Sunflower on the Moon

Sunflower on the Moon, photo Mankica Kranjec
The performance Sunflower on the Moon presents on stage sixteen songs for children from the newly rewritten anthology Sunflower on the Shoulder, published by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House in 2017. The anthology tackles poetry irrationaly – instead of contemplating about it, it rather listens to it, observes it and touches it. It takes us to the world of synaesthesias, where every new letter opens a new universe of meanings. The songs, used in the performance, are written by such prominent Slovenian authors as Milan Dekleva, Borut Gombač, Niko Grafenauer, Barbara Gregorič Gorenc, Miklavž Komelj, Miroslav Košuta, Feri Lainšček, Svetlane Makarovič, Vinko Möderndorfer, Boris A. Novak, Nebojša Pop-Tasić, Lila Prap, Andrej Rozman - Roza, Jože Snoj, Peter Svetina, Bina Štampe Žmavc and Saša Vegri.
»I can maintain without hesitation that language is the most perfect medium, as it is able to create an image of the universe with just a few scribles, » explains in the theatre programme dramaturg and poet Nebojša Pop-Tasić. »Letters are the beginning of magic. A letter itself looks like an ordinary scrible, like nothing, until we define its meaning or voice. When a letter becomes audible, it develops into much more - turning from a mere scrible into a sign, a note, a musical space, it gradually conceives pictures with its sonority. Thus, one letter sets up sonic (and mental) space ...«

In recent years the director of the performance Mare Bulc established himself as one of the most interesting theatrical directors for children and young people. Collaborating with his permanent team of artists (also including - beside the already mentioned dramaturge Nebojša Pop-Tasić - Damir Avdić, Sanja Grcić, Damir Leventić and Sebastjan Starič) he tackles his performances through experimental requestioning of mainstream threatre forms and genres for young audiences, always approaching them, however, with clear thoughts and standpoints. Last year Mare Bulc received the Award for Best Direction, granted by the 9th Biennial of Puppetry Artists of Slovenia for his performance What if …?, staged by the Maribor Puppet Theatre.

Marko Bulc
-Mare is a theatre director who also works as an actor, playwright, dramatiser and intermedia artist. In recent years, he has intensively worked on performances for children and young people, which he wants to approach experimentally and by questioning and changing the conventional means of expression.

Premiere: 8th February 2018 at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (as a part of the 9th Ljubljana Festival of Culture and Art Education - Bobri)
Director: Marko Bulc - Mare
Author: Staged poetry from the anthology Sunflower on the Shoulder
Art: Nebojša Pop-Tasić
Cast: Voranc Boh, Jan Bučar, Ana Hribar, Nina Ivanič, Rok Kunaver, Jernej Kuntner, Alenka Tetičkovič, Zala Ana Štiglic
Set design: Damir Leventić
Costume design: Sanja Grcić
Music: Damir Avdić
Choreography: Sebastjan Starič
Lighting design: Andrej Hajdinjak
Language coaching: Irena Androjna Mencinger
Assistant costume designer: Matic Hrovat
Producer: Ana Rokvić Pinterič
Stage manager and sound designer: Aca Ilić
Lights: Srečo Brezovar
Set technician: Klemen Sašek
Sets, props and costumes manufactured by: Zoran Srdić, Iztok Bobić, Polona Černe, Zala Kalan, Sandra Birjukov, Marjetka Valjavec, Olga Milić, Mojca Rodman, Mateja Šušteršič, Špela Ulaga, Denis Katzmann, Tereza Ondrůšková, Matic Hrovat
Make-up artist and dresser: Nina Jordanovski, Daša Jordanovski
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