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Fairy Tales for AntsPuppet performance, length 45 min

Foto Jaka Varmuž
The performance Four Black Ants – a theatre adaptation of a collection of short stories by Anja Štefan, this year’s recipient of the Prešeren Fund Award – premiered on the Small Stage LGL in 2014.

Since then, Anja and her ants have experienced and learnt a lot, and their old insights have reached new depths. For example, that whatever comes from the heart is special. And that the solution for someone with too many ideas is to get up early. And that friendship is more important than a full stomach. And that it is sometimes safer to fix the song than the reality. Thus, some new short stories came to life and they are about to be published in book form, and for the new theatrical journey entitled Fairy Tales for Ants, Anja has written a few more songs, masterfully set to music by Milko Lazar.

The four black ants still roam the world. They are like the heart of a single organism, like an exclamation mark, a question mark, a comma or a full stop of a single thought. They are full of meditative reflections, humble but profound wisdom and witty insights. They are learning how to listen to someone else’s joys or sorrows. How to accept praise or criticism. How to encourage, comfort and rejoice together. How important it is to know that you have someone to lean on. That sometimes it doesn't take much, that a simple apology is enough. And above all, how to be together but still be your own self.

When we can be together,
whatever the world brings,
we’re filled with strength,

and joy gives us wings.

Martina Maurič Lazar graduated in 1999 with a Master's degree in Acting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, DAMU Academy of Theatre, Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. In the same year, she became a member of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre's acting ensemble, where, in addition to numerous roles, she also worked on four original projects: Draw Me a Sheep, The Postman's Tale, Laila and Power. She also directed the following puppet performances: Tomorrow's Party, Four Black Ants, and Bunny HouseSince 2013, she has been an Assistant Professor of Puppetry at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. She is the President of Unima, an association of Slovenian puppeteers and friends of puppets.

Author: Anja Štefan
Director: Martina Maurič Lazar
Authors of the adaptation: Martina Maurič Lazar, Anja Štefan
Dramaturg: Jera Ivanc
Cast: Polonca Kores, Matevž Müller, Katja Povše k. g., Lana Bučevec k. g.
Puppet art designer: Zvonko Čoh
Set and costume designer: Jasna Vastl
Puppet technologist: Žiga Lebar
Composer and music performer: Milko Lazar
Lightning designer: Nastja Miheljak
Language editor: Irena Androjna Mencinger
Assistant dramaturg: Tajda Lipicer (AGRFT student)
Assistant director: Tončica Knez (ERASMUS student)
Stage manager and sound designer: Damir Radončić
Producer: Alja Cerar Mihajlović
Assistant lighting designer and head of lighting: Niko Štabuc
Stage technician: Kliment Petkukjevski / Jure Popovič
Puppets, set and costumes made by: Žiga Lebar, David Klemenčič, Sandra Birjukov, Marjetka Valjavec, Blaž Vrhovec, Matjaž Petrovčič, Uroš Mehle s.p.