Premieres 2018/19

At the Still Point of the Turning World, Illustration by Lea Zupančič

At the Still Point of the Turning World

A MARIONETTE PERFORMANCE
Directed by Renaud Herbin
Co-production: LGL, TJP Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg and TNG – Centre Dramatique National de Lyon (France)
SEPTEMBER 2018, as part of the LUTKE Festival 2018 STARA MESTNA ELEKTRARNA/THE OLD POWER STATION
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At the Still Point of the Turning World is a second part of the diptych, signed by French stage director Renaud Herbin and presented in a Slovenian-French co-production with the TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace from Strasbourg. Its first part, Open the Owl, places the heritage of Klemenčič's miniature marionettes within the context of contemporary performance practices. The new staging, additionally exposing the expressiveness of the throng of marionettes, explores the feeling of spaciousness, offered by a vast theatre stage.
The Whale on the Beach, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Vinko Möderndorfer

The Whale on the Beach

A THEATRE PERFORMANCE, 9+
Directed by Vinko Möderndorfer
SEPTEMBER 2018, ŠENTJAKOBSKI ODER LGL/ST. JACOB'S STAGE LGL

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.
Martin Krpan, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Fran Levstik

Martin Krpan

A WILD PUPPET ADVENTURE, 5+
Directed by Tin Grabnar
Visual Design by Špela Trobec
OCTOBER 2018, VELIK ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL, As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre

Levstik's tale about the unbending, simple and brave hero Martin Krpan has always attracted the puppeteers from Ljubljana. After the Second World War the City Puppet Theatre was opened with marionettes made and directed by Ajša and Jože Pengov. Later on the new venues on the Krekov Square, where the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre remained situated until today, were inaugurated with a new staging, featuring the caricatured foamy marionettes, designed by painter an illustrator Matjaž Schmidt and directed by Miran Herzog.
Spotty the Ball, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Jan Malík

Spotty the Ball

A PUPPETHEQUE PERFORMANCE, 4+
Directed by Jože Pengov
Restaging by Brane Vižintin
NOVEMBER 2018, VELIK ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL, As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre

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”.
The Little Prince, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

A PUPPET POEM, 5+
Directed by Yulia Roschina
Visual Design by Vasilija Fišer
NOVEMBER 2018, ODER POD ZVEZDAMI LGL/STAGE UNDER THE STARS LGL

The text, written by the adventurer, pilot and star observer Antoin de Saint-Exupéry, or rather a story about a little boy who realised that »what is essential, is invisible to the eye” was first staged in the Puppet Theatre by Edi Majaron in 1979. The performance marked an important milestone in the development of Slovenian puppet art, boasting a minimalist set design and puppets of abstract form, created by sculptor Peter Černe. In its new, modern reinterpretation by director Yulia Roschina the performance will obtain a form of a fairy tale musical, inspired by the black and white imaginary pictures by painter and illustrator Alenka Sottler. Combining traditional and modern, bright and dark, abstract and realistic the young artist creates outstanding visuals, luring the viewer into the expanse of freedom and imagination. She weaves her landscapes with bundles of lines, letters, stamps and small sophisticated strokes, acting as fairy tale threads that help both children and adults to develop their visual sensibility.
The Little Beasts of Rezija, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Milko Matičetov

The Little Beasts of Rezija

A PUPPET PERFORMANCE, 3+
Directed by Maruša Kink
Visual Design by Tina Dobrajc
FEBRUARY 2019, VELIK ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL

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.
Goodbye, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Ulf Nilsson

Goodbye

A MEMORY THEATRALIZATION, 3+
Directed and Visually Designed by Jasna Vastl
FEBRUARY 2019, MALI ODER LGL/SMALL STAGE LGL

Once upon a time Mr. M was young, strong and respected. He could wear Cucumber on his back. Now he is tired and his hair turned grey; he sits in front of his house all days long, stares into the distance and reminisces about the past. About his kind and wise wife, his small house with a mailbox and four hairy children. He thinks about life and death …
The Rite of Spring, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Igor Stravinski

The Rite of Spring

A PUPPET RITE, 14+
Directed by Matjaž Farič
Visual Design by Barbara Stupica
MARCH 2019, VELIK ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL

The Rite of Spring belongs among the most frequently performed dance pieces. The work is a myth in itself, which it became immediately after its world premiere in Theatre Champs-Élysées in 1913. Even though it blended into the Western perception about the wild and pagan barbarians from the East, it managed to move the boundaries of thinking (as far as both its music and choreography are concerned) beyond mere decorativeness.  The stormy reactions that followed its premiere failed to override a significant breakaway from the ruling ballet convention – both in terms of what was believed at that time »of the ball« movement and the use of the orchestra, which in some parts acts like a single rhythm section.  The music by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky is so dramatically dynamic and determined that it provokes a feeling of the pagan ritual and violence of nature – the human nature, in particular.
Jack and Jim, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Kitty Crowther

Jack and Jim

A PUPPET PERFORMANCE, 3+
Directed by Ivana Djilas
Visual Design by Kirsty Elson
APRIL 2019, MALI ODER LGL/SMALL STAGE LGL

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?
The Right to be a Human, Illustration by Lea Zupančič

The Right to be a Human

A THEATRE LABORATORY
Directed by Mare Bulc
APRIL 2019, ŠENTJAKOBSKI ODER LGL/ST. JACOB'S STAGE LGL

On 10th December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, outlining basic rights of any human being regardless of race, religion, economic status or any other variable, defining the human being with regard to the context, into which he or she is born and/or in which he or she lives. The declaration presents one of the foundations of the society after the Second World War, written with an intention to prevent the horrors that caused the havoc in the world in the first half of the 20th century happening ever again. 70 years later, the time has come to see in what way the Declaration is integrated in the modern society and how well young people know it and understand it.
PEEKABOO, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Lucie Félix

PEEKABOO

AN EXPERIENTIAL PERFORMANCE, 18 months +
Directed by Mateja Bizjak Petit
Visual Design by Lucie Félix
Co-production: Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Collectif Ma-Théâ (Centre de Création pour l'Enfance) and Festival Mondial de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (France)
MAY 2019, ŠENTJAKOBSKI ODER LGL/ST. JACOB'S STAGE LGL

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?
Stardust, Illustration by Lea Zupančič
Neil Gaiman

Stardust

A MULTIMEDIA SCIENCE FICTION LABYRINTH, 5+
Directed and Choreographed by Mala Kline
Visual Design by Petra Veber
MAY 2019, ODER POD ZVEZDAMI LGL/STAGE UNDER THE STARS LGL

Tristran Thorn is half human and half fairy, although he does not know it. In order to win the affection of the most beautiful girl in Wall, he sets out on a journey to Faerie in search for Stardust. Yet the road to the fallen star turns out to be long and dangerous.  Amidst his miraculous and exciting adventure, filled with a myriad of trials and spells, he meets many unusual creatures, dead princes, flying pirates, a unicorn and of course the fallen star. He soon finds out that she is alive and beautiful, that she has long blonde hair and that she is extremely annoying. And as if all that is not enough, Tristran ends up not to be the only person who is looking for the Star. Although he fulfils the promise he gave to his beloved, Tristan’s fate chooses other paths upon his return to Wall …
The Weakness of Power, Illustration by Lea Zupančič

The Weakness of Power

A PUPPET MINIATURE, for adults
Directed by Jiři Zeman and Martina Maurič Lazar
Visual Design by Gregor Lorenci
JUNE 2019, A FAMILY LIVING ROOM

The Weakness of Power sets out the theme of reigning. The decency of power. The establishment of values. Open manipulation. The transparent decision-making. Hidden considerations. The public image. Public smiles. Public disappointments. The purpose of decision-making. Doubts. Persistence. Trust. Mistrust. Listening. Answers. Silence. It is an original project, tackling intimate power. The pain of decision-making. The clarity of thought.  The errors of intuition. Satisfaction over the victory. The public love. The hidden man. The confusion of thought. The need for solitude. The quest for the essence. The relativity of distance and closeness. Deeper insights. Approaches. Confidence. Listening. Whispering. Silence.