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A Storm in the Head
LGL Theatre Incubator
Mentor and director: Primož Ekart
Theatre adventure
A Storm in the Head is a daring theatre adventure in which young artists, together with the director and actor Primož Ekart and other creative collaborators, will learn about the latest discoveries concerning the workings of a teenage brain. In this period of one’s life, as many as 86,000 billion neurons trigger various daily changes, and at the same time enable a youthful explosion of creativity, audacity, excitement and courage. Together with the dramaturge and storyteller Ana Duša and the master of movement theatre Sebastjan Starič, young people will train their body and voice, learn various theatre techniques and improvisations and through different phases of creation get to know the entire theatre process, which they will complete with a performance created in professional working conditions. A Storm in the Head will open in April 2018 on the Stage under the Stars, at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.
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Animal Farm
Grand Stage LGL
Length 80 min
George Orwell, Andrej Rozman Roza
Director: Vito Taufer
Puppet performance
Is a positive utopia possible at all? What is it that we are to offer to our youth as an alternative, if just any system can degenerate into its own version of totalitarianism? Should we offer them a ready made system or is it better to impart values to them and just keep warning them of the possible mistakes?
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Doctor Faustus
Grajsko gledališče
Length 60 min
Milan Klemenčič, based on 18th Century motifs
Director: Jelena Sitar
Puppetheque performance
The tale of a scholar who sold his soul to the devil has been inspiring European art for centuries. Today, the most famous reworking of the motif is considered to be the German legend based on Dr Johannes Faust, a historical figure from the early 16th century, whose life grew into a folk legend through German oral tradition, becoming the subject of countless retellings and interpretations. Milan Klemenčič adapted the Leipzig version of the puppet play and staged it in 1938 in his own Miniature Puppets Theatre. Get into the spirit of the great master and enjoy a puppetry masterpiece, which was revived by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in 1982.
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In the back of Time
Tunnel LGL
Length 35 min
Meta Grgurevič, Urša Vidic
Multimedia show
This multi-media spatial installation of moving images, structures, music, light and performance, entitled as In the Back of Time, was conceived based on the motifs from the novel To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, in a close collaboration between a range of renowned artists from various fields of contemporary art. Quite unusually, we will enter instead of a regular auditorium, a tunnel, or the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana backstage, extending as far as the castle hill. We will be led through this spatial installation by music, words and sounds that will capture the story's atmosphere and thus shed light on its process of creation, intimate relations within a family and the dimension of time. in Slovene and English
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Little Queens, foto Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 75 min
Eva Mahkovic
Director: Jaša Koceli
Dramatic performance
Cecilia is promiscuous, liberal and pregnant. Eli is ugly; she has bad skin, bad hair, bad body, quite bad clothes and bad marks. Regina is a queen, the most beautiful, the most successful and the most clever among the three of them; she has long hair, her mummy bought her a pair of Prada trousers in the Barberino Outlet, and when she passes her international A levels, she will enrol in the International Business School in Maastricht. Cecilia has a sister, Tara, and Regina has a sister, Alma, who are both around thirty years old; they represent their adulthood, the possible future, in short, the reality. Tara has children. Alma likes to think that she has a career. They used to belong to the now broken up girl gang One More Time.
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Monkeys
Amit Drori
Monkeys  18+
LGL, Hazira – Performance Art Arena, Jerusalem (Israel), TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg and Theatre Garonne, scène européenne, Toulouse (France)
Direction and visual design: Amit Drori
Robotic rituals
Monkeys, performed by people and machines, will be a journey into the reality of a group of exotic robotic monkeys. These beings, designed to the last detail, live in a mechanical universe erasing the distinctions between human beings and machines, between the “living” and the “dead”. As if not being aware of the outside world, the monkeys live in their perfect, artificial microcosm. In this complicated common world, various species of monkeys make love, give birth and die. They worship their god and play. They are cruel to each other, but also caring. Robotic monkeys were made to arouse in us a feeling of a deep identification, on the one hand, and trigger a reflection on how they differ from human beings and their “thoughts”, on the other. This wandering between compassion and distance creates the stage reality of contradictions and emotional tension.
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Nellie Goodbye, foto: Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 90 min
Lutz Hübner
Director: Jaša Koceli
Dramatic performance
The performance Nellie Goodbye is a glimpse behind the curtain, revealing a creative collective, which invites the audience to be present at its band's rehearsals. It is a story about a torn, obstinate and individualistic generation, which although desperately trying to create together, keeps stumbling either into its own barriers or the ones brought about by fate, into which it is stuck. A disease thwarts the youthful plans, forcing the members of the band to reconsider their decisions.
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OD
Tunnel LGL
Length 60 min
Tamara Matevc
OD  12+
Director: Marko Čeh
Dramatic performance
This is a story of drugs. This is a story of addictions. This is a story of life.
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Once We Got Lost, foto: Miha Fras
Stage Under the Stars
Length 70 min
Lotte Faarup
Director: Anja Suša
Dramatic performance
Once We Got Lost is an astonishing, poetical and touching story about growing up far too quickly, written by the Danish playwright and stage director Lotte Faarup. It is a story about two children, who try to save their parents’ marriage and eventually get lost in the chaos of the grownups’ quarrels. The drama features a divorce as seen through children’s eyes, discussing freely, frankly and vividly what is actually happening behind the doors of the children’s room, when a war between the separated parents in raging in front of them, when the family idyll is replaced by jealousy, hidden aggression, fury and despair. Suddenly faced with a world that turns upside down, the two children (brother and sister) deal with their losses and stormy feelings in their own way.
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Open the Owl
Stage Under the Stars
Franz Pocci, Célia Houdart
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace, Strasbourg (France)
Director: Renaud Herbin
Intermedia interpretation of The Castle of Owls (1936)
Open the Owl will put on stage the miniature characters from The Castle of Owls, a performance created in 1936 by the Slovenian puppeteer Milan Klemenčič. Célia Houdart, a contemporary French writer, will build on Pocci’s story, which touches on the issues of transformation, ruses and deception, in the spirit of contemporary philosophical narrative. The staging will follow the idea of an illusion-making device. The spectators will be invited to enter an image workshop. From the frame of a small stage and its backdrops, their gaze will be transferred backstage, to which they usually have no access. The space will be unfolded, the spectator’s gaze transformed, perspectives will multiply in the rhythm of the journey of images and video projections. We will find ourselves on the other side of the stage décor.
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Requiem for The Future, foto Nada Žgank
Stage Under the Stars
Length 60 min
Maja Smrekar
Hybrid performance
The project Requiem for The Future, conceived by an interdisciplinary artist Maja Smrekar, will be presented as an experiment/performance, in which the human body is substituted by animals and machines. The pivotal question tackled within it will be: What is a machine as artificial intelligence and how can we build a dialogue between the animal and artificial intelligence? The link between the technology and nature will be established through animation. It has been several years now since the author started exploring the work with dogs on an empirical level, using elements of modern technology. She is particularly interested in creating spatial choreography, mainly performed by dogs and robots (what she actually deals with are synergic transitions between anthropomorphic, technomorphic and zoomorphic – the associations, which are evoked by puppets as well).
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The Devilish Triptych
Based on the motifs of The Master and Margarita by M. A. Bulgakov
Directors: Matija Solce and Mirjana Medojević
Intermedia puppet and visual omnibus
The Devilish Triptych is an omnibus of three events related to the topic of The Master and Margarita (1966). The intention of breaking down the novel is above all in presenting the different perceptions of the story in the narrower and the broader context of today’s state of society. This is precisely what the devil asks himself in the novel and consequently what Bulgakov asked when he wrote it. Perhaps this is the main reason for such a long-lasting censorship of The Master and Margarita.The Triptych first and foremost involves an exploration of theatre as a medium for social self-reflection; it is like a laboratory making social diagnoses in the context of today’s society and its defects.
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The Stones
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 55 min
Tom Lycos, Stefo Nantsou
The Stones  12+
Director: Ivica Šimić
Dramatic performance
The Stones is a dramatisation of a real story of two boys, who threw stones from the bridge over a motorway, and as a result killed a driver. It is written as a play for two actors, who act in the roles of the two boys, and the two detectives respectively.
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The Tempest, foto Jaka Ivanc
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 80 min
William Shakespeare
Gledališče Koper/Teatro Capodistria and Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Dramatic performance
A lonely, desert island. Stranded on it after the shipwreck for the past twelve years are the rightful Duke of Milan Prospero and his now growing up daughter Miranda, both banished from Milan, when Prospero's avid brother took power and conquered the principality for the King of Naples, who is now sailing past the island, accompanied by his son, brother, the self-proclaimed Duke, and his entourage. Prospero, who possesses magic powers and is served by his airy spirit Ariel, »raises« a tempest, and thus all his former enemies end up shipwrecked on his island. There they are forced to face Prospero and account for their parvenu intentions, treacheries and past. The play has a happy ending – the son of the King of Naples falls in love with Miranda, and Prospero blesses their union, thus forgiving his former enemies all their evil intentions. Finally they all sail back to Italy.
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