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16th International Mini teater’s festival for children

Ahead of us is a new long and hot (not)Mini Summer! Mini teater is preparing the 16th edition of the International children's festival that will take care for the unforgettable summer full of children's performances and creative workshops! We will be together from June 21st to September 5th 2014.

During the summer Mini teater doesn’t rest! This year we organize the 16th international Children’s Festival, Mini Summer. For two months both our venues (at Križevniška 1 and at Ljubljana Castle) will be full of great performances and creative workshops.

First part of the festival will be marked with wonderful performances produced by Mini teater – this year revived The Frog King, new performance by renowned director Marek Bečka, Brave Molly and also his Puss in boots, a many times awarded Snow White, a sequel to Svetlana Makarovič’s hit, Sapramouse 2 – Sapramouse’s Luck, and an unforgettable Ježek’s Little Sleepy Star. Ljubljana will also host theatres from Spain, Germany, Slovakia and Croatia.

 

The opening of the Mini Summer Festival

Creative workshops

Saturday, June 21st 2014 at 10 a.m.

Location: stage in front of Mini teater at Križevniška 1

Jump Frog!

Do frogs jump? Of course. Can we jump like frogs? Maybe. Would you like to have your own little frog to jump when you want her to? We’ll learn how to make a paper frog and try out whether she’ll be jumping like real frogs do.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Renewal of Mini teater's hit

The Frog King

Saturday, June 21st 2014 at 11 a.m.

Location: stage in front of Mini teater at Križevniška 1

A renewed hit of Mini teater with over 200 re-runs in Slovenia and abroad, now under direction of Robert Waltl and starring Tadej Pišek. 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. But in return for the golden ball, the Frog demands the Princess' love. The story deals with the ever-present demand for compromise. The message dedicated to all young princesses points out the possibility of looking at things from a different point of view. With patience we can sometimes find beauty even in things that seemed ugly at first sight.

 

Adaptation after Brothers Grimm: Vesselin Boidev

Direction: Slavčo Malenov

Direction of revival 2013/14: Robert Waltl

Performing: Tadej Pišek                     

 

40'

3+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Coproduction: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia) and SSG Trst (Italy)

 

New this season

Brave Molly

Sunday, June 22nd 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

Once upon a time lived a family with many children. Even though they were all very much loved and wanted, the parents couldn't afford to feed them all. One day the Father took the children to the woods to at least feed them with wild strawberries. But upon returning home he forgot to count them. In the morning he discovered that his three daughters were left in the forest: Polly, Dolly and Molly, the youngest! Molly wasn't just the youngest she was also the bravest and the most resourceful of them all. Directed by Marek Bečka who also directed SnowWhite,The Wishing Table and Puss in Boots.

 

After English fairy tale: Marek Bečka

Direction and adaptation of text: Marek Bečka

Performing: Jose, Robert Korošec

 

45'

3+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

Kri Kra Kro

Saturday, June 28th2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1                

Performance created by Teatro Paraíso together with Théâtre de la Guimbarde from Belgium has been performed at several festivals and programming from Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland and Germany. Kri Kra Kro recreates a delicate universe where life is expressed through the beauty of some pictures and the warmth of actors’play. It shows the journey of two characters through an unknown space with plenty of images and sounds. This journey is inspired by the curious spirit that pushes the youngest spectators to discover real life. Kri Kra Krois a theatre metaphor that shows images as a part of a game, as a possibility to explore and enjoy the world, not just to contemplate it. This creation is also an emotional and subtle encounter with Art, a suggestive experience that we want to share with young spectators. The show has received two young audiovisual students as “interns”, through a training internship given by KREA- CONTEMPORARY EXPRESSION.

 

Authors: Rosa A. García, Charlotte Fallon

Direction: Charlotte Fallon

Performing: Rosa A. García, Javier Fernández

 

50'

3+

Language: Spanish

Virtual theatre performance

Production: Teatro Paraiso (Spain), Théâtre de la Guimbarde (Belgium)

 

Jose and Gašper Jarniin another hit by

A wonderful Czech director Marek Bečka

Puss in Boots

Sunday, June 29th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

A fairy tale by French writer Charles Perrault, popular all around the world.

One of the most interesting and exiting directors Marek Bečka took a story about a miller's son and a talking cat and transformed it in his unique way that is surely to entertain young and old.

 

Charles Perrault

Direction and text adaptation: Marek Bečka

Performing: Jose in Gašper Jarni/alt. Tomislav Tomšič

 

40'

3+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

Sequel to one of the biggest hits by Svetlana Makarovič

Sapramouse 2 – Sapramouse's Luck

What happened to Sapramouse afterwards?

Saturday, July 5th 2014, at 11 a.m.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1                

The sequel of one of the greatest works by Svetlana Makarovič: What happened to Sapramouse after? A performance for children of all ages who will recognise real-life situations whereas adults will remember what is the most important in life – friends and being responsible for your own luck.

 

Svetlana Makarovič

Direction: Robert Waltl

Performing: Vesna Zornik/ Ajda Smrekar, Violeta Tomič, Tadej Pišek, Svetlana Makarovič, Ljerka Belak, Robert Waltl

 

35'

3+

Language: Slovene

Theatre performance

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

Humorously retold and a cult hit by Mini teater

Snow White

Winning award after award

Sunday, July 6th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

Fairytale heroes of this Snow White are not set in the magical surroundings of the enchanted forest, poisoned apples, idyllic nature and supernatural kisses. This time the modern fairytale situations are set in the dark mining town, where – with the help of modern accessories – they also point out the ecological crisis and uncontrolled pollution of the environment. But of course, the evil stepmother, magical mirror, mischievous likable elves and the savior will not be missing even in this Snow White. Winner of numerous awards directed by Marek Bečka who in Mini teater also directed Puss in Boots, The Wishing Table and Brave Molly.

 

Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

Direction: Marek Bečka

Performing: Elena Volpi/Ajda Toman/Vesna Vončina, Jose/Aljaž Jovanović

 

50'

5+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

Stories of a dog called Hector

Day 1

Tuesday, July 8th at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

 

Day 2

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

 

Hector is a family dog, a Labrador. Mum, dad and twin girls live their ordinary family life with all the usual joys and peripeties while Hector observes. We’ll follow their life together from the day he joined the family until the end of his dog life. In two days we’ll join Hector on his seven heroic adventures. We’ll go skiing with him, sunbathe along him on the beach and court to neighbour’s dog Nike.

 

Author: Dim Zupan

Direction: Irena Glonar

Performing: Zvona Hribar, Patricija Sekelj, Katja Pehlič, Sabina Kogovšek, Uroš Smolej, Vesna Jevnikar, Ivo Ban, Silva Čušin, Saša Mihelčič, Lea Anžur

 

20' + discussion with creators

3+

Language: Slovene

Sound theatre

Production: Uredništvo igranega programa RTVS (Slovenia)

 

Cult and unforgetable

Little Sleepy Star

by Frane Milčinski - Ježek and Mini teater

Saturday, July 12th 2014 at 11 a.m.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

Cult and unforgettable fairy tale by Frane Milčinski - Ježek for children of all ages. One of the most popular Slovenian fairy tales with a universal message that we can with kindness and good, pure thought and love overcome evil.   There is a star in the sky that puts children to sleep, leads sailors over the seas and helps the poet find the right rhymes. She has gold long hair and is called Sleepy Star. But because she is often late for work she causes confusion on Earth. The children are crying, the sailors can’t find their ways, the poet does not find the rhyme to the word pot. That is why she is punished and sent to the Earth and can come back only when and if she will prove to be smart enough.

 

Frane Milčinski - Ježek

Direction: Robert Waltl

Performing: Nina Ivanišin/Maruša Majer, Tadej Pišek, Igor Štamulak

 

45'

3+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

Renewal of Mini teater's hit

The Frog King

Sunday, July 13th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

A renewed hit of Mini teater with over 200 re-runs in Slovenia and abroad, now under direction of Robert Waltl and starring Tadej Pišek. 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. But in return for the golden ball, the Frog demands the Princess' love. The story deals with the ever-present demand for compromise. The message dedicated to all young princesses points out the possibility of looking at things from a different point of view. With patience we can sometimes find beauty even in things that seemed ugly at first sight.

 

Adaptation after Brothers Grimm: Vesselin Boidev

Direction: Slavčo Malenov

Direction of revival 2013/14: Robert Waltl

Performing: Tadej Pišek                     

 

40'

3+

Language: Slovene

Puppet performance

Coproduction: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia) and SSG Trst (Italy)

 

Creative workshops

Sunday, July 20th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

Animal Carnival

Our favourite animals will turn into puppets on a stick with a bit of help from different materials. We’ll create a stage where they will have the opportunity to perform. Umbrellas transformed into different animals will keep us company.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Creative workshops

Sunday, July 27th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

A Playful Octopus

Do you like the world under the sea? How nice it would be to cool in the sea and peek below its surface. We’ll invite an octopus to come from the sea depths and join us. We’ll make nice, mischievous, sleepy and playful little octopuses. In our hands they will do anything we’d like them to do and even come home with us.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Creative workshops

Sunday, August 3rd 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location:  in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

Bubbly Snake

We’ll create a very special snake. It won’t be crawling on the ground but reaching towards the sky. With a bit of skill, soapy water and our mouth we’ll blow a big bubbly snake travelling in the air until it vanishes. No worries, we’ll be able to make another snake to delight us.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Creative workshops

Sunday, August 10th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location:  in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

Wide-mouthed Animals

How wide is an animal’s mouth when open? Do you ever fear an animal could bite or eat you? Don’t’ worry, we’ll get to know and made friendly animals which will come to life in our hands. They will open their mouth wide, speak and yawn. They will gladly pin themselves on our shirt and travel around with us.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Creative workshops

Sunday, August 17th2014 at 6 p.m.

Location:  in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

Jump Frog!

Do frogs jump? Of course. Can we jump like frogs? Maybe. Would you like to have your own little frog to jump when you want her to? We’ll learn how to make a paper frog and try out whether she’ll be jumping like real frogs do.

Workshop with Mateja Lukežič from SEZAM Association of parents and children

 

Animal train

Saturday, August 23th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

A big day for the little train. One morning the train driver feels a tingling in his big toes. He knows „Something big is going to happen to me today“. And so it happens.

Mrs Walrus, Mr Bear and Mrs Elephant squash themselves into his little train.

They are going on a shopping spree in the city. A play for small children, with

model railway.

 

Author: Chris Wormell

Direction: Christian Georg Fuchs

Performing: Paul Günther

 

30'

3+

Language: Only few words, some words in German

Puppet performance

Production: Theater Waidspeicher (Germany)

 

Cow- Story

Sunday, August 24th 2014 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater’s hall at Ljubljana Castle

Did you know that along three baby goats and three piglets there are also three calves living in the woods? Of course you didn´t. Not even great writers know about it, because if they knew, they would have definitely written a fairy tale about three calves. But Katka Aulitisová and Ľubo Piktor from the Theatre Piki have found out and not only this but also many other things too. If you want to know who rescued baby goats from wolf´s tummy; who helped piglet to build solid brick house, where mommy goat went for coffee when the wolf was eating her baby goats or any other important facts, you definitely must see this musical about the healing powers and important mission of milk.

 

Directed, concept and cast by: Katarína Aulitisová,  Ľubo  Piktor

 

3+

Language: Slovak

Puppet-theatre performance

Production: Divadlo Piki (Slovakia)

 

Musitory

Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater, Križevniška 1

A thrilling journey to the world of classical music, we’ll find out what are rhythm, melody and musical instruments. We’ll see that music can be made with anything, it can change our day, teaches us to dream, to learn and play. Via interactive play with the actors we’ll step into an infinite world of musical possibilities.

Marko refuses to go to music school. Instead of going to a lesson, he spends the day with his parents, playing with his friends and strolling around the city. His friends, with the help of an audience will show him music is all around him. Marko discovers his talents and goes to a concert at magical Musitory.

Authors: Ksenija Zec, Saša Božić
Direction, choreography and dramaturgy: Ksenija Zec, Saša Božić
Performing: Nikša Arčanin, Milana Buzolić - Vučica, Petar Konkoj, Marko Petrić
 

50'

5+

Language: Croatian

Theatre performance

Production: Gradsko kazalište lutaka Split (Croatia)

                                                                                                           

Three on a Straw

Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 11 a.m.

Location: in front of Mini teater at Ljubljana Castle

A performance seen at many international festivals is coming to Ljubljana! A most delicious puppet performance awaits us. Tender vegetables, newly awakened from their garden bed, bicker with the stuck-up drones from the edge of the woods.Some will get long ears, others longer noses. New light will be even shined upon king Midas himself.  After the performance a creative workshop follows.

 

Author:  Staffan Björklund

Direction: Erik Olsen

Performing: Staffan Björklund

 

40’

4+

Language: English

Puppet performance

Production: Staffan Björklunds Teater (Sweden)

 

The Old Man and the Donkey

Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mini teater's hall at Ljubljana Castle

After performing at numerous international festivals this hilarious performance about the old man and his clever donkey and about the importance of trust between the young and old is coming to Mini Summer. The old man and his donkey are strolling around searching for some sticks when they suddenly run into people with different problems. The old man knows exactly how he’ll solve the matter so he offers help. He succeeds thanks to his ingenious donkey.

 

Author:  Staffan Björklund

Direction: Erik Olsen

Performing: Staffan Björklund

 

40’

4+

Language: English

Puppet performance

Production: Staffan Björklunds Teater (Sweden)

Closing of 16th Mini Summer Festival with the premiere by Robert Waltl

Humorourous adaptation of a well-known biblical story

Meet at the Ark at Eight

Premiere: Friday, September 5th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Location:  Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

First replay: Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 11 a.m.

Location:  Mini teater, Križevniška 1

 

A humorous yet provocative adaptation of a well-known biblical story. The news of a great flood destroying the world reaches two surprised penguins. Like the rest of the animals, only two of them can embark on Noah's Ark, but they decide to sneak on it their friend, a third penguin hidden in a suitcase. A wild adventure follows full of funny replies coming out of the beaks of likeable penguins children can easily identify with.

 

Ulrich Hub

Direction: Robert Waltl

Performing: Miha Rodman, Saša Pavlin Stošić, Aljoša Ternovšek, Jose, Matjaž Višnar

 

5+ 

Language: Slovene

Theatre performance

Co-production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia), Prešernovo gledališče Kranj (Slovenia)

 

Ticket prices

Children Performances: unified price 3 € 

Creative Workshops: Free admission