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The Apels – A Dresden family of Puppet Artists between Empire and GDR

Title of Research Project:
The Apels – A Dresden family of Puppet Artists between Empire and GDR

Project Organiser:
Puppentheatersammlung (Puppet Theatre Collection)

Between 1870 and 1971, the Apels worked more than one hundred years as puppet artists. In three generations, they ran four marionette stages and two cinemas. In 1877, Albert Apel purchased a marionette stage from the time of around 1790. His son Heinrich was especially innovative. He wrote several puppet plays, was the first to travel with a large tent in Saxony and was invited to guest in many European variety shows between 1905 and 1908. Within the cultural politics determined by Stalin, the last two stages, operated by the Apels, had to be closed in 1952. The projects looks into the family history and the aesthetic change in their theatres against the backdrop of political and social changes.

Attempted Aims and Results:
An exhibition in the Jägerhof (2011) with an accompanying publication, dissertation at the Universität Hamburg, Institut für Volkskunde

until 2011

Project Manager:
Lars Rebehn M. A., Conservator of the Puppentheatersammlung  (Puppet Theatre Collection)

First Results and Publications:
Lars Rebehn: Biographien sächsischer Marionettenspieler. Albert Apel (1847-1905). In: Johannes Moser, Lars Rebehn, Sybille Scholz: „Mit großer Freude greif ich zur Feder“ Autobiographische und biographische Zeugnisse sächsischer Marionettenspieler. Zusammengestellt nach Unterlagen der Puppentheatersammlung der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Dresden: Thelem, 2006. (Bausteine aus dem ISGV 5), S. 79-94.

Lars  Rebehn
Garnisonkirche, Entrance D
Stauffenbergallee 9
01099 Dresden
Telephone: 0049 -(0)351 - 838 75 71