On Monday, May 14, 2007, the virtual puppet performance Thumbelina directed and played by Robert Waltl will take part in the International Festival of Art Animation EUROMARIONETE Arad 2007 in Romania. The festival embracing different cultures and creativity from different countries takes place from May 7 to 16 in the Puppet Theatre in Arad.
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 will perform Thumbelina in English and Romanian.At the end of May the performance will take part also in the international festival in Prague in Czeck Republic.