On Monday, June 5, 2006, the virtual puppet performance Thumbelina directed and played by Robert Waltl took part in the international puppet theatre festival of European Union EUROFEST 2006 in Poland. The festival embracing different cultures and creativity from countries of the European Union takes place from June 4 to June 8 in different locations of the Polish city Slupsk, mostly in the Theatre Tecza.
The first virtual puppet performance was produced by Forum Ljubljana and Cankarjev dom Ljubljana. It is a combination of computer animation and puppet or theatre performance presented within virtual computer environment. Fairytale characters on the screen, assisted by the animator and the spectators, are trying to save the main character Thumbelina from a number of complicated situations. The open and plastic computer space offers a rich and creative environment for this Andersen’s fairytale, which gives young spectators acting as co-creators of the performance thrill and great enthusiasm.
The authors of the performance concept are Darij Kreuh and Tadej Fius. The actor Robert Waltl performed Thumbelina in Polish.In June the performance will take part also in the international festival Multikids 2006 in Vienna in Austria.