peter Waschinsky; voice/singing with Antje Behrens
professional workshop in Cannes, France, at Arketal Company: Pop-up and puppet theatre (June)

Continually sharing the workspace Theaterremise with Kristina Feix (Theater Kranewit) and others

In summer we create a new Kid's show -
Uwe Günzel directs:
Let's go, Little Fear! For 4+
Premiere at Figurentheater Grashüpfer, September 14th, 2020, at the festival Frischer Wind.

This is Uwe and my 2nd devised production without a literary source. Using the pop-up technique I just learned in France.

Award for children's and youth's theatres from Senate department for Culture and Europe Berlin 2018; prize 12,500 Euros.
"Please take this award as a sign of our recognition and appreciation of your work and commitment to Berlin's vivid theatre landscape." (Secretary of State Dr. Torsten Wöhlert)

Research and try-out at the festival Theater der Dinge (Schaubude Berlin) for our new production for adults on the topic of Kasper/Punch, digital totalitarianism, self-responsibility…

Touring to Hamburg, Bielefeld, Darmstadt, Dresden…

The Ringelnatz-Show based on poems by Joachim Ringelnatz is performed at his birth house in Wurzen - and on the conference of the German Association of German Puppet Theatres in Lübeck.

2016 2015

After 2 produktions in one year, I need some space for peace and inspiration.

In summer Uwe Günzel and I transform the Show "Salt - A Tale" into a solo performance.

This year is shaped through further education:
- Animation and Voice
(Figurentheater Kolleg, Bochum)
with I. Müller-Braunschweig and Michael Vogel (Wilde und Vogel)
- Sewing Figures (Hof Lebherz)
with Jürgen Maaßen
- Figure theatre conference of UNIMA Germany in Northeim
- Power oft he puppet II with Neville Tranter (Lübeck)

Bones - a Wolfsfrau Variation
A solo-piece for Adults
airily based on the myth of La Loba/Wolf Woman
premiere on 7 May 2015.
Direction: Susanne Henke

A Raggle Taggle Tale
New children's piece for age 3 and older
Our first production without a literary source
Idea and text:
Christiane Klatt and Uwe Günzel (Direction)

Premiere August 2015

UK Tour September/October:
Skipton Festival, the Boo, Upfront Theatre.

2014 2013

New staging of the Ringelnatz Evening
as a solo-piece -
Mir scheint da mancherlei nicht klar?
A reworking of the set and the overall conception, a few old acquaintances remain...
New additions include tKuddel Daddeldu and Kasper. The renewed engagement with Ringelnatz's biography led to these changes, as well as the shift in perspective for the performer that age brings...
Directed by Susanne Henke,
Dramaturgy Katharina Tarján and
Large puppets built by Silvia Eisele

Tours in Saxony and North-Rhein-Westphalia.
Workshop "Figures on Strings by Frank
Soehnle and Raphael Mürle

A new children's show
Johnny Happy-Go-Lucky (AKA Hans im Glück, by Grimm)
Directed by Uwe Günzel, Puppets by Silvia Eisele, and the music and song were written for me by Sebastian David, many thanks!

In May I organise a Festival entitled "Puppet and the Nazi era" at the Theater in Treptower Park as part of the Berlin Theme Year "Destroyed Diversity"; ten shows take place (including two sponsored by the NPN.)

Directed The story of the little uncle, a show for children by Nicole Gospodarek, Berlin.

Meller Else 2013 - awarded the Cultural "Oscar" from the town Melle for the piece "Big Wolf and Little Wolf - The leaf that did not want to fall".

2012 2011

Research trip to France (April/May): meeting colleagues and watching them at work, visiting museums (Chagall, Matisse etc.) and letting ideas for future projects mature.

Research trip UK: To the Edinburgh Fringe and back via Penrith, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Norwich, London, Brighton...

Ringelnatz goes on tour all across Germany (Bad Segeberg, Hamburg, Lüneburg, PUK Bad Kreuznach, Offenbach, LTT Tübingen.)

Directed Sophie's New Dress, a show for children by Uta Gumm, Hamburg.

Nicole Gospodarek and I co-produce the children's show Mr Squirrel and the first snow based on the book by Sebastian Meschenmoser (Thienemann-Esslinger-Verlag). Sebastian visits the first night and signs books and postcards! Two performers - three puppets (sorry, snail, four!) an interesting experience. Susanne directs us.

We used the crowd funding platform startnext.de to finance the music for the show - very exciting. Thanks to all supporters again!
(and thanks once again to you, Sven, for the spontaneous hedgehog and squirrel video interview! We loved it!)

2010 2009

Lübeck (amongst others puppen.etc) hosts the 35. Bundeskongresses des Berufsverbandes vdp.
(Association of professional puppet theatres in Germany)

Workshop with Frank Soehnle/Karin Ould-Chih in Bochum:Puppet theatre and dance.

Production of a new children's show
Big Wolf and Little Wolf: the leaf that didn't want to fall based on Nadine Brun-Cosme, directed by Susanne Henke.

In October M.Grund and I produce a new version of the Ringelnatz-show directed by Bärbel Frank (Theater Brausepulver)

For years, parts of the Ringelnatz-Show were shown in the variety show of puppets at
Figurentheater Lübeck. 2009 those fragments are performed in Wolfsburg and Paderborn at festivals.

Salt - a fairy tale is revised with M.Grund directed by Silke Technau.

The Fir Tree set is extended and renewed. A narrator character is added.

2008 2007

puppen.etc joins the association of professional puppet theatres:
Berufsverband der Puppentheater vdp e.V.

I fall in love with David McKee's Two Monsters
Uwe Günzel (director) and I develop a 40 min. show for children from age 3.
Silvia Eisele creates the monsters.

I go completely freelance with my theatre company!
We kick off this move with a tour in Scotland at the Puppet Animation Festival.

Shadow E.A.Poe (2.0) is revived and extended. We perform in an old factory and at the Hannoversche Schattentheaterfestival.
Unfortunately the show is too big to tour.

Workshop with Neville Tranter
(Stuffed Puppet Theatre) excites me!
puppen.etc becomes part of the repertory of at
Figurentheaters Lübeck

2006 2005

My Kingdom for A Cookie
based on a tale by Richard Leander.
directed by Silke Technau.
Silvia Eisele creates the table top puppets.

Silvia replaces Anthony in managing the tech for Salt - a fairy tale.

The company's work is acknowledged as artistically and educationally valuable and therefore is accredited by the Jugendkulturservice Berlin.

I meet Silvia Eisele, a puppet maker.
We find and share a workshop space in Berlin.

2004 2003

puppen.etc's U-Theater
For the bar next door we develop little puppet playback scenes:
Fred Espresso sings Frank Sinatra, a cheese Edith Piaf, …

Salt - a fairy tale
Katharina Tarján (dramaturgy) develops a shadow show with me based on fairy tales about salt. We take Die Gänsehirtin am Brunnen by Grimm as our starting point. Katharina designs the flyer.

Andrea Galluccio starts to put Edgar A. Poe stories to music and puppen.etc creates shadowplay for it. 5 stories are produced fort his scary evening. We tour to Offenbach.

First Christmas Production!
Fascinated by shadow play I produce Hans-Christian Andersen's The Fir Tree.
My first solo show! Anthony runs the tech.
We present it at our first international tour in Brütten (Switzerland).

2002 2001

Christiane Hess returns to Hannover and we change the Ringelnatz-Programm to work with only two performers.

EOS (Elektro ohne Smog)
New abstract music concert with a violinist and a saxophonist from Vienna and a guitarist from Berlin - I spontaneously form shadows on a projection screen for it.

We re-work
"und publikum noch stundenlang"(2.0), Christiane Hess takes over Nicole's place. She is trained as a mime and puppeteers and the show changes its dynamic.

We create a little 20 min. show in English based on Mother Goose rhymes for the British Council Germany All the king's men.
and two walk acts: Mrs Parker und Bill Smith engage with the guests.


Anthony Gaughan and I (Christiane Klatt) found puppen.etc Theater mit Figuren.
I joint UNIMA in 1999.

Our first production
Träume Wünsche Wahrheit
is based on The Mender of Broken Dreams
The puppeteer and storyteller Uwe Günzel joins the company for the production - in 2008/2013 he re-joins to direct.

In Winter we - Anthony, Nicole Gospodarek (actress) and I create a show based on poems by Joachim Ringelnatz, a German poet (1883-1934)
"und publikum noch stundenlang" In 2011 Nicole re-joins the company for a production!


Mir scheint da mancherlei nicht klar - Ringelnatz
2014 3. Figurentheaterfestival im Figurentheater Lübeck
2017 Klaps! Augsburg

Komm mit, kleine Angst!
2018 Frischer Wind - Grashüpfer, Berlin

Big Wolf and Little Wolf: The leaf that does not want to fall
2011 "Ancient Trance" Intern. Maultrommelfestival in Taucha
2013 Lesezauber in Frankfurter Bibliotheken
2013 Meller Puppenspieltage (Jury-Preis)
2014 KiLian - Sächsische Bibliotheken
2015 Skipton Puppet Festival, UK
2017 Klapps, Augsburg
2018 Lesezauber, Frankfurt

Mr. Squirrel and the first Snow
2014 Meller Puppenspieltage
2012 Puppenspielfest im FEZ

My Kingdom For A Cookie
2007 Puppet Centre - London (GB)
2007 Berliner Märchentage
2007/8 "Ancient Trance" Intern. Maultrommelfestival in Leipzig
2008 Puppets for People - Wendlandfestival
2008 Puppenspieltage im FEZ - Berlin
2009 Lesezauber in Frankfurter Bibliotheken
2010 1. Figurentheaterfestival im Figurentheater Lübeck

Salt - A Tale
2006 Figuranima - Berlin
2006 Berliner Märchentage
2007 1. Schattentheaterfestival - Hannover
2010 1. Figurentheaterfestival im Figurentheater Lübeck

The Fir Tree
2003 Brütten (CH)
2005 Berliner Märchentage
2007 Puppet Animation Festival Scotland (GB)

Shadow - E.A.Poe
2007 1. Schattentheaterfestival - Hannover

Two Monsters
2008 Berliner Märchentage
2009 Puppenspieltage im FEZ
2013 Bottroper Puppentheatertage
2015 Skipton Puppet Festival, UK

Ringelnatz (Auszüge)
2009 Langen Puppennächte der Festivals in Paderborn und Wolfsburg
2014 Theaternacht Hamburg
2014 Silvesterprogramm Figurentheater Lübeck


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