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The VisitorPuppet performance, length 40 min

  3+
The Visitor, photo Jaka Varmuž
Elsa is an elderly woman, whose fear and loneliness keeps her at home behind closed doors all the time. Her life has become devoid of colour. One day, a paper plane flies through her window. The boy next door comes to get it back. Elsa opens the door and the boy brings into her life the curiosity and playfulness typical of children. He will help Elsa open her safe cocoon and colour her life.
The Visitor is a touching and subtle story about friendship, loneliness, fears, and monotony, written by the German author and illustrator Antja Damm. The story was translated by Tina Mahkota and published by Zala publishing house in 2015. In the same year, the story received the German award for youth literature, the Leipzig Reading Compass; in 2016 it was awarded the Slovenian Golden Pear Label and last year it received the New York Time’s Best Illustrated Children's Books award.

The artistic design of the book features inspiring dynamic illustrations which are in fact tiny three-dimensional scenographies or models, created by the author with the use of glue, colours, and collage. The director Ivana Djilas and other co-creators used the stop-motion technique to further elevate the images from the book and create a theatre magic that almost needs no words.

Ivana Dijlas is a director in numerous professional theatres and theatre companies. In the last three years, she has been focusing on youth and childrens’ performances. She is interested in creating performances that appeal to young audiences and that address important life issues. In previous seasons, she directed three performances at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre: Goose the Bear, Scritch Scratch Dip Clapote!, and Jack and Jim.

Premiere: 22 October 2021, Small Stage of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Author: Inspired by Antje Damm's children book
Director: Ivana Djilas
Art design and scenographer: Sara Slivnik
Cast: Brane Vižintin, Jelena Ždrale a. g.
Video: Vesna Krebs
Costumography: Jelena Proković
Music: Jelena Ždrale
Light design: Igor Remeta
Stage Manager and Sound Designer: Aleš Erjavec
Puppets, Set and Costumes Production: ztok Bobić, Zala Kalan, Polona Černe, Sandra Birjukov, Marjetka Valjavec, David Klemenčič, Olga Milič, Uroš Mehle s.p., Zoran Srdić, Katarina Planinc
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