Pendel – that’s what the artist couple Marlene Gmelin and Detlef Schmelz from Hermuthausen in Baden-Württemberg call themselves. The name stands for quality marionette construction and the development of complex theatre puppets.
After earning degrees in pedagogy, they learned the complex, often secret knowledge about the marionette construction, puppetry and the basics of theatre. Since then, Marlene Gmelin and Detlef Schmelz have devoted themselves to the marionette as an art form. They build very flexible and expressive marionettes for those who want to play with professional puppets. An easy-to-use control bar and a sophisticated joint technology help the figures achieve amazingly natural movements. Even for the layman, they are “child’s play” to move. Pendel marionettes are creatures from fairy tales, myths and fantasy worlds and have won internationally renowned awards.
The two live and work in an old farmhouse, where their Pendel Puppet Theatre is also housed, east of the sun and west of the moon. They perform with their touring theatre both in Germany and internationally.