Duck, Death and the Tulip

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Duck, Death and the Tulip, foto: Miha Fras
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.

Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (1948) is the principal Slovenian puppet theatre, hosting puppet shows and drama performances for children, young people and adults. The multi-award winning shadow performance Duck, Death and the Tulip was directed by Italian director Fabrizio Montecchi, one of the greatest masters of shadow theatre who for many years explores this fabulous form of art in his world famous productions, staged in the Teatro Gioco Vita from Italy.

The shadow theatre performance Duck, Death and the Tulip was inspired by a picture book, originally entitled as Ente, Tod und Tulpe (2007), by the German writer and illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. His picture books are distinguished by his clear and simple refinement of life events with delicate sensitivity, as well as by his modification of philosophical themes with a light poetic prose, imbued with humour.

  • We just saw a performance about the duck that died. Has anyone you knew died as well? How do you remember that person or animal? Do you have any objects that remind you of them?

  • How did you feel when you learned about their death? Was it easier for you, when you thought about the beautiful moments you spent with that person or animal?

  • Make your own shadow theatre: take a harder paper or a cardboard and draw simple figures, then cut them out and fasten them to the rods. If you want a certain part of the silhouette to be particularly flexible, draw it separately, cut it out and fasten it to the puppet.

  • Observe what happens, when you draw the silhouettes nearer to a light source or a translucent screen. Using more silhouettes positioned at different distances from the light source, try to create your very own “magical” scene.

  • Visit the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre website and see how the shadow puppets for the performance Duck, Death and the Tulip were created.

Commentary

Duck, Death and the Tulip is a gentle,friendly and discreet staging,confronting the children with death without any embellishment or pathos, but rather with a refined sense of delicacy of the selected topic. The narrative about illness, departing and lost comes to lifeon 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 the children and at the same time unobtrusively caressing them and presenting them with a thought about the transience and vulnerability of life.


PREMIERE: 16th October 2014, Šenjakob Stage LGL
Director: Fabrizio Montecchi
Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Translator: Veronika Simoniti
Shadow puppets design: Federica Ferrari, based on illustrations by Wolf Erlbruch
Music: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar
Author of the song: Jera Ivanc
Performers: Polonca Kores, Asja Kahrimanović / Martina Maurič Lazar
Set and light design: Fabrizio Montecchi
Proof reader: Irena Androjna Mencinger
Producer: Pija Bodlaj
Performance manager and sound technican: Alojz Sedovnik
Light technican: Danilo Korelec
Scene technican: Iztok Vrhovnik
Creation of shadow puppets, scene and costumes: Gregor Bajc, Sandra Birjukov, Iztok Bobić, Polona Černe, Brina Fekonja, Federica Ferrari, Jernej Remše s. p., Mitja Ritmanič, Zoran Srdić, Marjeta Valjavec, Ključavničarstvo Uroš Mehle s. p.
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