Inna Solomonik

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Inna Solomonik

Inna Naumovna Solomonik (7 August 1932, Moscow – 14 July 2009, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian specialist on puppet theatre. She graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages in 1973 (first degree, diploma of French teacher) and got her PhD at the Institute of Oriental Studies under the USSR Academy of Sciences (Moscow) in 1981 (thesis: Javanese Wayang Purwa performance as a semiotic system).

Inna Solomonik has been studying the history of the puppet theatre for over 40 years. From 1961 till 1991 she was a research fellow with the Museum of Puppets under the State Academic Central Puppet Theatre led by Sergey Obraztsov. She began her research career by investigating folk puppet shows in pre-revolutionary Russia, then in Europe and the Americas. By the late 1960s she prepared some volume of documents, descriptions, and so on (about 3000 typed pages) on the history of the Russian folk puppet theatre. In 1993 a small part of this work was printed in the book Puppets come in the stage. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Inna Solomonik turned to studies of oriental puppet performances. In 1980 she was ready with her PhD thesis. The kernel of this research was a semiotic analysis of the silhouettes of Wayang Purwa figures. Later Inna Solomonik continued to study the Asian puppet theatre, and published two monographs on the subject (1983, 1992). In 2001 she published the book-album on Javanese Wayang Beber. She was an active member of the Nusantara Society.


  1. “Wayang Purwa Puppets: the Language of the Silhouette” - in: “Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde”, 136 (1980), no: 4, Leiden, hlm. 482-497.
  2. Traditsionny teatr kukol Vostoka. Osnovnie vidi teatra ploskikh izobrazheny [Traditional Puppet Theatre of Oriental Main Types of the Flat Image Performances]. Moscow: “Nauka”, 1983. – 184 p.p.; ill.
  3. Traditsionny teatr kukol Vostoka. Osnovnie vidi teatra ob’yomnikh form [Traditional Puppet Theatre of Oriental. Main Types of the Three-dimensional Image Performances]. Moscow: “Nauka”, 1992. – 312 p.p.; ill.
  4. "The Oriental Roots of Soviet Rod Puppets" - in: “Contemporary Thea-tre Review” 1, 1992, hlm. 37–40.
  5. Kukli vikhodyat na sstsenu. (Puppets come in the stage). Moscow: “Prosveshchenie”, 1993. – 160 p.p.; ill.
  6. Wayang Beber: teatr ili magichesky obryad? (Wayang Beber: a theatre or a magic rite?). Moscow: “GEOS”, 2001. –78 p.p.; ill.
  7. “The Invisible Through the Visible. The Analysis of Traditional Shadow and Puppet Performance” – in: Dimensions of Shadow Play in Malay Civilisation. Kuala Lumpur: UM, Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, 2006, hlm. 87-98.