Repertory

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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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A Storm in the Head
LGL Theatre Incubator
Mentor and director: Primož Ekart
Theatre adventure
A Storm in the Head is a daring theatre adventure in which young artists, together with the director and actor Primož Ekart and other creative collaborators, will learn about the latest discoveries concerning the workings of a teenage brain. In this period of one’s life, as many as 86,000 billion neurons trigger various daily changes, and at the same time enable a youthful explosion of creativity, audacity, excitement and courage. Together with the dramaturge and storyteller Ana Duša and the master of movement theatre Sebastjan Starič, young people will train their body and voice, learn various theatre techniques and improvisations and through different phases of creation get to know the entire theatre process, which they will complete with a performance created in professional working conditions. A Storm in the Head will open in April 2018 on the Stage under the Stars, at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.
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Animal Farm
Grand Stage LGL
Length 80 min
George Orwell, Andrej Rozman Roza
Director: Vito Taufer
Puppet performance
Is a positive utopia possible at all? What is it that we are to offer to our youth as an alternative, if just any system can degenerate into its own version of totalitarianism? Should we offer them a ready made system or is it better to impart values to them and just keep warning them of the possible mistakes?
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Aquarium, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Kulturnica LGL
Length 40 min
Miha Golob
Aquarium  3+
Director: Miha Golob
Aquatic adventure
The performance’s main element will be a bath tub. A transparent one. It will remind us of an aquarium. An aquarium as a children's playground for somewhat older children. An aquarium as a space for a theatre performance. An aquarium as a television. And, a bath tub is actually one of child's first playgrounds. A playground as a space for playing, learning and creating. And a space of child's first theatre experiences. A bath tub is like a sandpit, only that there's water in it instead of the sand. An empty bath tub is like an empty sheet of paper, waiting for us to fill it with water and step into it. A bath tub could be like a Pandora's Box, only that it contains no anger or hatred – just water. Water as a source of life, or a source of knowledge about life, or a spell of life, or a philosophy of life. Like the water cycle. A journey from winter to summer. An universal story about relationships, balance and cooperation.
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Bert
Grand Stage LGL
Katja Povše
Bert  4+
Director: Katja Povše
Puppet performance
Bert the Pilot piloted a kite that he had made himself. He loved Elvira and intended to marry her. But because he devoted more time to flying than Elvira, she decided to leave and make a new life for herself. She set out for America. Bert then got into his kite and flew after her. He came across a storm and his kite crashed in the middle of a desert. Now, Bert lives alone, in the middle of the desert. He made a home out of the shattered kite. Overwhelmed by an irrational fear of flying, he can no longer fly. It is only from below that he now observes the world he loved most. He soon meets his neighbours and when they find out that he is/was a pilot, they ask him to help them fly. They all have their own reason for wanting to soar into the sky. From the remains of his paper kite, Bert makes flying objects that lift them up and fulfil their wishes. With each new flight of his neighbour, his fear of flying is reduced. Gradually, he decides to fly again.
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Big-Eyes the Little Owl
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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Cinderella, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 60 min
Simona Semenič
Director: Ivana Djilas
Dramatic performance
The world is teeming with different versions of the famous fairy-tale about the beautiful, modest and kind maiden, who suffers injustice, but is eventually paid back by the everlasting love of her Prince Charming. One of the first was written down by Charles Perrault, which was soon followed by the rendition, noted down by the Brothers Grimm. Both of them feature the evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, the dance with the Prince and the lost glass slipper, only in the first version Cinderella is bestowed upon with the ball gown by the Fairy Godmother and in the second by the tree, which she had planted on her mother's grave.
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Doctor Faustus
Grajsko gledališče
Length 60 min
Milan Klemenčič, based on 18th Century motifs
Director: Jelena Sitar
Puppetheque performance
The tale of a scholar who sold his soul to the devil has been inspiring European art for centuries. Today, the most famous reworking of the motif is considered to be the German legend based on Dr Johannes Faust, a historical figure from the early 16th century, whose life grew into a folk legend through German oral tradition, becoming the subject of countless retellings and interpretations. Milan Klemenčič adapted the Leipzig version of the puppet play and staged it in 1938 in his own Miniature Puppets Theatre. Get into the spirit of the great master and enjoy a puppetry masterpiece, which was revived by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre in 1982.
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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
Dramatic performance
A DETECTIVE STORY FOR CHILDREN. 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
PREMIERE: 14th AND 15th MAY 2014, SMALL STAGE LGL
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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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Marble shoes, Foto Ajda Schmidt
Stage Under the Stars
Length 50 min
AGRFT
Director: Anja Mejač
Contemporary flamenco performance
Marble shoes is a contemporary flamenco performance that combines various theatre languages to form empty spaces for the dance of the soundscapes. To get to the dance, we fall through the cracks of our own psyche only to be captured by the water that prevails. The state of powerlessness makes communication difficult and altered movement through the liquid can be frightening.
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In the back of Time
Tunnel LGL
Length 35 min
Meta Grgurevič, Urša Vidic
Multimedia show
This multi-media spatial installation of moving images, structures, music, light and performance, entitled as In the Back of Time, was conceived based on the motifs from the novel To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, in a close collaboration between a range of renowned artists from various fields of contemporary art. Quite unusually, we will enter instead of a regular auditorium, a tunnel, or the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana backstage, extending as far as the castle hill. We will be led through this spatial installation by music, words and sounds that will capture the story's atmosphere and thus shed light on its process of creation, intimate relations within a family and the dimension of time. in Slovene and English
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Japanese Fairy Tales, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Stage Under the Stars
Length 60 min
Socìetas / Chiara Guidi
Director: Chiara Guidi
Musical fairy tale
The Italian stage director Chiara Guidi will conceive her Japanese Fairy Tales as a unique – »site specific« – event and thus relieve the theatre of its stage conventions. We will walk into a lively forest to experience a sensitive intertwinement of gleams of light, music, sounds and mysterious voices. Japanese Fairy Tales will play with our perception, ability to connect sound with picture or grasp momentary scenes and thus also encourage us to co-create invisible situations. Consequently, we will often find ourselves wondering whether or not it is all just a figment of our imagination.
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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
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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Little Queens, foto Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 75 min
Eva Mahkovic
Director: Jaša Koceli
Dramatic performance
Cecilia is promiscuous, liberal and pregnant. Eli is ugly; she has bad skin, bad hair, bad body, quite bad clothes and bad marks. Regina is a queen, the most beautiful, the most successful and the most clever among the three of them; she has long hair, her mummy bought her a pair of Prada trousers in the Barberino Outlet, and when she passes her international A levels, she will enrol in the International Business School in Maastricht. Cecilia has a sister, Tara, and Regina has a sister, Alma, who are both around thirty years old; they represent their adulthood, the possible future, in short, the reality. Tara has children. Alma likes to think that she has a career. They used to belong to the now broken up girl gang One More Time.
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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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Little Sleepy Star
Small Stage LGL
Length 60 min
Frane Milčinski Ježek
Director: (Jože Pengov), Matjaž Loboda
Puppetheque performance
Sleepy Star is a radio play, a picture book, a film and a puppet show. In Slovenia, this is one of those stories one cannot grow up without.
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Lučka the Dandelion
Gregor Strniša
Director: Maruša Kink
A journey for a blowball and a reflection
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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Machinarium, foto Urška Boljkovac
Stage Under the Stars
Following motifs after Chezch computer game Machinarium by Studio Amanita
Director: Zoran Petrovič
Mechanical-electrical performance
The main inspiration for the performance comes from the homonymous Czech computer game – Machinarium. It is one of the most selling and winning games, created in the Amanita Design Studio. Little Robot wakes up lying on a dump outside the Robot City. He doesn't remember what happened to him and how he came there. While walking back to the city, his memory suddenly returns: there was a putsch and the power in the city was taken over by a gang of malicious robots. During the coup d’etat he lost his consciousness and was therefore thrown away as refuse. Little Robot decides to save the city, its inhabitants and above all his girlfriend. If a little, plain robot, lacking any special properties, characteristic for today's heroes, is capable of saving his people from the evil gang, than everybody can become a hero. Although he is tiny, physically weak and of average appearance, nothing of that really matters – what really counts is his courage.
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Mission X, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 45 min
Jiří Havelka, Marek Zákostelecký, Tomsa Legierski
Mission X  6+
Director: Jiří Havelka
Puppet science fiction
Mission X takes its viewers to space. The astronaut finds himself on an unknown planet with an unknown mission. His spacecraft, which provides him with oxygen, leaves the planet without him, and soon his mission becomes a fight for survival. Finally plants sprout out on the barren planet – from the seeds that have grown out of his chest. This puppet performance, conceived in the table puppets technique, uses no words, but rather addresses its viewers with powerful images, metaphors and music.
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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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Monkeys
Amit Drori
Monkeys  18+
LGL, Hazira – Performance Art Arena, Jerusalem (Israel), TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg and Theatre Garonne, scène européenne, Toulouse (France)
Direction and visual design: Amit Drori
Robotic rituals
Monkeys, performed by people and machines, will be a journey into the reality of a group of exotic robotic monkeys. These beings, designed to the last detail, live in a mechanical universe erasing the distinctions between human beings and machines, between the “living” and the “dead”. As if not being aware of the outside world, the monkeys live in their perfect, artificial microcosm. In this complicated common world, various species of monkeys make love, give birth and die. They worship their god and play. They are cruel to each other, but also caring. Robotic monkeys were made to arouse in us a feeling of a deep identification, on the one hand, and trigger a reflection on how they differ from human beings and their “thoughts”, on the other. This wandering between compassion and distance creates the stage reality of contradictions and emotional tension.
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Nellie Goodbye, foto: Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 90 min
Lutz Hübner
Director: Jaša Koceli
Dramatic performance
The performance Nellie Goodbye is a glimpse behind the curtain, revealing a creative collective, which invites the audience to be present at its band's rehearsals. It is a story about a torn, obstinate and individualistic generation, which although desperately trying to create together, keeps stumbling either into its own barriers or the ones brought about by fate, into which it is stuck. A disease thwarts the youthful plans, forcing the members of the band to reconsider their decisions.
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OD
Tunnel LGL
Length 60 min
Tamara Matevc
OD  12+
Director: Marko Čeh
Dramatic performance
This is a story of drugs. This is a story of addictions. This is a story of life.
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Once We Got Lost, foto: Miha Fras
Stage Under the Stars
Length 70 min
Lotte Faarup
Director: Anja Suša
Dramatic performance
Once We Got Lost is an astonishing, poetical and touching story about growing up far too quickly, written by the Danish playwright and stage director Lotte Faarup. It is a story about two children, who try to save their parents’ marriage and eventually get lost in the chaos of the grownups’ quarrels. The drama features a divorce as seen through children’s eyes, discussing freely, frankly and vividly what is actually happening behind the doors of the children’s room, when a war between the separated parents in raging in front of them, when the family idyll is replaced by jealousy, hidden aggression, fury and despair. Suddenly faced with a world that turns upside down, the two children (brother and sister) deal with their losses and stormy feelings in their own way.
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Open the Owl
Stage Under the Stars
Franz Pocci, Célia Houdart - Based on Milan Klemenčič’s legacy
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace, Strasbourg
Director: Renaud Herbin
Intermedia interpretation of The Castle of Owls (1936)
Open the Owl will put on stage the miniature characters from The Castle of Owls, a performance created in 1936 by the Slovenian puppeteer Milan Klemenčič. Célia Houdart, a contemporary French writer, will build on Pocci’s story, which touches on the issues of transformation, ruses and deception, in the spirit of contemporary philosophical narrative. The staging will follow the idea of an illusion-making device. The spectators will be invited to enter an image workshop. From the frame of a small stage and its backdrops, their gaze will be transferred backstage, to which they usually have no access. The space will be unfolded, the spectator’s gaze transformed, perspectives will multiply in the rhythm of the journey of images and video projections. We will find ourselves on the other side of the stage décor.
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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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Pinocchio, foto: Miha Fras
Grand Stage LGL
Length 60 min
Carlo Collodi
Pinocchio  5+
Coproduction LGL and Umetniško društvo Konj
Director: Silvan Omerzu
Puppet performance
A FAMILY PUPPET PERFORMANCE. The famous story about the long-nosed wooden boy Pinocchio was written more than 130 years ago by Carlo Collodi. The story about the woodcarver named Geppetto and his wooden puppet, revived by a fairy, is one of the most translated books of all times. It was first published in several sequels by a children’s magazine as The Story of a Puppet (La Storia di un burattino). In 1883 it finally came out as a book, entitled as The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le avventure di Pinocchio). This rather cheerful and roguish character, whose restless spirit takes him from one adventure to another, is destined to experience a whole world of temptations, obligations, fame, luxury and entertainment before he develops his humaneness, which will earn him his transformation from a wooden puppet into a boy. No wonder the little wooden hero has captured the hearts of children from all over the world! It has also inspired hundreds of theatre and radio plays, comic books, toys, cartoons and films.
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Rabbit’s House
Anja Štefan
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Puppet performance
Rabbit’s House is a story about how every one of us can find themselves in a distress and without a roof over our heads and about how nice and important it is for us to help each other when that happens. In our story, a frog, a squirrel, a badger and a bear help a little rabbit who loses his home. With their goodwill, joy, decisiveness and kind-heartedness, they chase his dark thoughts away and together build a new house. During this, the fox hides in the bushes. She does not feel like helping because she is a fine lady, but she is still curious at first and then jealous. She, too, would like a new house. Why did they build it for the rabbit and not her? How could she get it? Perhaps through a ruse? The fox is clever and thinks of an incredibly unusual way. But luckily the ones around her are not stupid. She remains alone in her swindle and, in the end, there is nothing left for her to do, but shovel away the mud she made her bed with.
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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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Requiem for The Future, foto Nada Žgank
Stage Under the Stars
Length 60 min
Maja Smrekar
Hybrid performance
The project Requiem for The Future, conceived by an interdisciplinary artist Maja Smrekar, will be presented as an experiment/performance, in which the human body is substituted by animals and machines. The pivotal question tackled within it will be: What is a machine as artificial intelligence and how can we build a dialogue between the animal and artificial intelligence? The link between the technology and nature will be established through animation. It has been several years now since the author started exploring the work with dogs on an empirical level, using elements of modern technology. She is particularly interested in creating spatial choreography, mainly performed by dogs and robots (what she actually deals with are synergic transitions between anthropomorphic, technomorphic and zoomorphic – the associations, which are evoked by puppets as well).
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Revolting Rhymes, foto: Miha Fras
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 70 min
Roald Dahl
Director: Vinko Möderndorfer
Dramatic performance
The poetic text of the great writer for children and young people Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes, is actually deprived of any classical dramatic structure. In his funny verse, bravourously re-created by Milan Dekleva, he recapitulates once again some stories from the treasure trove of the most known fairy tales. Thus we learn once again, only in a somewhat different manner, what happened to the Little Red Riding Hood, what is the truth about the Snow White, who are the heroes from The Three Little Pigs and more, and more… These freshly retold fairy tales, known by heart by the children of all generations, are mostly such as they should be, but …
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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.In their new adventure we will embark again on a journey to the world of animals, only this time the place of the almost dreadful Gruffalo will be taken by anything but an evil Witch, and, consequently by a far more dangerous and hungry Dragon.
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Sapramouse
Stage Under the Stars
Length 40 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Director: Nace Simončič / Brane Vižintin
Puppetheque performance
A restaging of a puppetheque performance from 1986, dedicated to Sapramouse's 30th birthday. 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 will 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. We are therefore quite excited to announce a modern interpretation of the Secret Society PGC, which is going to see the light of the day for a very first time on our stage as well.
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Somewhere Else
Tunnel LGL
Length 45 min
Zala Dobovšek, Nina Šorak, Tin Grabnar, Asja Kahrimanović Babnik
Director: Tin Grabnar
Animated chalkboard tale
Somewhere Else is a performance with a topic that is usually not easy to speak about. It tells us about a little Girl, who finds herself in the heart of war. 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 has gradually changed. It became intolerable. The Girl dreams of leaving to the countryside, where she could have a better life. She wants to go somewhere else, far away from the horrors of war. »I woke up this morning, brushed my teeth, as usually, had my breakfast and went to school. Everything was as usual. And only yesterday I was playing in the yard with my friends. Everything is different now. I can't go to the yard any more. It is too dangerous. And when I hear the thunder, my mommy and I have to run to the basement. I even don't see my friends any more. And the school is over. They shut it down.«
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Speckles The Ball
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
Jan Malik
Director: Jože Pengov
Puppetheque performance
At the very edge of the town there is a house, small as a cage, clean as a whistle and delicate as a flower. Granny and Granddad live in this house.
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Sunflower on the Shoulder
Anthology of Slovenian Poems for Children
Director: Mare Bulc
Staged poetry
After it was first published in 1975, the anthology Sunflower on the Shoulder has already seen four editions; the latest one expands the treasury of the rich and variegated Slovenian poetry for young people with select contemporary authors. This extensive book contains 64 Slovenian poets, offering a very precious overview of Slovenian poems for children. The artists will stage poems that open (children’s) emotional worlds and talk about feelings and the inner turbulences of love, fear, courage, resistance, unhappiness, friendship, mourning and joy. They will be inspired by the poems of, among others, Feri Lainšček, Svetlana Makarovič, Miroslav Košuta, Lila Prap, VinkoMöderndorfer, Saša Vegri, Andrej Rozman Roza, Barbara Gregorič Gorenc, Milan Dekleva, Boris A. Novak, Niko Grafenauer, Miklavž Komelj, Peter Svetina, Borut Gombač, Bina Štampe - Žmavc, Jože Snoj and Ervin Fritz.
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The Devilish Triptych
Based on the motifs of The Master and Margarita by M. A. Bulgakov
Directors: Matija Solce and Mirjana Medojević
Intermedia puppet and visual omnibus
The Devilish Triptych is an omnibus of three events related to the topic of The Master and Margarita (1966). The intention of breaking down the novel is above all in presenting the different perceptions of the story in the narrower and the broader context of today’s state of society. This is precisely what the devil asks himself in the novel and consequently what Bulgakov asked when he wrote it. Perhaps this is the main reason for such a long-lasting censorship of The Master and Margarita.The Triptych first and foremost involves an exploration of theatre as a medium for social self-reflection; it is like a laboratory making social diagnoses in the context of today’s society and its defects.
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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
PUPPET MUSICAL. 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 Stones
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 55 min
Tom Lycos, Stefo Nantsou
The Stones  12+
Director: Ivica Šimić
Dramatic performance
The Stones is a dramatisation of a real story of two boys, who threw stones from the bridge over a motorway, and as a result killed a driver. It is written as a play for two actors, who act in the roles of the two boys, and the two detectives respectively.
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The Tempest, foto Jaka Ivanc
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Length 80 min
William Shakespeare
Gledališče Koper/Teatro Capodistria and Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
Director: Jaka Ivanc
Dramatic performance
A lonely, desert island. Stranded on it after the shipwreck for the past twelve years are the rightful Duke of Milan Prospero and his now growing up daughter Miranda, both banished from Milan, when Prospero's avid brother took power and conquered the principality for the King of Naples, who is now sailing past the island, accompanied by his son, brother, the self-proclaimed Duke, and his entourage. Prospero, who possesses magic powers and is served by his airy spirit Ariel, »raises« a tempest, and thus all his former enemies end up shipwrecked on his island. There they are forced to face Prospero and account for their parvenu intentions, treacheries and past. The play has a happy ending – the son of the King of Naples falls in love with Miranda, and Prospero blesses their union, thus forgiving his former enemies all their evil intentions. Finally they all sail back to Italy.
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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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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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Whale on the Beach
Vinko Möderndorfer
Director: Vinko Möderndorfer
Dramatic performance
The main character Nika is a somewhat unusual primary school pupil. Her family has moved to a new town and she now attends a new school. She is faced with new school friends, new teachers and new problems. She tries to connect and make new friends. In addition to the shenanigans of high-spirited primary school pupils, we will also get to know the teachers, parents and above all the pupils. Slowly, we will discover secrets, which we all have. Also Nika. Nika has a big secret … which in the end turns out not to be that big at all.
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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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