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A Little Lamp, Pea and Feather, foto: Miha Fras
Stage Under the Stars
Length 35 min
Katja Povše
Director: Katja Povše
Puppet performance
Little Lamp, Pea and the Feather, inspired by The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen, is an amazingly gentle performance that lulls toddlers into a pleasing emotional state through a colourful set design and intriguing, sensual effects – tolling of little bells, playing of harp as well as repeating of simple sounds, syllables and words. Its complex and interactive setting not only wakes up even the youngest viewers but also maintains their attention, despite the fact that they may not be impressed by the fairy tale’s story the same way as their somewhat older pals.
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About a White Kitten that was Completely Black
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Claude Aveline
FRU-FRU Puppet Theatre, House of Children and Art
Directed, Conceived and Performed by: Katja Povše, Irena Rajh
Puppet Performance
The performance About a White Kitten that was Completely Black is a story about a cat family that teaches the youngest audience in a playful and humorous manner about tolerance, understanding difference and mutual respect. A tiny black kitten who appears among the new brood of small white lumps in the Whitecat family where all have always been white, provides for a real surprise: »It's just like a piece of coal on a snow carpet!« The staging intertwines this contrast of colours with the content and visual design of the puppets made of felted wool. The colourful wooden set construction becomes a scene of a friendly play of the kittens, filled with a myriad of awkward situations of the black kitten, whose hiding beneath the snow-white blankets is hardly successful and whose colour, so different from his brothers' and sisters', brings it a whole lot of trouble, but also a devoted family love that takes care for a playful unravelling of events.
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Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
LGL & Anton Podbevšek Teater, Novo mesto
Directed and Choreographed by: Magdalena Reiter
A 'Betweengenre' Performance
With the story about Alice who is seeking for her identity during her transition from childhood to adolescence, the staging, directed by Magdalena Reiter, addresses the subject of a child's conflict as she grows up between her inner (mental and physical) and outer (adult) world. The dream world, within which the story is told, acts as a reflection of the modern adult world through the eyes of a child and the search for meaning in the world of nonsense, contradiction and instability of norms. Placed in the imaginative space is the quest for one’s own identity and the theme of the development of the girl's body; to grow and to grow up are synonymous terms for Alice.
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Aquarium, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Kulturnica LGL
Length 40 min
Miha Golob
Aquarium  3+
Director: Miha Golob
Aquatic adventure
In the beginning there is nothing. Like an empty piece of paper, just a moment before it is touched by a pencil or a crayon. And everything is still possible. Then comes a cracking sound and an egg suddenly hatches out of the mist – a tiny little creature, yearning for a cosy home, friends, adventures and the whole colourful World …
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Barley And The Boat
Grand Stage LGL
Length 30 min
Anja Štefan
Director: Barbara Bulatović
Puppet performance
Barley lives near the lake. He plays on its shores every day. He floats his tiny boats on the lake and wishes to have a real boat ...
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Big-Eyes the Little Owl, foto Jaka Varmuž
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Director: Brane Vižintin
Marionette performance
Big-Eyes the Little Owl is the first work that Svetlana Makarovič wrote for children and also her first work staged at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre. It was directed by Matjaž Loboda and premiered in 1972, bringing a pleasant and welcome refreshment to the repertoire, which at the time consisted mostly of foreign works. It was only thereafter that the most important Slovenian writers also started writing puppet plays. Makarovič created a sweet, nice and poetic story about a little whimsical owl called Big-Eyes, who decides she no longer wants to be an ordinary, nocturnal bird, but a day owl. The Moon tries to dissuade her, but to no avail. In the morning when the owl family crawls into bed, Big-Eyes puts on her sunglasses and boisterously flies into the bright day. On her journey, she meets a number of animals and has numerous adventures – also dangerous ones!
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Catch me!
Small Stage LGL
Length 30 min
Saša Eržen
Catch me!  2+
Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana and Umetniško društvo Konj
Director: Silvan Omerzu
Puppet performance
A comedy with running and singing designed for the youngest audience and directed by a versatile puppet artist Silvan Omerzu, features an artistically purified, musically inspiring, playful and dynamic work. A simple, modular stage assembly, with wooden puppets and props, unfolds before the viewers an exciting and - until the performance’s very ending - interesting competition between the two neighbours, who eventually become friends. Its witty text was contributed by the writer of the younger generation Saša Eržen, whose picture book »The One about the Fleas« ranked her among the five finalists for the Original Slovenian Picture Book Award.
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CTRL.SHIFT.ESC.
Dance Theatre Ljubljana
Length 40 min
Natalija Manojlović Varga
Dance Theatre Ljubljana
Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by: Natalija Manojlović Varga
Dance Performance
For some time now, the Internet has not only been an information medium, but a parallel world, in which information lives its own life, regulated by its own rules – according to the Internet law. Here, the information about people and events are the selected and edited (CTRL) moments from the real worlds that sometimes prevent us to separate the truth from its virtual version. What happens - when the virtual identity is filled with all »the best of« - with all those parts of us that are not beautiful and happy enough to be shared with the public? When the rainbow image moves from the Internet to the real environment, parks, school corridors and classrooms (SHIFT.), our actions are deprived of the function »cancel«. If the content beneath the shiny surface is known to us at all, do we know how to walk, talk and preserve relationships with it? The dance performance draws attention to the problem of information technology and the related habits of the modern world, which we can neither deny nor ban (DEL.). There is no escape from virtual reality, but only escape from its traps (ESC.).
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Duck, Death and the Tulip, foto: Miha Fras
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 40 min
Wolf Erlbruch
Director: Fabrizio Montecchi
Shadow performance
Duck, Death and the Tulip is a gentle, friendly and discreet staging, confronting children with death without any embellishment or pathos, but rather through a refined sense of delicacy of the selected topic. The narrative about illness, departing and lost comes to life on the stage as a warm and vital story about the preciousness of closeness and friendship. It is a suggestive fusion of live acting, animation and shadow theatre, visually attracting and astonishing children and at the same time unobtrusively caressing them and presenting them with a thought about the transience and vulnerability of life.
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Emil and the Detectives, foto: Gregor Gobec
Grand Stage LGL
Length 70 min
Erich Kästner
Director: Ajda Valcl
A detective story
The performance Emil and the Detectives is based on a novel for children by the German writer Erich Kästner (1899–1974) who is certainly acknowledged as one of the most widely read children’s writers. The novel, which was first published in 1929, is Kästner’s first and also most popular children’s book. It was translated into more than 60 languages and has already seen quite a number of stage and film adaptations, the last one premiered in Germany in 2001.
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Four Black Ants, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Anja Štefan
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Puppet performance
Four Black Ants is a set of short parables about four little ants that contains just the right amount of everything – poetry, humour, rhythm, words, rhymes, heartiness and wisdom. They are full of little pleasures and funny adventures, inciting meditative reflections and arousing reactions with their clever sting.
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Goodbye, foto Jana Jocif
Kulturnica LGL
Length 30 min
Ulf Nilsson
Goodbye  5+
Directed and Visually Designed by: Jasna Vastl
A puppet miniature about the passing away
Once upon a time Mr. August was young and strong, but now he is old and tired. Most of the time, he just seats and thinks about his life. In his life he had a wife Victoria, who was as black as night and as beautiful as a sunny day, six small, roguish children, three cuddles a day, 728 cucumbers … and also a letter or two in his mailbox, from time to time. Every morning, Mr August carefully checks his mail. Even when he feels very bad.
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Goose the Bear, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Katja Gehrmann
Director: Ivana Djilas
Puppet mix-up
Goose the Bear is a seemingly simple mix-up. One day a little gosling hatches out of a lost egg. From the first moment the little creature is absolutely convinced that it is a bear, since the very first thing it sees is the Bear's face. Hidden behind the tale's letters and imaginary forest's trees are some essential questions about coexistence and accepting of others. Is everything that seems different really so different from us? How much of our time and attention we are ready to dedicate to relationships with other people? Goose the Bear is a story about tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
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How Porcupines Ripen
Small Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Peter Svetina
Maribor Puppet Theatre
Director: Bojan Labovič
Puppet and Dramatic Performance
The Performance How Porcupines Ripen is based on the eponymous literary source material by writer Peter Svetina and illustrator Damijan Stepančič (Založba Miš Publishing House, 2015), awarded by the Večernica Award for the best Slovenian original literary work for children and young people. United in its playful puppet and theatre interlacement, are several short stories, imbued with surreal humour that follow through their wacky adventures the porcupines Helge and Nicosia, exploring the world, asking each other odd questions and setting out for all kinds of adventures, accompanied by a colourful gang of adorable animals: they are looking for a memory that would hold them firmly by their paws, chasing ice creams, sending each other telegrams for their birthdays and having great fun during their funny adventures with a swift mongoose that is always late, a gorilla on a motorcycle, an elephant that can draw practically everything, two slothful sloths and others. It is indeed a versatile world, which sometimes seems to be quite illogical and meaningful only to itself … and in the meanwhile, the weasel Svit persistently sweeps and collects letters.
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iCankar
Cankarjev dom, Štih Hall
Length 45 min
Maruša Kink and Creative Team
iCankar  9+
Margareta Schwarzwald Institute, Cankarjev domCultural and Congress Centre and City Theatre Ptuj
Directed by: Maruša Kink
Detective Play
In the time when the term star has been misused to the extremes, the performance demonstrates to the young viewers its real meaning – Ivan Cankar was a star one hundred years ago! It is evident from the writer’s letters that he could be gentle, sensitive and witty, and also bitter, sarcastic and rigid at the same time. But above all he was a man of action. And, as it befits a true star, he was adored by women. The exciting narrative is conceived as a detective story and made of both truthful events from his life as well as the events, created by his imagination. This original production presents the writer and his work in a slightly different manner, unveiling his controversial personality and ideas, with which he could overwhelm everybody even here and now. Although this brings Cankar a little closer, it still does not take away his mysteriousness and significance.
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It's Nice to be a Native of Koper
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 60 min
Renata Vidič
Koper Theatre
Directed by: Renata Vidič
Dramatic Performance
It's Nice to be a Native of Koper presents to the young people in a humorous way the cultural heritage of the city of Koper and thus draws attention to the richness, diversity and importance of cultural heritage. Animated performance combines various themes of cultural heritage and everyday popular culture, establishing the theatre situation through a shooting of a television quiz, which is in many respects reminiscent of the real broadcasts. The viewers are also bearing witness to all the unpleasant events, occurring during the breaks and find themselves involved as guests in the studio in the support and encouragement of the competitors. Tested in their knowledge of the cultural heritage of Koper are the two young girls, guided through various questions by a spectacular host. Assistance to their answering is also available in short sketches and videos, whereas the demanding care for the smooth running of events is wittily assumed by the assistant director.
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Jack and Jim, foto Jaka Varmuž
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Kitty Crowther
Director: Ivana Djilas
A Puppet Performance
Jim is a blackbird. And blackbirds are black. But Jim doesn't find anything wrong in it. He doesn't even think about it. Things are as they are. Until he sets out on a journey to where his feet will take him and meets Jack. Jack is a seagull. And seagulls are white. And there is nothing wrong with that either. Jack and Jim are different. But in spite of everything they become very good friends. They spend a lot of time together and they feel fine together. Until one day Jim decides to visit a seagulls’ village. It is not easy to be a new kid in town. And especially if you look different. Even if you have your friend standing by your side. Can Jim enrich the seagulls' world? Will the blackbird be able to warm the seagulls’ hearts?
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Karlchen Stories, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Rotraut Susanne Berner and Saša Eržen
Director: Silvan Omerzu
Puppet performance
The collection of short stories about a little rabbit Karlchen was written by Rotraut Susanne Berner, a renowned German illustrator, who is also this year's winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award. The roguish Karlchen is like almost all children. He asks a lot of questions, he is polite, but also stubborn and he constantly makes up some extraordinary things Sometimes he can be even sad, but soon his mood improves and he becomes happy again; well, and now and then, he can also become really unmanageable. He is only four years old, but he already wants to go to school. Sometimes he doesn't want to put on his shoes, or spits out his chewing gum on the pavement. These are the stories of the family, full of humour and heartiness. Although they are seemingly simple, they are interwoven with the precious moments children easily identify with and take them as their own. Karlchen is exactly the same as we all once used to be.
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King Matt the First, photo Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 100 min
Janusz Korczak, Ana Duša
Director: Anja Suša
Dramatic performance
King Matt the First is a story of a boy who, after the sudden death of his father, the King, ascends the throne. Despite his efforts to rule justly and as he sees fit, he cannot bypass the ministers and the parliament, concerned only with the interests of adults and not children. In order to meet the needs of all the inhabitants, he establishes a children’s parliament. But instead of matters getting resolved, they become even more complicated and so Matt comes to realise that government and democracy hide numerous traps and dilemmas that cannot be solved in a simple way.
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Lapland Fairy Tales
Robert Crottet
Director: Matija Solce
Music, Object and Experiential Performance
In places where cities are spreading out today, glaciers once glided into the sea. Where trunks of cars are piling up today, hordes of elk once fled to the north to be soon followed by Laplanders. In addition to their hides and snares they carried along old narratives, which they communicated to each other with the help of »joik« - a unique way of communicating and describing things, events and persons in their entirety.
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Little Salamander Goes Across The Road, photo: Urška Boljkovac
Stage Under the Stars
Length 40 min
Matija Solce
Director: Matija Solce
Dramatised poetry
The aim of the dramatized poetry by Srečko Kosovel is to encourage the viewers to indulge in wonder as well as to soften, cheer up and rock themselves into the simple rhythms of his verses. This poetic and puppet collage takes its viewers to the world of sensory, musical and imaginative theatre.
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Lučka the Dandelion, photo Jaka Varmuž
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Gregor Strniša
Director: Maruša Kink
A Journey from a Flower to the Stars
Every dandelion gets a blowball. Who has never blown it and then observed its small seeds dreamily floating in the air? But Lučka the Dandelion is not an ordinary blowball. And she is not an ordinary dandelion. Because she wants to see what she looks like, she sets out from the meadow for the city. There, people look at themselves in shop windows and go to the cinema and the theatre to watch themselves. On her way, she meets unusual animals, plants, people and reflections. To see herself, she must overcome a few fears, make a few friends and travel along a few byways.
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Martin Krpan, foto Jaka Varmuž
Grand Stage LGL
Fran Levstik
Director: Tin Grabnar
A Wild Puppet Adventure
The text for the wild puppet adventure Martin Krpan is based on the folk tale by Fran Levstik, published in The Slovene Herald (Slovenski glasnik) 160 years ago. Throughout its history the famous story about a courageous, strong, lucid, ordinary and modest hero lived to see many of its reprints, adaptations, illustrations, radio plays, theatre adaptations, and even an animated cartoon film. Although he was well aware of the fact that the then mostly illiterate, ordinary Slovenian people needed a simple story about a peasant hero, whom they could understand and identify with, Levstik, when conceiving his tale, succeeded not to fall into an unambiguous writing.
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Mojca and the Animals, Foto: Urška Boljkovac
Small Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Eka and Brina Vogelnik
Director: Eka Vogelnik
Puppet performance
Mojca and the Animals is one of our oldest and most popular folk tales, especially among our youngest viewers. It not only reflects the spirit of the time, but also brings us back to our roots. The famous fairy tale, first published back in 1954, tells about an innocent Rabbit who is wrongly convicted and persecuted till the end of his days for a simple reason that he is the smallest and the weakest member of society. On the other side, there is this canny little Fox, who cheats everyone, and yet is never held responsible for it. Presented to us on stage this time, is a new Mojca, who defines the spirit of our time through her relationships.
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Peekaboo, photo Jaka Varmuž
Stage Under the Stars
Length 30 min
Lucie Félix
PEEKABOO  1.5+
Co-production Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Collectif Ma-Théâ (Centre de Créations pour l'Enfance) and World Festival of Puppet Theatres Charleville-Mézières, France
Director: Mateja Bizjak Petit
An Experiential Performance
PEEKABOO 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. Uncovering and covering some simple geometric shapes, the actress-dancer and the musician-actor create some new visual illusions, traversing from the two-dimensional experience of the picture book into the three-dimensional world of the theatre. What do we see? A square or a star in the night sky? An oval or a water lily in a pond?
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Peter and the Wolf
SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana
Length 45 min
Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev
SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana
Choreographed and Directed by: Ivan Peternelj
Dance Performance
Prokofiev's musical tale for narrator and orchestra (1936) is staged as a modern ballet fairy tale, which, instead on relying on realism, rather lays its bets on imagination. It presents a story about a brave boy Peter who likes to play with his friends (a little duck, a bird and a cat) on the meadow that lies in front of his house and close to the forest, until they are all surprised by a wolf, on a minimalist, empty stage, inspired in its visual design by the opus of the famous Russian painter and composer's contemporary Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky as well as through painting its scene and atmosphere with powerful colours. Prokofiev composed his work with an original didactic approach - each character of his tale is represented by a corresponding instrument in the orchestra (the little bird by a flute, the duck by an oboe, the cat by a clarinet, the grandfather by a bassoon, the wolf by the horns, the hunters by the wind instruments, the shooting of the hunters by the timpani and Peter by the strings) -, creating it as narrative about the struggle between good and evil. In the tale's original version the hunters take the wolf to a zoo, whereas this version updates the conflict between the domesticated and wild nature into a message about the encounter of the two worlds that are unknown to each other, releasing the wolf to freedom and escorting it back to the forest.
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Peter Klepec or How to Become a True Hero
SNG Drama Ljubljana
Length 55 min
Eva Kraševec and Maja Sever, based on the motifs of the legend about Peter Klepec
SNT Drama Ljubljana
Directed by: Maja Sever
Dramatic Performance
The dramatization of the legend of Peter Klepec that draws from different sources and literary adaptations, the most important among which is the famous folk tale by France Bevk, focuses in its reflection about Peter Klepec on the fulfilment of both his sincere desire as well as the ethical use of power. Peter Klepec or How to Become a True Hero derives from the modern experience of the children's play, putting in a foreground Peter as a boy of today's time who identifies himself (with a little help of his older sister) with the folk hero Peter Klepec and his story, acquires miraculous power and overcomes his great fears. In the trials that follow, he learns how to use his power for a good purpose and how to solve the problems on the playground.
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Peter Pan, foto Jaka Varmuž
Stage Under the Stars
Length 75 min
Jera Ivanc according to the text Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan  5+
Director: Yulia Roschina
Dramatic performance
Peter Pan is a tale of never-ending childhood. The main hero’s greatest wish is to remain a child forever, as he is convinced that growing up robs people off their imagination and makes them boring. Peter Pan is also one of the most known and famous fairy tales that revolves around the eternal theme of growing up, discovering of new sensations and accepting responsibilities. It is, at the same time, rounded up by a great deal of magic and symbolism. The young hero doesn't want to grow old, he doesn't even want to grow up. Instead he wants to fly, fight with Captain Hook and explore the Neverland. This clever and lively boy has been conquering children's imaginations and hearts all over the world for more than hundred years, since his character has been revived in many films, musicals, plays and books.
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Rabbit’s House, foto Jaka Varmuž
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Anja Štefan
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Puppet performance
Rabbit’s House is a story that reminds us how each of us can sometimes be in need and without a roof over his or her head and how nice and important it is to help each other whenever such unfortunate situations occur. In our story Frog, Squirrel, Badger and Bear unite their forces to help Little Rabbit who has lost his home.
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Raspberry Fairy
Grand Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Director: Svetlana Makarovič, Brane Vižintin
Puppet performance
Raspberry Fairy, as she is in the performance, where all woodland creatures fight for a primate and ownership of a ripe fruit, is almost ethereal, spiritually flawless creature, who comes to people’s aid when they get too deep in trouble.
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Room on the Broom, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Grand Stage LGL
Length 50 min
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Puppet performance
Room on the Broom is yet another hit, written by Scottish writer Julia Donaldson, who is an old acquaintance of Puppet Theatre, and her loyal collaborator - German illustrator -, Axel Scheffler. They are also the authors of the famous picture book The Gruffalo and its no less popular sequel The Gruffalo's Child.
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Sandpit
Miha Golob
Sandpit  5+
Director: Miha Golob
A Creative Analogue Playground
In a vast field of possibilities, in a creatively exciting analogue playground, each of three young strangers build their imaginative world: castles, tunnels and versatile architectures and objects are formed from grains of sand particles. The sandpit is not only a space of creation, but also a space of socialising that soon becomes a joint game between young researchers. The sandpit comes to life with the figurines that play different roles, enters into a variety of relationships and thus tackles the themes of courage, friendship and loyalty. The search for a common language and coexistence leads to making agreements, forming rules and establishing a flow of everyday life.
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Sapramouse
Grand Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Director: Nace Simončič / Brane Vižintin
Puppetheque performance
The most famous Slovenian marionette is Sapramouse. Slovenian children could not even imagine growing up without the fairy tales, written by Svetlana Makarovič. Over the years there has been a myriad of puppet performances based on her literary material that have enchanted our young viewers. The clever and brave Sapramouse is considered the greatest Slovenian puppet hit ever. It’s best known staging was the one premiered back in 1986 in the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (and directed by Nace Simončič) that has remained uninterruptedly on the theatre’s repertoire until today. Sapramouse is a true testament of the fact that today's children can be attracted by far less spectacular creations from the ones including modern technology; only they have to be convincing both in terms of their texts and realization. The popular show that has lived to see a record number of replays (almost 1.700), has had travelled more than halfway around the world.
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Scary Fairy, Foto: Urška Boljkovac
Grand Stage LGL
Length 60 min
Jana Bauer
Director: Matjaž Farič
Performance for little Villains
Unlike most of the kind mythological and fairytale creatures, this Scary Fairy treat its little viewers to a variety of cunning adventures. This likeably impish heroine lives in a wood where she is constantly bumping into animals. The magic sand, which she foists upon her neighbours, causes nothing but trouble, and her stubborn chasing of a hedgehog, which has supposedly caught rabies, offers a portion of hoaxes, which are waxy enough to produce a myriad of comical twists. The Scary Fairy’s enemies are a queer bunch of creatures: a Snail, a Salamander, a Hedgehog, an Owl, a Squirrel and other characters, who in the end, despite of everything, still remain her friends.
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Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop!
Small Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Kitty Crowther
Director: Ivana Djilas
Puppet performance
Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop! is a tender fairytale for the youngest, which intertwines strong feelings and rich imaginations. A frog called Jeremy is afraid to go to sleep. What is the sound – scritch scratch scraww plop – he can hear under his bed? Jeremy’s father tries to convince him that there is nothing to be afraid of. All until he himself lies down in the bed and hears the scritch scratch scraww plop. When they both step out of the house, they discover that the scritch scratch is coming from a mole digging a hole, the plop from a fish jumping out of water and scraww from a nocturnal bird.
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Secret Society PGC, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 80 min
Anton Ingolič, Nebojša Pop Tasić
Director: Marko Bulc - Mare
Dramatic performance
Secret Society PGC is a legendary text and children's classic story, written by Slovenian writer Anton Ingolič in 1958. He was one of the first post-war authors, who, inspired by the real life of young people in that period of time, addressed their topical issues through depicting their unusual adventures. Thus many generations of children used to grow up along with the very popular and famous Society of Pingoclavulus - or shortened PGC. This modern re-interpretation of the Secret Society PGC was staged in our theatre for the first time.
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Somewhere Else, photo: Jaka Varmuž
Tunnel LGL
Length 45 min
Zala Dobovšek, Nina Šorak, Tin Grabnar, Asja Kahrimanović Babnik
Director: Tin Grabnar
Animated chalkboard tale
The performance tells us about a little girl, who finds herself caught in the middle of the war. It is through her eyes that we observe her changing city, filled with horrors, violence and fear. But, hope too. Threatening planes are flying over the city, the streets are empty and there is no food left on the shelves in the store. The school is closed. And every now and then gunshots are heard nearby. Her environment gradually changes …And becomes intolerable. The little girl’s only wish is to go to another country, where it would be much nicer. She wants to go somewhere else, somewhere far away from the war atrocities. »I woke up this morning, washed my teeth as usually, ate my breakfast and went to school. Everything was pretty much as usual. And only yesterday I played with my friends in the backyard as well. Everything is different now. I am not allowed to go to the backyard any more. It is too dangerous. And when the thunder is heard, I must run to the basement with my mother. I don’t see my friends any more either. And the school is over. They just closed it.«
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Spotty the Ball, foto Ada Hamza
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Jan Malík
A Puppetheque Performance
In 1936, Czech puppeteer Jan Malík created one of the most frequently performed puppet plays in the world. In 1951, the performance and its now cult marionettes were first presented to the audience in the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, under the direction of Jože Pengov, which changed the hitherto puppet art in terms of its content, as well as dramaturgical and technical approach. With her visual design Ajša Pengov set up a new criterion as in the marionettes proportions as well as in their characterisation. The then newest technical acquisition – the conveyor belt – introduced the so called “dramaturgy of travelling”.
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Stardust
Neil Gaiman
Stardust  5+
Directed and Choreographed by: Mala Kline
A Multimedia Science Fiction Labyrinth
Tristan Thorn is half human and half elf, but he doesn't know it. In order to win the most beautiful girl in the Wall, he goes to the fairy country to find a shooting star. The road to the fallen star is a long and dangerous one. During his miraculous and exciting adventure, full of trials and spells, he encounters many unusual creatures: dead princes, flying pirates, a unicorn and, of course, the fallen star. It turns out that the star is alive and beautiful, that it has long blond hear and that she is extremely vicious. And as if this little unpleasant issue wasn't enough, Tristan is not the only one looking for the star. He fulfils the promise he made to his beloved girlfriend, but after his return to the Wall, his fate takes different path …
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Ščeper and Mba
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 35 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Maribor Puppet Theatre
Directed and Visually Designed by: Eka Vogelnik
Puppet Performance
The staging, based on the fairy tale by Svetlana Makarovič, published with the illustrations by Gorazd Vahen by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House in 1997, focuses on a small creature that loves his lonely life and above all his long sleep. His name perfectly corresponds to his nature – since he prefers to be left alone, his encounter with a greedy fox, a wounded pigeon, chatty mice and a blackbird that disturb his peace, puffs his feathers up again and again, which does not help him much. Therefore he is constantly forced to put his dreamy bag on his back and move somewhere else. Until he meets Mbo, who enjoys her solitude as well, and these two unusual creatures, without demanding or expecting anything from each other, not only get used to, but even fond of each other's quiet closeness. The show establishes Ščeper's quest for his own hidden nook through the author's recognisable aesthetics and a combination of various puppets: marionettes, table hand puppets, bunraku and stick puppets. In doing so, it also clearly raises the question of the balance between solitude and living with others, silence and music or all the hustle and bustle of the world.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Grand Stage LGL
Length 65 min
Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens
Drama SNT Maribor
Directed by: Mateja Kokol
Detective Story that Leaves no Room for Lies
The bestseller by Mark Haddon is an open title novel, awarded several times for both teenage and adult fiction, and published in Slovenia by the Mladinska knjiga Publishing House in 2004. According to its director, the performance, based on the dramatization by English playwright Simon Stephens, depicts »a sensible world of a boy, confused by the flood of information and unclearness of human metaphorical communication«. The main hero is a fifteen-year old Christopher. One evening he discovers a murdered dog in his neighbour's yard and decides to find out who the murder is. They say that he has Asperger's syndrome, but he says that he likes dogs and that he loves mathematics and logics most of all, and that he also knows all the countries of the world and their capitals. He hates to be touched, does not understand jokes and metaphors, and despises lies. He lives with his father who told him that his mother died. During his investigation, some completely unknown worlds open up in front of him as he unexpectedly finds out about some domestic lies that fundamentally shake his already shaky world and thus make him take his first major independent decision – to run away from home.
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The Four Musicians
Grand Stage LGL
Length 50 min
Matija Solce
Director: Matija Solce
Puppet performance
This well known folk tale of the musicians of Bremen gave Matija Solce, an established puppet artist, foundation for a vivacious and friendly performance, which combines puppets and music. As they do in the fairy-tale, the four animals make a journey, and they surprise the town folk with their music.
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The Gruffalo, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Grand Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Julia Donaldson - Milan Dekleva
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Puppet performance
The Mouse heads for the woods to find a hazelnut. There the predators lie in wait for him. But he knows exactly what to do. To turn them away, he makes up a story about a Gruffalo. Apparently the Gruffalo adores foxes, owl ice cream with juice and roasted snakes. And yes, his Gruffalo is so dreadful that the Mouse becomes the most important animal in the forest. But if he really wants to get his breakfast, he has to deal with the Gruffalo as well. He suddenly finds the Mouse yummy himself. No way, that won’t be so easy, pal! The Gruffalo was in fact a very special creature, invented by the Mouse to frighten the other animals. And now he suddenly appears in flesh! Will the Mouse be resourceful enough to beat him as well?
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The Gruffalo's Child, foto: Miha Fras
Grand Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Puppet performance
The Gruffalo’s Child is a sequel of The Gruffalo, which was premiered with great success at the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana / Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in April 2013. Both picture books were written by the English playwright Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo (1999) is a genuine international publishing phenomenon as it was translated into 50 languages and sold out in more than 4 million copies all over the world. Its sequel, The Gruffalo's Child, published back in 2004, is no less famous or known than its predecessor.
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The Little Beasts of Rezija, foto Jaka Varmuž
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Milko Matičetov
Director: Maruša Kink
A Puppet Performance
The Little Beasts of Rezija and their instructive fables have been a part of childhood of many generations of young readers for over 40 years. The collection of fables, entitled as The Little Beasts of Rezija, based on the material, collected and explored by Dr. Milko Matičetov in the area of Rezija, was published in 1973. It was followed by its 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 stage of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre for the first time.
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The Seamstress of The Mist
Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo
Director: Tamara Kučinović
A Puppet Performance
Interwoven in every man is a special ability to hide his hardships and sorrow. This creates emptiness. It emerges in different situations and different ways. Mostly because of the loss of someone or something. Sometimes even the loss of oneself. In the emptiness we keep our losses, pain, and unwanted self. That is why we tend to conceal it. From ourselves and from the others. We believe that this is the only thing that can save us. Still, it is not quite so simple.
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The Smartest Giant in Town
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler
Director: Jaka Ivanc
A Puppet Performance
To take off on the stage of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre after The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child that overcame their fear in the forest full of predators and various adventures of the anything but evil Witch in the Room on the Broom, is the new hit by the internationally renowned Scottish writer Julia Donaldson, The Smartest Giant in Town. Directed by Jaka Ivanc to the music by Davor Herceg, it playfully depicts the benefits of mutual help and unselfishness.
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The Visitor
Antje Damm
Director: Ivana Djilas
A Marionette Performance
We can be afraid of spiders, darkness, height … Elsa is afraid of everything. She is even afraid of trees and people. That is why she stays home all the time. Fear has completely greyed her life. It is also accompanied by loneliness. One day a paper plane flies through her window. A neighbour's boy comes to take it. When Elsa opens the door for him, she also lets in the child's immediacy, curiosity and playfulness. The little curious boy helps her to step out from her safe haven and puts some colour in her life.
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The Whale on the Beach, foto Jaka Varmuž
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 80 min
Vinko Möderndorfer
A Theatre Performance
The main heroine Nika is a slightly unusual primary school pupil. Having moved to a new place with her family, she is now attending a new school. The girl is getting acquainted with her new classmates, new teachers and new problems. She is trying to make some new contacts and find some new friends. Observing a myriad of rogueries, performed by the playful primary school pupils, we will not only be able to get to know them in particular, but their teachers and parents as well. Unveiling gradually in front of our very eyes, will be the secrets, kept by every human being in this world. Even by Nika. For she has a great secret … That turns out not to be so great at the end after all.
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The Wizard of Colours
Grand Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Arnold Lobel
Maribor Puppet Theatre, Puppet Organisation LOFT Zagreb
Directed by: Morana Dolenc
Puppet Performance
The Wizard of Colours is a story of a grey town and a time called the Great Greyness. The inhabitants of the small town are imbued with grey, their houses are grey, and their clothes and feelings are grey as well. There also lives a Wizard, who is eager to paint the world with some colours. He thus creates a blue colour and turns the world into the Great Blueness, then he paints it with yellow and later on dips it in red, but every colour takes power over the town’s atmosphere, displaying its undesired influence over the people. The short story is revealed in this staging through a series of variations of identical or similar situations that emphasise the changes based on individual colours. In its visual design it creates a contrast between the two-dimensional puppets of the town's inhabitants and the Wizard, whose mixing of potions and magic is presented by an actor; the shows final denouement offers a clear conclusion that the most beautiful world is the one, in which each colour finds its own place.
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Tomorrow's Party, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Toon Tellegen
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Puppet performance
»Dear animals, tomorrow we'll have a party. Everybody's invited.« This is the kind of invitation that animals send to each other, when they feel like having fun. Then they gather, put together everything they need for a party and cheerfully reveal that they actually care about one another. This is a story about five animals – a Squirrel, an Elephant, a Hedgehog and an Ant –, living together in the wood. They are good friends, always ready to help each other, even when somebody needs to eat a cake, write a book, swim on a cloud or throw a party. And what happens in the winter? When the cold winds are blowing, when it is snowing and when they are running out of food? Do they also feel like having fun?
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Tuntu
Grand Stage LGL
Length 50 min
Päivi Aura
Tuntu  1+
Dance Theatre Auraco, Finland
Concept: Päivi Aura
Dance Performance, festival Zlata paličica
How do you hear a dance, how do you feel a dance? Steps and rhythms, the flow of air, touch, breathing, the rustling of clothes and hissing of the floor – all the things involved in experiencing a space through the body without the dominance of visual perception!
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Turlututu, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Kulturnica LGL
Length 35 min
Hervé Tullet
Turlututu  2+
Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana and Centre de Créations pour l'Enfance Tinqueux (FR)
Director: Matija Solce
Puppet performance
Turlututu! Where are you? Are you here? Here are you! It is you! You are Turlututu! Turlututu is nowhere to be found. He fell from the book and disappeared. But, how is he to be found, when he can be smaller than a flea or higher than a church tower? How is he to be looked for, if it takes him only an instant to change his colour, fly away to space or simply vanish by just uttering the right magic words? How? Quite easy, actually. Let's all be Turlututu! And, let's catch him!
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Virginia Wolf, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Grand Stage LGL
Length 50 min
Kyo Maclear
Director: Fabrizio Montecchi
Shadow performance
The staging of Virginija Volk (Virginia Wolf) will be based on the motifs from the picture book by Kyo Maclean and Isabelle Arsenault. Vanessa has a sister Virginia, who feels wolfish and behaves that way too. She constantly howls, snarls and yelps, she is moody, she doesn't feel like hanging out with anybody, everything annoys her and nothing in this world can comfort her. But Vanessa decides to put her in a good mood. She tries just about everything, but it's not that easy. Finally, Virginia tells her that she would be happy if she could fly away. Somewhere, where there are muffins, beautiful flowers and trees, and where there is absolutely no grief. To the Flower Park! Without hesitation, Vanessa looks up for a box of crayons and the walls in the room soon become colourful and picturesque Virginia's room turns into a Flower Valley - a blooming garden, full of colours and freshness. Suddenly, everything begins to fly, and becomes bright and cheerful, including Virginia herself.
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Who Made Videk's Shirt
Grand Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Fran Levstik – Eka Vogelnik
Director: Eka Vogelnik
Puppet performance
The story was written by Fran Levstik, and we know it just as well as his story about Martin Krpan. They are both quite old. But in the words of Hans Christian Andersen: Stories are like many people – they grow better with age.
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