Spotty the Ball

Spotty the Ball, Illustration: Lea Zupančič
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”.
Spotty the Ball belongs among the puppet performances that have managed to survive a myriad of creative, fashionable and modernistic trends in the development of puppet art, since its original version boasts more than 1.500 replays. Its main characters - Grandpa with his hurdy-gurdy, Grandma with her drum and the playful Spotty the Ball - have repeatedly enchanted both young and old audiences. 

Since the original marionette of Spotty the Ball has worn out, it was reconstructed by the museum experts and retired in 2015. She has been laid to rest in the Museum of Puppetry at the Ljubljana Castle, whereas her double pleases the new generations of viewers on stage.

Spotty the Ball is the first performance by stage director Jože Pengov (1916–1968), the central figure of the first period of Slovenian professional puppet theatre who took over the leadership of the City Puppet Theatre (today Ljubljana Puppet Theatre) in 1950. On the occasion of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and marking 60 years since Jože Pengov's death, we will pay tribute with new puppet replicas and rejuvenated ensemble cast to this famous puppet classic and the finely tuned Ljubljana Marionette School, placed by Pengov with his high interpretation and animation requirements at the top of the European theatres. Upon this important celebration the theatre backstage will be disclosed as well, where puppets are brought to life by their animators from the marionette bridge and their voices are lend to them by speakers, sitting below on the proscenium.

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, NOVEMBER 2018, VELIKI ODER LGL/GRAND STAGE LGL
Director: Jože Pengov
Author: Jan Malík
Restaging by: Brane Vižintin
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27.11.2018 at 18:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
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29.11.2018 at 17:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL
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30.11.2018 at 17:00
Stage: Grand Stage LGL