Martin Krpan

Martin Krpan, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
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.
This time this fundamental work of Slovenian literature is returning to our stage in a modern interpretation by a young stage director Tin Grabnar. Martin Krpan, secretly smuggling salt with his mare, glamorous life at the Imperial Court in Vienna, careless chopping of the magnificent court lime tree and wild duels offer a wonderful starting point for yet another puppet creation. The tale will unfold on a traditional puppet stage with a small square opening, through which we will be able to see a wide variety of worlds. The moving setting of hilly landscapes, dynamic perspectives of the spooky city walls and the luxurious Imperial Court will arouse the viewers' imagination, inviting them on a journey through the exciting story of one of the first heroes of Slovenian literature. The ancient stage will be rolling, deconstructing and re-constructing again. It will also offer a secret gaze backstage and thus disclose some new perspectives of viewing.   

In addition to the spatial transformation, this staging will be also marked by some modern reinvention of the traditional hand puppets technique. Intertwining with the technical virtuosity, rhythmicity and coordination of animators will be some stage tricks and magic, establishing by means of a play of theatrical illusion a new level of modern puppetry.   

This dynamic and playful performance will be also supported by some biting social critique, tiny political incorrectness and spiced up with a good measure of humour.

Tin Grabnar, a director of younger generation, expands his field of interest as in the area of alternative as well as dance and puppet theatre. Somewhere Else - the last performance he directed for the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre –, received a special award for a successful combination of puppet conception and application of modern technology in the theme realisation at the 50th International Puppet Festival PIF in Zagreb.

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Premiere: 25th October 2018, VELIKI ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL

Patron of the jubilee season is Petrol.
Director: Tin Grabnar
Author: Fran Levstik
Visual Design: Špela Trobec
25.10.2018 at 18:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
27.10.2018 at 11:15
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
27.10.2018 at 17:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
28.10.2018 at 11:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
28.10.2018 at 17:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
29.10.2018 at 17:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
30.10.2018 at 11:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL