The Seamstress of The MistDramatic performance, length 45 min

The Seamstress of The Mist, photo Jaka Varmuž
Every person has an innate ability to conceal their hardship and sorrow. This is how emptiness is born. Emptiness is formed in various situations and in different ways. Most often, it is due to the loss of someone or something. Sometimes even ourselves. In that emptiness we keep our losses, pain, and our unwanted self. That is why we like to hide. From ourselves and others. We believe that this is the only thing that will save us. But it’s not that simple. Rose’s homeland is shrouded in fog which covers everything that its inhabitants don’t want to see. Rose hides her emptiness by hiding the emptiness of others. Rose is a seamstress of the mist. Every morning she catches mist in her large butterfly net, persistently spinning and weaving fabrics, and covering everything her fellow citizens don’t want to see. Soon enough, however, Rose’s homeland is covered in thick fog that can’t be captured.
The performance was inspired by the picture book originally entitled La fileuse de brume, conceived by the famous French writer Agnès de Lestrade and illustrator Valeria Docampo. With its gentle sensibility and symbolism, the book uncovers the basic human need to reveal our emptiness. Only when we bravely dive into the book and illuminate it with a splinter of light, do we become aware of the emptiness of others and realise that we are not alone. This is why we shouldn’t hide our emptiness, instead we should embrace it with a blanket, woven from the sun.

Actress and stage director Tamara Kučinović graduated in acting and puppet animation from the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek, Croatia. She also completed her studies in puppet directing in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work is characterised by various artistic expressions in the field of directing, text writing, puppet design, stage adaptation, etc. The award-winning artist is also an assistant professor at the Department of Acting and Puppetry of the Academy of Arts and Culture in Osijek. This will be her first time directing at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.
Authors: Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo
Director, Dramatization, Lighting Design: Tamara Kučinović
Translation of Dramatizaton, Language Consultant: Metka Damjan
Dramaturgy and Assistant of Director: Nikša Eldan
Visual Design: Alena Pavlović
Music: Ivana Đula, Luka Vrbanić
Cast: Martina Maurič Lazar, Polonca Kores, Asja Kahrimanović Babnik, Zala Ana Štiglic, Iztok Lužar
Stage manager and Sound designer: Aleš Erjavec
Lights: Srečo Brezovar
Set Technicians: Stanko Božanić, Jure Popović, Sašo Kitić, Uroš Istenič
Producer: Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Set and Costumes Production: Zoran Srdić, Iztok Bobić, Sandra Birjukov, Marjeta Valjavec, Alenka Pavlović, Olga Milić, Zlatko Djogić