The Bavarian State Ministry of the Arts particularly puts a special focus on supporting puppetry, children's and youth theatre as well as dance.
For several years now, dance has grown in popularity. Attracting people from all walks of life, it is considered to be an outstanding and modern tool to foster cultural education. The Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera), the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz (State Theatre at Gaertnerplatz) and the Staatstheater Nuernberg (Nuremberg State Theatre) all have internationally renowned dance companies. Furthermore, the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Sciences and the Arts supports various dance productions as well as basic and advanced training programmes offered annually by the Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenoessischen Tanz, BLZT (Bavarian Association for Contemporary Dance, BLZT). With the Tanzspeicher Wuerzburg and the Tanzzentrale der Region Nuernberg-Fuerth (Tanzzentrale of the Nuremberg Region), the ministry funds two centres for contemporary dance, whose appeal radiates far beyond the region.
- Tanzportal Bayern (website in German)
- Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenoessischen Tanz – Bavarian Association of Contemporary Dance (website in German)
- Tanzspeicher Wuerzburg (website in German)
- Tanzzentrale der Region Nuernberg-Fuerth – Tanzzentrale of the Nuremberg Region (website in German)
Today, modern puppetry is renowned worldwide for having been rediscovered as a new form of art. Quite frequently, it utilizes a versatile style by opening the stage, by distancing itself from the puppeteer, by interacting with actors and actresses, and by co-operating with other forms of art and incorporating modern media into its format. Puppetry has been enjoyed by an ever-growing audience, because it is imminent to this form of art to constantly cross borders to other genres such as contemporary dance and the performing arts.
Puppetry enjoys a unique tradition in Bavaria. One of the great authors of puppet plays is Count Franz Pocci, also nicknamed "Kasperlgraf" (Count Kasperl) in commemoration of Kasperl Larifari, the main hero of his more than 40 Kasperl plays. Famous far beyond Bavaria is the "Augsburger Puppenkiste" (Augsburg Puppet Box). It was in 1953 that this puppet theatre company successfully introduced puppeteering to the world of television.
Theatres in Bavaria
- Augsburger Puppenkiste - Augsburg Puppet Box (website in German)
- Moussong Theater mit Figuren in Augsburg - Augsburg Moussong Puppet Theatre (website in German)
- Marionettentheater der Stadt Bad Toelz - The Bad Toelz Puppet Theatre (website in German)
- Theater Kuckucksheim, Erlangen - The Kuckucksheim Theatre of Erlangen (website in German)
- Puppenspielverein Kaufbeuren - Puppetry Association of Kaufbeuren (website in German)
- Topolino Figurentheater, Neu-Ulm - The Topolino Puppet Theatre of Neu-Ulm (website in German)
- Theater Salz + Pfeffer, Nuernberg - The Nuremberg Salt + Pepper Theatre
- Thalias Kompagnons - Theater mit Puppen, Nuernberg - The Thalias Kompagnons Puppet Theatre of Nuremberg
- Regensburger Figurentheater im Stadtpark - The Regensburg City Park Puppet Theatre (website in German)
- Theater 7 in Wassertruedingen (Website in German)
- Schwabacher Marionettenbuehne - The Schwabach Puppet Stage (website in German)
- Theater Spielberg, Wuerzburg - The Spielberg Theatre of Wuerzburg (website in German)
- Plastisches Theater Hobbit, Wuerzburg - The Hobbit Theatre of Wuerzburg (website in German)
Children's and Youth Theatres
There are numerous children's and youth theatres offering performances for a young audience with great success.
Theatres in Bavaria
- Theater Kopfueber, Ansbach (website in German)
- Theater Fritz und Freunde, Augsburg - The Fritz and Friends Theatre of Augsburg (website in German)
- Junges Theater Augsburg - The Young Theatre of Augsburg (website in German)
- Klexs Theater, Augsburg - The Klexs Theatre of Augsburg (website in German)
- Werkstatttheater Chapeau Claque-Kindertheater, Bamberg - The Bamberg Chapeau Claque Experimental Theatre for Children (website in German)
- Junges Landestheater Bayern - Youth Theatre Bavaria (website in German)
- Theater EUKITEA, Diedorf - The Diedorf EUKITEA Theatre Company
- Theater im Bus, Haar - The Haar Theatre on Wheels (website in German)
- Muenchner Theater fuer Kinder - Munich theatre for children (website in German)
- Das Papiertheater, Nuernberg - The Nuremberg Paper Theatre
- Theater Pfuetze, Nuernberg - The Nuremberg Puddle Theatre (website in German)
- Theater Mummpitz, Nuremberg
- Theater Rootsloeffel, Nuremberg (website in German)
- Theater thevo, Nuernberg - Theatre from People for People, Nuremberg (website in German)
- SchauBurg - Theater der Jugend, München - The Schauburg Youth Theatre Munich (website in German)