Brigitte Dörner - Puppets & Props
Latest Project www.shakespearepuppets.com :
William Shakespeare's The Tempest - directed & designed by moi as part of PSC400
"Brigitte brings The Tempest to life onstage with fantastical puppets, enchanting songs, and a talented ensemble!"
Since September 2013 I am teaching puppetry in Novy Porg elementary schools' afternoon clubs.
In 2013 I joined Prague Shakespeare Company as props designer for their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, directed by Guy Roberts (www.pragueshakespeare.org).
Since then I've worked on their productions of AmeriKAfka, Venus in Fur, Murder of Gonzago, As You Like it - performed in the amazing Estates Theater, where Mozart conducted his Don Giovanni for the very first time, Into The Woods, Midsummer Nights Dream - educational theater, 12th Night, Dracula by Jim Helsinger, Order of the Blue Chrysanthemum (Capek adaption by John Poston), and Much Ado About Nothing. So far...
I've also been involved in several short movies by Prague Film School students.
There's a little collcetion of fotos and snapshots...
La Popette - She's Alive!!
After attending Mirek Trejtnar's Stop Motion Animation class (www.puppetsinprague.eu) in April 2013, I'm happy to introduce to you the first character of my future project, La Popette!
To see more about her creation, please click on the image!
The little video below has been created during the workshop as a short exercise of how to bring our puppets to live.
Most Exciting Project ...
... pssst, still kind of a secret, but I've started working on my first Stop Motion Animation Movie ever, and I'm thrilled and obsessed and hardly can think of anything else.
Details will be revealed soon, just that much for now: the Lady on the left will be one of the leading characters...
Nice Article about my Work:
Thank you very much, Suchi Rudra!
To read the article, please click on the picture!
Why Dark Smile?
I love Creatures, like Vampires, Dragons, Goblins...
Why? I don't know, it has always been like this. And I not only love them, I also do believe in them. But be warned, they can only be seen by those, who don't question their existence! You didn't see one of them, yet? Well, ... ;-)
For me they are part of our being, like a shadow, like our wild nature, something that isn't supposed to exist in our present ratio-dominated societies.
So we either ignore them or tuck them away in the apparently "safe" realms of Fairy Tales, or, worst case, condemn them to a life as "only" products of our Phantasy...
But, the more we accept having a shadow, a not always nice and friendly part of our personality, the less it feels like a threat, and the less it will surprise us, when our shadow will jump out of his secret nook within our soul from time to time to claim its right to have its part in our lives...
Without your Shadow you would never know that your standing in the light!
Well, I don't want to "over-psycho" this shadow-issue like a shrink, so my creatures almost always have a smile on their faces, or at least make me smile, or make others smile, or ideally all of it.
And did I mention that I also believe in the transforming powers of humour and laughter? I fullheartedly do. This is why I called my home based workshop "Dark Smile Studio", since even my "human-like" creations seem to have something "creature-esque", haven't they?
My puppets are made from different media, most of them from air drying clay or paper clay, but in 2010 I started to work in wood, either.
While the sculpted dolls are mainly collectible items, made for decoration, the stage puppets and wooden marionettes are created by professional technics to perform on stage. For any questions about my puppets, please feel free to contact me.
To see, which puppets are currently for sale you are welcome to visit my Etsy-shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DarkSmileStudio