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14th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN

MINI SUMMER FESTIVAL

FROM JUNE 27th UNTILSEPTEMBER 2nd 2012

 

THE OPENING SHOW OF THE 14th MINI SUMMER FESTIVAL

NATIONAL MUSEUM SLOVENIA, LJUBLJANA

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th

18.00

THE WISHING TABLE

The Wishing Table is considered to be one of the most beautiful and most popular fairytales in the world. There was once a house in the suburbs where a father lived with his son Michael. They had a goat who used to tell only lies. Michael was in love with Margaret. One day he came in possession of a wishing table, a golden sheep and a magic club that could punish all the liars and the thieves ...

 

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Adaptation and directing: Marek Bečka

Actors: Jose and Aljaž Jovanovič

Music: Jose

Visual concept: Robert Smolik

language supervisor: Mateja Dermelj

Light and sound design: Tilen Vipotnik and Tomaž Grubelnik

Production: Mini teater

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 45 min.

Age: 3+

Location: National Museum of  Slovenia, Ljubljana

 

POLISH THEATRICAL PUPPETS EXHIBITION

FROM JUNE 27th UNTIL JULY 27th 2012

 

Polish puppet theater is a scenograpers theater. The Polish Theatrical Puppets exhibition will enable us to get to know the exceptional works of extraordinary Polish artists that have created the image of the puppet theater in Poland in the last fifty years. It will enable us in insight into the most important artistic efforts of the Polish puppet theater. The puppets that have been inspired by the Polish and European folclore, the poetics of the childrens room displaying theater puppets as toys and posters made for the most beautiful shows will be exhibitioned from June 27th until July 27th in the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana.

 

The exhibition Polish Theatrical Puppets as a part of the Mini teater's programme and the International Project Puppet Nomad Academy 3, coordinated by Mini teater and financially supported by the European Comission, programme Culture (2007-2013), has been prepared by Robert Waltl, the Direcor and Art-director of Mini teater.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1st

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: BUTTERFLY MOBILE

We will be making little spring an summer butterflies that will be tied to stics and made into a colourful mobile.

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

18.00

DRAGON AND PRINCESSES

Once lived a king who had three unmarried daughters. First was princess Jera, who screamed, shouted and complained all day long. The other was princess Bistra, who had the determination of a general and the wisdom of a king. The third was princes Mila. She was indeed a good princess and of loving heart. One day a dragon flew to the kingdom to ask the king for the hand in marriage of one of his daughters. Do you want to know what happened? Come to Mini teater and find out!

 

After fairy tale by Milada Mašatová, written by P. Dušova.

Director: Petronela Dušová

Puppets and Set Design: Miroslav Duša

Music: Peter Tarkay

Actors: Katja Povše, Saša Pavlin Stošić and Klemen Janežič

Production: Mini teater

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 40 min.

Age: 3+

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

The performance was created within the international European project »Puppet Nomad Academy 2«, financially supported by the European Comission, programme Culture (2007-2013). This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3rd

21.00

THE DONKEY OF NAZARETH

The performance The Donkey of Nazareth represents a dramaturgic collage of Christmas carol motives and specifically animated Christmas crib. It is performed by one actor and two assisting singers, who together act like three carol singers presenting the story about the birth of Jesus. They however retain a certain distance since the truth about this birth and the human hypocrisy of that time as well as of the present days is presented through the eyes of a donkey. 

 

The visual concept created by Agata Freyer is based upon medieval frescoes by Vincent of Kastav. The performance makes use of marotes - hand puppets on sticks deriving from the court-fool’s sceptre. This is the first professional puppet interpretation of biblical motives after World War II, which for centuries has served as base to European puppetry tradition.

 

Text after Slovene Christmas Carols: Robert Waltl

Director and dramaturge: Edi Majaron

Visual concept: Agata Freyer Majaron

Puppets made after Vincent of Kastav: Anja Dolenc and Jože Lašič

Music editor: Edi Majaron

Set made by: Darije Herceg

Actor: Robert Waltl

Singers: Edo Strah and Emir Jušič Piber

Production: Freyer teater

Co-production: Mini teater

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 45 min.

Age: 5+

Location: The Atrium of Križevniška 2

 

SUNDAY, JULY 8th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: FELTED FINGER PUPPETS

We will make cute little felted puppets for our fingers.

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

18.00

THE MISHMASH BAKERY

Do you know how the baker Mishmash makes his bread? Three decades ago, the famous Slovene writer Svetlana Makarovič wrote a story about a bakery known to the neighbouring villages for its tasty bread. This is a story about the goodness of the humble baker Mishmash who offered bread to the poor and to the children for free; yet it is also a story about the nosy and wicked woman Jedrt who is determined to disclose the secret on how Mishmash manages to make the bread so good; and it is a story about the cat who gets tired of Jedrt taking advantage of him, so he decides to move and stay with the baker Mishmash.

 

Svetlana Makarovič

Director: Robert Waltl

Actors: Violeta Tomič/Vesna Vončina, Jose/Miha Rodman and Tadej Pišek

Set design and puppets: Robert Smolik

Choreography: Natalija Manojlović

Music: Uroš Rakovec

Light design: Nikša Mrkonjić

Production: Mini teater

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 50 min.

Age: 3+

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

The performance was created within the international European project »Puppet Nomad Academy 2«, financially supported by the European Comission, programme Culture (2007-2013). This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 15th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: HANDBAGS FOR ICE CREAM

We will be making Mini Handbags for ice-cream out of yarn. Not for ice-cream itself but for the money to buy it. So we can all have some ice-cream!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

18.00

SNOW WHITE

Fairytale heroes in this performance will not be set in the magical surroundings of the enchanted forest, poisoned apples, idyllic nature and supernatural kisses but will be in accordance to their typical characters set in modern society structures. Modern fairy- tale situations, this time set in dark mining town, will with the help of modern accessories firstly point out the ecological crisis and uncontrolled pollution of the environment. Of course evil step mother, magic mirror, roguish elves and the savior are a necessity. The story of Snow White comes to life as live, sarcastic comment on the actual state of the world but maintains all the vital fairytale motives that are the red line of this performance.

 

Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

Adaptation: Marek Bečka, Zala Dobovšek

Director: Marek Bečka

Actors: Elena Volpi/Vesna Vončina, Aljaž Jovanović/Jose

Music and songs: Jose

Puppet Design and Artistic Concept: Robert Smolik

Production: Mini teater

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 50 min.

Age: 5+

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22nd

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: STORIES AND STRINGS FOR FINGER GAMES

We will make colorful strings from yarn. Not tied together will stil be withot a beginning and without an end. The string we put in our pocets and like to call fingers. They will keep our actors  very busy!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

SUNDAY, JULY 29th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: STORIES AND STRINGS FOR FINGER GAMES

We will make colorful strings from yarn. Not tied together will stil be withot a beginning and without an end. The string we put in our pocets and like to call fingers. They will keep our actors  very busy!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: STORIES AND STRINGS FOR FINGER GAMES

We will make colorful strings from yarn. Not tied together will stil be withot a beginning and without an end. The string we put in our pocets and like to call fingers. They will keep our actors  very busy!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: FELTED FINGER PUPPETS

We will make cute little felted puppets for our fingers.

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: JUGGLING BALLS NAD JUGGLING

We may know what little balls can be made from, but how to make a juggling ball knows only the one who tries to juggle. Come and also learn some basic  juggling!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

Ob 18.00

THE LITTLE RED RIDDING HOOD

Once lived a little girl named … Actually it is not even important what her name was, because once she had a birthday she got a little red hood from her mother. And since she wore it all the time everybody called her The Little Red Riding Hood.

Nekoč je živela deklica, ki se je imenovala … To pravzaprav ni pomembno. Kajti, ko je nekoč imela rojstni dan, je od mamice dobila rdečo kapico. In ker je to kapico nosila brez prestanka, je ni nihče več klical drugače kot Rdeča Kapica.

 

Director: Miroslava Bělohlávková

Actor: Miroslava Bělohlávková

Dramaturgy: Kristýna Filcíková

Scenography: Tereza Venclová

Production: Theater of some Edi

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 35 min.

Age: 3+

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th

18.00

JOSA WITH THE MAGIC FIDDLE

Jeromir is a picture of a man: almost as big as a giant and so strong that he can carry trees around the place. Joshua, the son of this charcoal burner, is the opposite - small and weedy. This makes Joshua so sad, that he has to cry, because what else shall he become later other than a charcoal burner? One day the bird gives him a magic violin. When Joshua plays, all who hear the music become big and strong or as small as a flies leg. With his magic instrument Joshua rides on the back of an ant to the end of the world. Along the way he must pass some tests in order to reach the moon. Whenever the moon wanders by, the boy plays and it waxes and wanes. Then Jeromir sees to the sky and knows that it is his son who can make it happen.

 

By Janosch

Director/set and costumes: Sylvia Wanke

Actors: Anna Fülle, Paul Günther, Martin Vogel

Music: Katharina Wibmer

Production: Theater Waidspeicher, Erfurt (Germany)

 

Language: German

Duration: 45 min.

Age: 4+

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th

11.00

DIRTY WING

In Garbagevillage, in a humble house next to the wharf, a girl is born with two little wings on her back... Her mother is lying dead beside her and no one knows if the girl is an angel or demon. The rumor begins to spread all over the village... The leaders arrive and enter the house... The place is surrounded by curious people... And, as always happens, a man appears. They call him Mr. Sir Gentleman... And he says to the leaders: “I, Mr. Sir Gentleman, will take care of this creature hiding her until she reaches the age of 16. If she is the angel we expect, we will let her grow Up with me and when she decides, she will be free to leave and save thehumanity. If she is the demon that will exterminate the human race.I will destroy her using my own methods. I promise you, no one will know about this deal. If after 16 years any change occurs, the authorities will be able ask for the girl and take care of her.” So, a solemn contract was signed. Now, almost 16 years later...

 

Direction, music, stage and puppet design: David Zuazola

Production: Puppet Company Davida Zuazole

 

Language: Spanish

Duration: 50 min. 

Age: 7+

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: SPINNING BUTTONS

We will make wooden buttons. Little buttons that also spinn!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

18.00

HANDS AND GLOVES

A hand seeks another hand. A hand seeks a glove. A hand in a glove finds…? What or whom does the hand in a glove find and what will happen next will be seen at the funny concert-like performance. But I can give you a hint: you will surely see a dog, a frog, a rabbit and… But no, I will say no more.

 

Author: And Director Helle Laas

Designer: Gunta Randla

Actors: Liivika Hanstin And Anti Kobin

 

Language: Estonian

Duration: 30 min.

Age: 3+

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st

18.00

GABI AND THE FLYING GRANDFATHER

There is nothing better on earth than a good grandfather. A good grandfather takes his grandchild fishing, to travel on train, to see animals; he always has cookies with him and tells stories like no one else. A good grandfather is world champion in fishing, in chess or in whistling. A good grandfather teaches his grandchild to tell stories, to dream and to live. But what can one do if he or she does not have a grandfather? Our story’s hero, Gabi, goes away to find one: a grandfather who is world champion in whistling and can make a kite on which one can really fly. A real flying supplementary grandfather.

 

Based on the tale of Ulf Stark

Director: Agnes Kuthy

Cast: Julia Rita Krucsd, Ernã Aprd, József FQIop, Balázs Szabd

Designer: Akos Mátravolgyi

Music: Benedek Darvas

Concertina player: Mihály Kovács

Production: Ciroka Puppet Theatre, Kecskemét

 

Language: Hungarian

Duration: 55 min.

Age: 6+

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd

17.00

CREATIVE WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: STORIES AND STRINGS FOR FINGER GAMES

We will make colorful strings from yarn. Not tied together will stil be withot a beginning and without an end. The string we put in our pocets and like to call fingers. They will keep our actors  very busy!

 

Free entrance.

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

18.00

WHEN SHLEMIEL WENT TO WARSAW

An artful tale about a peculiar man and his dreams. At his homely hearth, Shlemiel ponders about the great wide world, particularly about famed Warsaw - the Big City. One faithful day, he makes up his mind and heads off there. The children indulge in child-like curiosity, are joyous, and there are plentiful; the wise men are noble and possibly a tad to wise; the townsmen are nosy, smug or sympathetic, but most importantly, each has their own explanation for the events and goings-on. Finally, we cannot go past the realization that “the whole world is one big Chełm” and all of us its townsmen, for “the world is the same everywhere.”

 

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Director: Jelena Sitar Cvetko

Cast: Miha Bezeljak, Aja Kobe and Danilo Trstenjak

 

Puppet and set designer: Svjetlan Junaković

Music: Igor Cvetko

Dramaturgy: Katarina Klančnik Kocutar

Lector: Metka Damjan

Production: Puppet Theater Maribor

 

Language: Slovene

Duration: 55 min.

Age: 6+

Location: Mini teater at the Ljubljana Castle

 

 

PUPPET NOMAD ACADEMY 3 PROJECT

Led by Mini teater, Uubliana, Slovenia

co-organizers: Eesti Riiklik Nukuteater - Estonian State Puppet Theatre, Estonia; Figuren Theater Vlinders&Co, Belgium; Maladype Theatre, Hungary; Otvoreni Univerzitet Subotica, Serbia; Pozori~te I.utaka Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Teatro Neline, Slovakia; Novo Kazalište Zagreb, Croatia

 

The “Puppet Nomad Academy 3” project is a continuation of the previous two projects with the same name: “Puppet Nomad Academy”and “Puppet Nomad Academy 2”. This project brings an important new element to the active involvement of the elderly population in the design and creation of performances, participation in workshops, visiting performances… The excellence of the proposed activities is reflected above all in the transfer of new approaches / technologies / good practice which will be passed over to the traditional masters of puppetry art. The latter will use their fresh creative energy to present their skills and their knowledge through performances to a wider public in different countries - so in the period of Project duration as well as later within post-production lasting 3 to 5 years. The duration of the project: May 1st 2012 until April 30th 2014.

 

The Project’s events represent a unique opportunity for local Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, Hungarian, Estonian, Slovak, Bosnian, and also Belgium artists, cultural workers, experts in performing and visual arts, yet also for the wider audience, to meet artists from other European and non-European countries in person and to learn about their work and their performances. The result of the project “Puppet Nomad Academy 3” will be the upgraded mobility of cultural products, and authors; links among part ners will be renewed and settled. New ideas emerging within the Project will lead to further projects and to co-operation also with other similar organizations and projects around Europe.

 

THE NOMADS OF BEAUTY PROJECT

Led by Novo kazalište Zagreb, Croatia

Co-organizers: Eesti Riiklik Nukuteater - Estonian State Puppet Theatre, Estonia; Maladype Theatre, Hungary; Mini Teater, Slovenia; Otvoreni Univerzitet Subotica, Serbia; Teatro Neline, Slovakia.

 

In Croatian contemporary theatre as well as in most countries of the Central and Eastern Europe, stage design and visual creativity have been seriously neglected as theatrical components. Once there were influential schools of theatre design and strong personalities in the field, but after the change of social system the study of stage design has been relegated to the Faculty of Architecture and School of Design. This marked a break between university education and the contemporary practice which requires a complete artist. In this sense the Zagreb New Theatre is unique in the region. The projects of this theatre bring together exceptional visual artists who have significantly contributed to the conceptual and technical development of stage design. Theatre companies taking part in the Nomads of Beauty Project (New Theatre, Mini Theatre, Maladype Theatre, Subotica Open University (International Children’s Theatre Festival etc.) come from smaller European countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Serbia), where very different practices are in use. The idea is to share the exceptional Croatian experience of the visual artists’ work on theatre design with partners, and thus put into action the idea of a nomadic art school. The name Nomads of Beauty was adopted from the historical avant-gardes of the twentieth century. In it visual artists from Croatia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Serbia and France will create stage design/installation/videos/site specific/light installations. Young artists invited to participate in the creation of the project will work with the leading artist mentors, who will then be required to present the end result in all partner theaters.

 

The programme and activity of Mini Teater is co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana - MOL.