Sand PitCreative analogue theatre, length 0 min

Four strangers walk in the vast field of opportunities. They use an analogue playground to build a fragile and fugitive world. The tiny grains of sand turn into the universe, time, beings, landscapes, natural phenomena, mood, relationships, architecture, and objects. The grains of sand are conceived, deposited, blown, swept, trampled, outlined, inscribed, drawn, decanted, poured, sown, erased, , rolled, gathered, removed, added, taken away, carried away, augmented... but the sand pit is not merely a place of creation—it is a place of socialising, as the four strangers are brought together by their joint game, while the relationships between them make them diverse and identifiable. They bring the sand pit to life with their images, they enter intertwined relationships and employ creativity to act out the themes of courage, friendship, belonging, anger, love, impermanence, waiting, and exploring. Their stubborn overreactions will take them into dead ends, a vain lack of respect into chaos, and a well-intentioned unity will bring development. The process of creating a common language as the foundation of coexistence will enable them to reach agreements, write rules, and establish a common life stream. Their sand pit play becomes a metaphor of how existence is born and balanced.
Story-wise, the performance brings a symbolic play of bodies and material, which is enriched with a combination of natural and urban elements set in a sand habitat, where untouched grains of sand are used to build a special Pollock-style sand civilisation.

The Pit Box as an active children’s playground encourages both cognitive and emotional development processes. The performance illustrates the transition from initial parallel children's play to common associative play with occasional conflicts and to collaborative play with the aim of reaching a common goal. The social elements of the children’s play are the foundation of the performance logics which, on a conceptual level, depict the birth and development of human civilisation—from the construction of the physical space to the process of settlement and establishment of a common system that requires a great amount of creativity, innovation, and collaboration—all of this while keeping in mind coexistence.

Miha Golob is a theatre and puppetry director who in recent years received a number of awards in the field of puppetry art in Slovenia and abroad. His concepts often rely on the idea of exploring and playing with material, which uncompromisingly provides for the spectator’s active and creative involvement. In 2017, he directed the performance Aquarium at the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre. This season, he continues his journey across analogue children’s playgrounds with the following archetype: a sand pit as a creative, social, and civilisation polygon.

Premiere: October 2020, the Šentjakob Stage of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Author: Miha Golob
Directed by: Miha Golob
Visual Design: Primož Mihevc