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New season programe 2018/2019

30. 7. 2018

The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre proudly announces both content- and genre-wise bold and provocative new season, featuring 13 premiere performances, in which our main attention will remain focused on our viewers, whom we strive to confront with new challenges time and again.  Sometimes they have to pass through a variety of theatrical spaces, disburdened of theatre conventions, some other times they are even allowed to actively intervene in the stage action, to either twist or change it completely. In our upcoming productions we will be mainly interested in their inner worlds. We intend to subtly step into them by means of intimate performing forms, touching their emptiness with different stories that will collide with their solitude, fear, pain, passing ... What is it that can move them? What can open up the boundaries of their perception? Where and in what way can the life itself touch them?

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We will begin our season with a Slovenian-French coproduction At the Still Point of the Turning World to be premiered at the 14thBiennial Festival of Contemporary Art - LUTKE 2018, which will take place in Ljubljana, from 12th to 16th September 2018. It is a second part of the diptych, put on stage by French director Renaud Herbin. Its first part, Open the Owl, places the heritage of Klemenčič's miniature marionettes within the context of contemporary performative practices, whereas the new staging, focusing on the expressiveness of the throng of marionettes, explores the feeling of spaciousness, offered by a vast theatre stage.

The premiere of the performance The Wale on the Beach, put on stage by its author and director Vinko Möderndorfer and transferred from the last season, draws attention to the topical issue of inclusion, which will be fully possible only when the society realises that we all have the same needs and desires, and that people with disabilities do not pose threat.

The peak of the celebration activities, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of our theatre's foundation, will be marked by a »wild puppet adventure« Martin Krpan, based on Levstik's tale about the determined, simple and brave hero Martin Krpan, returning to our stage in a modern interpretation by a young stage director Tin Grabnar.  In addition to the spatial transformation, this staging will be also defined by some modern reinvention of the traditional hand puppets technique. Intertwining with the technical virtuosity, rhythmicity and coordination of animators will be some stage tricks and magic, establishing through a play of theatrical illusion a new level of modern puppetry. This dynamic and playful performance will be also supported by some biting social critique, tiny political incorrectness as well as spiced up with a good measure of humour.

Spotty the Ball belongs among the puppet performances that have managed to survive a myriad of creative, fashionable and modernistic trends in the development of puppet art. On the occasion of celebrating of the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and marking 60 years since Jože Pengov's death, we will pay tribute with the new puppet replicas and rejuvenated ensemble cast to this famous puppet classic and the finely tuned Ljubljana Marionette School, placed by Pengov with his high interpretation and animation requirements among the top European theatres. Upon this important celebration the theatre backstage will be disclosed as well, where puppets are brought to life by their animators from the marionette bridge and their voices are lend to them by speakers, sitting below on the proscenium.  

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is one of the most-translated and best-selling books of world literature to be put on our stage by director  Yulia Roschina. The invisible essence of the story about life, death, growing up and searching for the meaning of life will be unveiled through apparent antagonisms – between faithful and authorial reading, between book and theatre, between directing and word, between silence and music, between actor and puppet, between child and adult, between man and nature, between ourselves and others, between man and his own self.

The Little Beasts of Rezija and their instructive fables have been a part of the childhood of many generations of young readers for over 40 years. Based on the material, gathered and explored by Dr. Milko Matičetov in the area of Rezija, the eponymous collection of fables was published in 1973. It was soon followed by numerous radio, puppet and television revivals.  Marking the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous ethnologist Dr. Milko Matičetov, the Little Beasts will be appearing on the LPT stage for the very first time.  On the lookout for Rezijan spirit in the stories and music will be director Maruša Kink and visual designer Tina Dobrajc. 

Goodbye (Adjö, herr Muffin, 2002) is one of the most award-winning performances and one of the best-selling Scandinavian picture books by Swedish writer Ulf Nilsson. It is a touching story about passing, parting and memory that fades away, and a story about life, when we allow ourselves to come to the end of the world and realise that there is no edge there. The directing and visual design will be in the hands of Jasna Vastl.

The Rite of Spring belongs among the most frequently performed dance pieces in the world. Community demands the sacrifice of a virgin, who dances herself to death. Sacrifice is often associated with manipulation. And the same applies to a puppet, which is often considered a metaphor for manipulation as well.  Intertwining in the mentioned are two fragments of reasoning, leading to a staging of The Rite of Spring with puppets. It is a physical challenge, which includes the understanding of movement as a metaphor for life. This staging of The Rite of Spring will be much more than just a manipulation. It will be a question of how much life we can breathe into something that will soon be sacrificed.

Belgian illustrator and writer Kitty Crowter (1970) received the Astrid Lindgren award for her work in 2010.  In its commentary, the jury wrote down that the artist »preserves the picture book tradition, simultaneously changing and renewing it.« It is her second picture book, translated into Slovenian and presented in the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre after Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop! Jack and Jim is above all a performance about friendship, demanding of the youngest viewers some answers to extremely significant questions about coexistence and acceptance of others.

The Right to be a Human isa theatrical research, involving young people, aged between 13 and 19, who will be exploring in collaboration with the creative team and selected group of experts their own understanding of permissible and acceptable, social and personal responsibility and interpersonal relationships. The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre will be thus continuing with its active involvement of young people as in the theatrical as well as in the wider cultural and social space, which will offer adults a possibility of an insight into the upcoming generations and their ways of thinking, as well as open up at the intersection a common space for conversation.

Peekaboo, staged by director Mateja Bizjak Petit, is an experiential multimedia show for the youngest viewers, in which the rebuses or the picture puzzles, created by the renowned French illustrator Lucia Félix, capture interest of the young viewers, gently rocking them into their first interactive theatrical experience, equivalently combining the elements of visual art, dance, music and new, modern technologies.

Neil Gaiman (1960) is one of the best writers of fantasy tales, as well as author of many novels, short stories and comic strips, whose work was awarded by many respected literary awards. The adventurous romantic fairy tale Stardust is a fantastic journey through the world of dreams that makes everything impossible possible. It is a performance, combining movement and words, body and video. Leading the viewers through this multimedia science fiction labyrinth will be director and choreographer Mala Kline.

The creators of a puppet miniature for adults entitled as The Weakness of Power, will set out the theme of reigning, the decency of power, the establishment of values ... They will be exploring the area of the intimate puppet and object theatre.  They will be looking for the materials, allowing a double look at the desired topic or object, the materials, increasing or decreasing, converging or diverging from the seen. They like the marionettes and they like the strings they are manipulated with in particular. Will they place them in a space of comfort and protection?  Will they focus more on the processes of marionette manipulation? Will they place us somewhere between the mirrors, strings, darkness and glass? Let us leave it to the theatre. The performance will be directed by Jiři Zeman and Martina Maurič Lazar and visually designed by Gregor Lorenci.


AT THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD
A Marionette Performance, for adults
Directed by Renaud Herbin
A coproduction with the TJP Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg and TNG – Centre Dramatique National de Lyon (France)
SEPTEMBER 2018, as part of the LUTKE Festival 2018
THE OLD POWER STATION
BiTeater

Vinko Möderndorfer
THE WHALE ON THE BEACH
A Theatre Performance, 9+
Directed by Vinko Möderndorfer
SEPTEMBER 2018
ST. JACOB'S STAGE LPT*

Fran Levstik
MARTIN KRPAN
A Wild Puppet Adventure, 5+
Directed by Tin Grabnar
Visual Design by Špela Trobec
As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the LPT
OCTOBER 2018
GRAND STAGE LPT

Jan Malík
SPOTTY THE BALL
A Puppetheque Performance, 4+
Directed by Jože Pengov
Restaging by Brane Vižintin
As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the LPT
NOVEMBER 2018
GRAND STAGE LPT

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
THE LITTLE PRINCE
Le petit prince
A Puppet Poem, 5+
Directed by Yulia Roschina
Visual Design by Vasilija Fišer
NOVEMBER 2018
STAGE UNDER THE STARS LPT

Milko Matičetov
THE LITTLE BEASTS OF REZIJA
A Puppet Performance, 3+
Directed by Maruša Kink
Visual Design by Tina Dobrajc
FEBRUARY 2019
GRAND STAGE LPT

Ulf Nilsson
GOODBYE
Adjö, herr Muffin
A Staged Memory, 3+
Directed and Visually Designed by Jasna Vastl
FEBRUARY 2019
SMALL STAGE LPT

Igor Stravinsky 
THE RITE OF SPRING
A Puppet Rite, 14+
Directed by Matjaž Farič
Visual Design by Barbara Stupica
MARCH 2019
GRAND STAGE LPT

Kitty Crowther
JACK AND JIM
A Puppet Performance, 3+
Directed by Ivana Djilas
Visual Design by Kirsty Elson
APRIL 2019
SMALL STAGE LPT

THE RIGHT TO BE A HUMAN
A Theatre Laboratory
Directed by Mare Bulc
APRIL 2019
ST. JACOB'S STAGE LPT
 
Lucie Félix
PEEKABOO
An Experiential Performance, 18 months +
Directed by Mateja Bizjak Petit
Visual Design by Lucie Félix
A coproduction with the Collectif Ma-Théâ (Centre de Création pour l'Enfance) and Festival Mondial de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (France)
MAY 2019
ST. JACOB'S STAGE LPT 
 
Neil Gaiman
STARDUST
A Multimedia Science Fiction Labyrinth, 5+
Directed and Choreographed by Mala Kline
Visual Design by Petra Veber
MAY 2019
STAGE UNDER THE STARS LPT

ŠIBKOST MOČI
A Puppet Miniature, for adults
Directed by Jiři Zeman and Martina Maurič Lazar
Visual Design by Gregor Lorenci
JUNE 2019
A Family Living Room

*LPT – Ljubljana Puppet Theatre