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Puppet Theatre boss Gretl Aicher dies

Gretl Aicher, 84, who was Artistic Director of the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre has died.

She took over the project in 1977 on the death of the former director, Hermann Aicher, and ran the theatre on Salzburg's Schwarzstraße.

With her father she has been linked for a considerable time with the success of the company. Her grandfather, Anton Aicher founded the company in 1913.

Speaking about life long passion for puppetry, she said: "What, then, is the fascination of life with marionettes? Is it the pleasure of performing? The appeal of mastering an "instrument" to the point of virtuosity? The transformation of one's own self?"

"For me, it is the process of empathising with mind and soul, of feeling at one with music and movement that bring these much loved creatures to life. The marionette makes possible undreamt of effects of dramatic imagination, which can never be achieved on the full-size "human" stage.

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