Text after J. and W Grimm: Vesselin Boidev
Translation: Viktorija Menkadžijeva
Director: Slavčo Malenov
Set and puppet design: Vasill Rokomanov
Puppets painted by: Silva Bačvarova
Music: Vladimir Džambazov
Actor: Robert Waltl
Puppet performance for children from 3 years up.
Duration: 45 minutes
Opening performance: 2001
Festivals and tours: Croatia, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Hungary
Awards: Slovene Drama Artists Association Award to Robert Waltl.
This is a story about a Princess who lost her golden ball and a Frog who finds the ball in puddle and brings it back to the Princess. In return the Frog demands love. The story deals with the ever present making of compromise. The message is dedicated to all young princesses. It points out the possibility of looking at things from different points of view: Things that at first sight may seem ugly usually need some patience for us to discover that they are actually beautiful.
The performance was created in co-operation with aknowledged Bulgarian puppet artists: the director Slavčo Malenov (known to our young audience for his performances Caliph Stork, Lion With No Tail, Little One, Mini Circus) is a graduate in puppet directing of the Bulgarian State Academy of Film and Theatre Art; later he specialised at the International Puppet Institute Charleville-Mezieres in France. He works with a number of puppet theatres in Bulgaria and abroad. Since 1993 he has been teaching at the above State Academy. The puppets in this performance were painted by Silva Bačvarova, a graduate in set design of the State Academy of Plastic Art. She worked at the Plovdiv national puppet theatre; at present she is employed as a set designer at the theatre Atelie 313, and she works as a teacher at the State Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Sofia. Art design is signed by Vasill Rokomanov, also a graduate in set design of the above State Academy. He worked as a designer at the Magazine Society and Law, since 2002 he has been employed as a set designer at Atelier 313, and as a teacher for set design at the State Academy of Theatre and Film Art in Sofia. As a set designer he works with numerous theatres and puppet theatres.
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