Open the Owl

Open the Owl
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.
The main character is, a knight Ritter Kauzenveit enchanted into an owl. He will turn human again only when he finds someone who, in their desire to have their wishes come true, plucks all his feathers. He comes across the cunning Kasperle, who wishes to be a minister. With his feathers, the enchanted knight constantly has to save him from complicated situations. All until the last feather is plucked.

For the French director and puppeteer Renaud Herbin, the interest in Klemenčič’s work means a double exploration: on the one hand, an insight into the circumstances of the original tale and the figure of the owl-man, and, on the other, the exploration of the concept of a puppet stage. In the forefront will be the power of the visual images of hanging puppets, which, like a multitude of humans, seem to be in the backstage of their own history.

Open the Owl
will premiere at the World Festival of Puppet Theatres in Charleville-Mézières, whose guest of honour or the main guest will be Renaud Herbin.
The performance is the first part of a diptych; the second part will premiere in April 2018 at the Les Gibouléesfestival in Strasbourg.

Renaud Herbin is a French puppet artist of the younger generation. He works as a director and animator, intensely focusing on researching puppetry in relation to body, movement, choreography and the suggestiveness of images, objects and visuals.
Since 2012, he has been the artistic director of TJP – Centre Dramatique
National D’Alsace Strasbourg (France). The last time we could see him in Slovenia was in 2016 when he brought his Milieu to LUTKE 2016.

A part of BiTeater project.

Premiere: 18th and 19th September 2017, World Festival of Puppet Theatres in Charleville-Mézières
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace, Strasbourg (France)
Director: Renaud Herbin
Authors: Franz Pocci, Célia Houdart
Cast: Maja Kunšič and Iztok Lužar
Dramaturgy: Mateja Bizjak Petit
Set design: Mathias Baudry
Lighting design: Fanny Bruschi
Sound designer: Morgan Daguenet
Artistical Advisor: Nino Laisné
Stage Manager and Sound Designer: Luka Bernetič
Lights: Niko Štabuc
Set Technician: Luka Moškrič
Puppets production: Iztok Bobič, Polona Černe, Zala Kalan, Zoran Srdić, Marjetka Valjavec, Sandra Birjukov, Špela Ulaga, Olga Milič, Tereza Andrůšková
Set production: Christian Rachner, Pierre Chaumont
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Stage: Stage Under the Stars
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