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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Aquarium, foto: Urška Boljkovac
Kulturnica LGL
Length 40 min
Miha Golob
Aquarium  3+
Director: Miha Golob
Aquatic adventure
In the beginning there is nothing. Like an empty piece of paper, just a moment before it is touched by a pencil or a crayon. And everything is still possible. Then comes a cracking sound and an egg suddenly hatches out of the mist – a tiny little creature, yearning for a cosy home, friends, adventures and the whole colourful World …
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At the Still Point of the Turning World
Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana
Length 60 min
TJP Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Pôle européen de création et de production, Théâtre de Sartrouville et des Yvelines – Centre dramatique National in Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Conceived and Directed by: Renaud Herbin
Dance and Puppet Poetry
A drawn space, an abstract field, composed of hundreds of suspended marionettes. In this visual and choreographic project the marionettes form a compact, motionless community and illustrate a metaphor for hanging time, or beings, waiting to evolve into something that no longer belongs to them. What will the passing of the giant human beings bring? It is a story about the tension between the peace and turmoil, the human and motionless material world as well as the determined forces that make us move one way or another. Non verbal.
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Barley And The Boat
Grand Stage LGL
Length 30 min
Anja Štefan
Director: Barbara Bulatović
Puppet performance
Barley lives near the lake. He plays on its shores every day. He floats his tiny boats on the lake and wishes to have a real boat ...
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Bert
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
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, foto Jaka Varmuž
Grand Stage LGL
Length 45 min
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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Brainstorm, foto Matej Povše
Stage Under the Stars
Length 75 min
Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and Company Three
Brainstorm  12+
Director: Primož Ekart
Theatre adventure
Director Primož Ekart based the theatre adventure Brainstorm on the eponymous dramatic text by Ned Glaiser and Emily Lim. The original text was conceived by the London Production Company Three in collaboration with thirteen teenage actors. Its idea stemmed from the latest scientific discoveries in neuroscience or rather findings how the brain function in adolescent years differs from that in adult years. There are apparently 86 billion of neurons triggering a wide range of daily changes during this fragile period of development, enabling at the same time an explosion of youthful creativity, boldness, excitement and courage.
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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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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
A detective story
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
Four Black Ants is a set of short parables about four little ants that contains just the right amount of everything – poetry, humour, rhythm, words, rhymes, heartiness and wisdom. They are full of little pleasures and funny adventures, inciting meditative reflections and arousing reactions with their clever sting.
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Goodbye, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Ulf Nilsson
Goodbye  3+
Directed and Visually Designed by: Jasna Vastl
A Memory Theatralization
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 …
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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 Željko Stevanić IFP/Archive CTF UL AGRFT
Length 50 min
AGRFT and Skladišče 172
Art direction: Anja Mejač
dance-theatre performance
Marble shoes is a contemporary dance-theatre 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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Jack and Jim, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Kitty Crowther
Director: Ivana Djilas
A Puppet Performance
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?
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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, photo Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 100 min
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 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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Lučka the Dandelion, photo Jaka Varmuž
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Gregor Strniša
Director: Maruša Kink
A Journey from a Flower to the Stars
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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Martin Krpan, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Grand Stage LGL
Fran Levstik
Director: Tin Grabnar
A Wild Puppet Adventure
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.
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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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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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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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PEEKABOO, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Lucie Félix
PEEKABOO  1+
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Collectif Ma-Théâ (Centre de Création pour l'Enfance) and Festival Mondial de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières (France)
Director: Mateja Bizjak Petit
An Experiential Performance
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?
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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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Rabbit’s House, foto Jaka Varmuž
Small Stage LGL
Length 35 min
Anja Štefan
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Puppet performance
Rabbit’s House is a story that reminds us how each of us can sometimes be in need and without a roof over his or her head and how nice and important it is to help each other whenever such unfortunate situations occur. In our story Frog, Squirrel, Badger and Bear unite their forces to help Little Rabbit who has lost his home.
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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.
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Sapramouse
Grand Stage LGL
Length 40 min
Svetlana Makarovič
Director: Nace Simončič / Brane Vižintin
Puppetheque performance
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 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. This modern re-interpretation of the Secret Society PGC was staged in our theatre for the first time.
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Somewhere Else, photo: Jakub Wittchen
Tunnel LGL
Length 45 min
Zala Dobovšek, Nina Šorak, Tin Grabnar, Asja Kahrimanović Babnik
Director: Tin Grabnar
Animated chalkboard tale
The performance tells us about a little girl, who finds herself caught in the middle of the war. It is through her eyes that we observe her changing city, filled with horrors, violence and fear. But, hope too. 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 gradually changes …And becomes intolerable. The little girl’s only wish is to go to another country, where it would be much nicer. She wants to go somewhere else, somewhere far away from the war atrocities. »I woke up this morning, washed my teeth as usually, ate my breakfast and went to school. Everything was pretty much as usual. And only yesterday I played with my friends in the backyard as well. Everything is different now. I am not allowed to go to the backyard any more. It is too dangerous. And when the thunder is heard, I must run to the basement with my mother. I don’t see my friends any more either. And the school is over. They just closed it.«
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Spotty the Ball, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Jan Malík
Director: Jože Pengov
A Puppetheque Performance
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”.
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Stardust, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Neil Gaiman
Stardust  5+
Directed and Choreographed by: Mala Kline
A Multimedia Science Fiction Labyrinth
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 …
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Sunflower on the Moon, photo Mankica Kranjec
Stage Under the Stars
Length 60 min
Staged poetry from the anthology Sunflower on the Shoulder
Director: Marko Bulc - Mare
Staged poetry
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.
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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
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 Little Beasts of Rezija, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Milko Matičetov
Director: Maruša Kink
A Puppet Performance
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.
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The Little Prince, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Director: Yulia Roschina
A Puppet Poem
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.
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The Master and Margarita, foto Jaka Varmuž
LGL - MOJSTER IN MARGARETA
Length 180 min
Based on the motifs of The Master and Margarita by M. A. Bulgakov
Intermedia omnibus
The production of The Master and Margarita, divided between an interactive journey, visual installations and an object theatre - The Devilish Triptych, directed by Matija Solce and a theatre gospel Margareta, directed by Mirjana Medojević, is designed for adult viewers.
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The Master and Margarita, foto Jaka Varmuž
LGL - MOJSTER IN MARGARETA
Length 180 min
Based on the motifs of The Master and Margarita by M. A. Bulgakov
Intermedia omnibus
The production of The Master and Margarita, divided between an interactive journey, visual installations and an object theatre - The Devilish Triptych, directed by Matija Solce and a theatre gospel Margareta, directed by Mirjana Medojević, is designed for adult viewers.
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The Right to be a Human, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Director: Mare Bulc
A Theatre Laboratory
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.
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The Rite of Spring, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Igor Stravinski
Director: Matjaž Farič
A Puppet Rite
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.
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The Weakness of Power, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
Directors: Jiři Zeman and Martina Maurič Lazar
A Puppet Miniature
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.
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The Whale on the Beach, foto Jaka Varmuž
Šentjakobski oder LGL
Vinko Möderndorfer
A Theatre Performance
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.
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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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