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17th International Mini teater’s festival for children

During the summer Mini teater doesn’t rest! This year we organize the 17th 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.

Ahead of us is a new long and hot (not)Mini Summer! Mini teater is preparing the 17th 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 the end of June to the beginning of September 2015.

 

MINI SUMMER FESTIVAL

17TH INTERNATIONAL MINI TEATER’S FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN

 

Ahead of us is a new long and hot (not)Mini Summer when Mini teater is organizing another Mini Summer Festival, the 17th edition of the International children's festival giving us another unforgettable summer on both our venues (at Križevniška Street 1 and at the Ljubljana Castle) full of children's performances and creative workshops! We will be together from the end of June to the beginning of September 2015.

 

OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL

 

MEET AT THE ARK AT EIGHT

SATURDAY, 27. JUNIJ 2015, AT 11 AM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

 

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

 

60’

5+

Language: Slovene

Theatre performance

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

 

 

JURČEK AND THE THREE THIEVES

 

SATURDAY 27. JUNIJ 2015, AT 18.00

KRIŽEVNIŠKA ULICA

 

Partisan puppet theatre was definitely not a sole case of theatre propaganda in Europe during WWII but it has surely represented an important piece in the jigsaw of Slovene partisan art as a continuation of the Sokol puppeteers’ enthusiasm. A piece full of optimism and humour, both crucial during the dark wartime. Jurček and Three Thieves, a play for marionette puppets in four acts, a parody full of happy premonition of the forthcoming peace and freedom, was a hit with the audience not only on the battleground but also in the first months of freedom.

 

Alenka Gerlovič

Direction: Robert Waltl

Performing: Vesna Vončina, Tadej Pišek, Tines Špik, Marko Ujc

Mini teater in cooperation with the Muzejem novejše zgodovine Slovenije and Lutkovnim gledališčem Ljubljana

 

Lutkovna predstava

Trajanje: 40 min

Vstopnice: vstopnine ni

 

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: SEWN JEWELRY

SATURDAY, 27. JUNIJ 2015, AT 10 AM

KRIŽEVNIŠKA ULICA

 

From different colorful textile remnants and buttons of various sizes with the help of needle and thread emerge various decorative ribbons, brooches and other smaller items.

 

Lead by: Anja Jerčič Jakob(KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

SNOW WHITE

 

SATURDAY , 4. JULIJ 2015, AT 5 PM

THW GRAND HOTEL UNION CAFE

 

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 saviour will not be missing even in this Snow White.

 

Recipient of numerous awards directed by Marek Bečka who in Mini teater directed also 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)

 

BRAVE MOLLY

 

SUNDAY 5. JULIJ 2015, AT 6 PM

MINI TEATER, LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

Once upon a time lived a family with many children. Eventhough 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.

 

Brave Molly after eh English fairy tale marks also the return of renowned and many times awarded Czech director Marek Bečka to Mini teater known to the Mini teater audiences already by performances Puss in Boots, The Wishing Table and Snow White.

 

After the English fairy tale: Marek Bečka

Direction and text adaptation: Marek Bečka

Performing: Jose in Robert Korošec

 

40'

3+

Production: Mini teater Ljubljana (Slovenia)

 

THE FROG KING

SUNDAY, 12. JULIJ 2015, AT 6 PM

MINI TEATER, 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 WORKSHOP: JUGGLING & GAMES

SUNDAY, 19. JULIJ 2015, AT 6 PM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

We will get to know all kinds of juggling props: balls, scarves and rotating plates. In the second part we will use some of the juggling props in a game.

 

Led by: Primož Kočar in Oton Korošec (KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: TWINES FOR SKILLED FINGERS

SUNDAY, 26. JULIJ 2015, AT 6 PM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

We will make wool twines with raw colorful wool using felting technique, which can be used as a bracelet, necklace and, of course, as a twine for skilled fingers, an interesting toy, where you can create infinitely interesting figures alone or in pairs.

Lead by: Primož Kočar (KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: JUGGLING & GAMES

SUNDAY, 2. AUGUST 2015 AT 6 PM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

We will get to know all kinds of juggling props: balls, scarves and rotating plates. In the second part we will use some of the juggling props in a game.

 

Lead by: Primož Kočar, Oton Korošec (KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: ROTTATING BUTTONS

SUNDAY, 9. AUGUST 2015 AT 6 PM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

Children will from pieces of wood create an interesting toy that is know by different nations and generations. They will use the technique of grinding wood and get to try to use the Rotating button.

 

Lead by: Samo Gašpešič in Alja Venturini(KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOP: TWINES FOR SKILLED FINGERS

SUNDAY, 16. AUGUST 2015 AT 6 PM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

We will make wool twines with raw colorful wool using felting technique, which can be used as a bracelet, necklace and, of course, as a twine for skilled fingers, an interesting toy, where you can create infinitely interesting figures alone or in pairs.

Lead by: Primož Kočar (KUD Sredina)

Mini teater with KUD Sredina

Free entry

 

REVENIR

FRIDAY, 21 AUGUST AT 8 PM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

»We could imagine something very quiet and soft. See some kind of dance of death in front of us. Mortuary enchantingness. In the darkness and light. A silent dialogue after death. Bodies and words asking beings to come back – from the silent world of the dead – and make love in front of our eyes.« pascal rambert

Concept and direction: Pascal Rambert

Translation: Suzana Koncut

Actors: Anja Novak and Žan Perko

Puppet design: Gregor Lorenci

Sound design: Soprano

Video design: Domen MArtinčič

Animation adviser: Brane Vižintin

Assistant director: Juš A. Zidar

Puppet design assistant: Ivana Matuzović

Making of scenography: Rosana Knavs

Co-production: Mini teater and Novo kazalište Zagreb

With the support of Institut français in the frame of "Theatre export"

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

SATURDAY, 22. AUGUST 2015, AT 11 AM AND 6 PM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

Fairy tale that Madame de Villenueve wrote more than 250 years ago is a tale about love that changes us, about love that shakes os to the core and changes our life. It is a tale about our right to be happy. It is a story about every soul's need and wish to be happy.  But in order to be happy one must follow his dreams and make changes in his life.

 

True beauty lies within one, in the incredible beauty that is hidden in one's soul. Will the magic mirror in which one's soul is reflected show the Beauty ot the Beast thus depends on the soul that is looking in the mirror.

After the fairy tale by Madame de Villeneuve

Direction: Todor Valov

Performing: Nermina Denjo, Igor Vidačković, Diana Ondelj Maksumić, Serđo Radoš, Nedžad Maksumić

Production: Pozorište lutaka Mostar (BIH)

 

Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

45 min

5+

 

THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER

 

SUNDAY, 23. AUGUST 2015, AT 11 AM AND 6 PM

MINI TEATER, LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier is different from all the other soldiers - becouse in the factory they run out of tin they made him only one leg. But on the other hand, he has a preave and loving heart. This is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a tin soldier's love for a ballerina. After several adventures, the tin soldier perishes in a fire with the ballerina.

 

Hans Christian Andersen

Režiser: Evgeny Solovyev

Igrata: Yulia Rikhter, Evgeny Solovyev

Oblikovanje lutk in kostumi: Yulia RIKHTER

Izdelava lutk: Yulia Rikhter

Scenograf: Evgeny Solovyev

Izdelava scene: Evgeny Solovyev

Glasba: P.I.Tchaikovsky

Produkcija: Teatrol-theater (Rusija)

 

Language: Russian

40 min’

Puppet performance

 4+

 

THREE ON A STRAW

 

SATURDAY, 29. AUGUST 2015 AT 5 PM

THE GRAND HOTEL UNION CAFE

 

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.

 

Staffan Björklund

Direction: Erik Olsen

Performing: Staffan Björklund

 

40’

4+

Language: English

Puppet performance

Production: Staffan Björklunds Teater (Sweden)

 

CHICK WITH A TRICK

 

SATURDAY, 29. AUGUST 2015, AT 11 AM AND 6 PM

MINI TEATER, LJUBLJANA CASTLE

 

Chick With A Trick is a performance with puppets for children and family audiences. It tells a story about a Hen who lays a bonbon instead of an egg. Fallen in deep panic, the Hen goes to look for advice and support to her firend the Duck, to the Doctor and to the King, but obsessed by their own troubles, they do not pay attention to her ‘problem’. At the end, inspired by the beautiful sunny day and by the kids,  the Hen convinces herself that there is nothing wrong if one does something unusual and different, specially if brings joy to somebody, for instance to the kids, and also maybe to their parents…

 

Avtor, režiser in producent: Petar Todorov

Izvedba, koreografija in izbor glasbe: Desislava Mincheva

Kostumi, lutke in scenografija: Hanna Schwarz

 

35-40 min'

Language: English

Production: PRO RODOPI ART CENTRE (Bulgaria)

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

SUNDAY, 30. AUGUST 2015, AT 7 PM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

 

PREMIERE: TUESDAY, 1. SEPTEMBER 2015 AT 6 PM  

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

 

A poignant, funny, and child-friendly story about friendship lost … and then found again. What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely.

 

Oliver Jeffers

Izgubljen in najden

O dečku in pingvinu

 

Direction: Zoran Petrović

Pefrorming: Miha Bezeljak

Coproduction: Lutkovno gledališče Maribor, Mini teater and Zavod Moment

 

2+

Puppet performance

 

THREE ON A STRAW

 

SUNADY, 30. AVGUST 2015 AT 11 AM

IN FRONT OF MINI TEATER AT THE 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

Production: Staffan Björklunds Teater (Sweden)

 

OLD MAN AND THE DONKEY

 

SUNDAY, 30. AVGUST 2015 AT 6 PM

MINI TEATER, 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)

 

STRIBOR'S FORREST

 

SATURDAY, 5. SEPTEMBER 2015 AT 11 AM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

 

Stribor's Forrest by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić is one of the most beautiful Croatian fairy tales popular among children as well as adults. For its originality and popularity it is often called even the Croatian Andersen or Tolkien. While the luxurious and thrilling style makes Stribor's Forrest one of the cult texts of the Croatian literature.

Famous Stribor (Striborg) was Slavic god of the wind and forrest. With his overlook and permission we will at the end of the interesting journey through the enchanted forrest discover what is most important in life.

Direction: Senka Bulić

Pefrorming: Senka Bulić, Stipe Kostanić

 

40 min'

5+

Language: Croatian

Production: Kazalište Hotel Bulić (Croatia)

 

THE CLOSING PERFORMANCE OF THE 17TH MINI SUMMER FESTIVAL

AND A PART OF THE EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE PROGRAM

 

WHEN ALL WAS GREEN

 

SUNDAY, 6. SEPTEMBER 2015 AT 10 AM

MINI TEATER, KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1

 

Internationally awarded puppet play without words, that tells the story of mankind, nature and greed. Through old books, recycled bindings and yellowing pages a story is told about a boy and a tree, about childhood and adolescence, about green fields that are lost between grey concrete and about one green bud of hope.

 

45 min'

5+ and the whole family

Production: The Key Theatre (Tel Aviv, Izrael)


OPEN CALL FOR INSPIRING ARTISTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH TEENAGERS THIS AUGUST!

Do you have a passion for working with teenagers? Are you an innovative thinker? Do you want to have some fun?

We are looking for enthusiastic artists (actors, musicians, performers, and others) to volunteer their time in support of a short-term youth program designed for socially disadvantaged teenagers in Ljubljana this summer. The purpose of the program is to expose the participants to a wide range of performative and theatrical approaches to making art. At the end of the program, there will be individual and group performances at Mini Teater created by the participants. 

We are also looking for two multilingual volunteers to provide oral translations during the workshops. 

Workshop dates & Location: 16 to 22 August. MOTO project space, Nove Fužine, Ljubljana

Performance date & Location: 23 August. Mini teater -  Križevniška 1, Ljubljana

Confirmed volunteer teachers:

Aneta Stojnić, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

Sasha Hajzler, Odprti Teater

Nathanael Andreini, independent artist and educator from USA

Vishal Kassie, independent artist from Canada

Program Director: Nathanael Andreini

With support from Mini teater and Zveza Prijateljev Mladine Lj. Moste-Polje

If you would like to propose a workshop, please contact Nathanael with any questions, ideas, and/or encouragement. +386 (0) 40 292 886 || nat.andreini@gmail.com

 


TICKET PRICES

Children Performances: Unified price 3 € 

Creative Workshops: Free entry


 

Program of Mini teater and Mini Summer Festival is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Puppet Nomad Academy IV. The European Commission support for the production of this publication (communication) does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The programme and operation of Mini teater is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana's Department of Culture.