Several times awarded Mini teater’s Snow white is will be a part of International festival of professional children’s theaters that will be in 2012 dedicated to Slovenian puppetry.
Robert Waltl, the president of UNIMA Slovenia prepared together with leaders of Slovenian theaters with the invitation and request of the organizers of the international festival of children’s theater in Banja Luka a special presentation of Slovenian puppetry.
Therefor in terms of the festival Mini teater, Puppet Theater Ljubljana, Puppet theater Maribor and Glej will guest appear. Within the presentation two puppet exhibitions will be set up – one from the pioneer of Slovenian puppetry dr. Milan Klemenčič and exhibition of puppets of great art and puppet creator Agata Freyer Majaron.
After extraordinary successes and numerous awards Mini teater’s Snow white will on Monday, October 8th 2012 guest appear at the International festival of professional children’s theaters in Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where numerous European and world theaters will guest appear from October 7th to October 12th 2012. So far puppet artists from Poland (2007), Bulgaria (2008), Germany (2009), Russia (2010 and Serbia (2011) have participated at the International festival of professional theaters in Banja Luka. In 2012 to the international audience and competitive jury Slovenian puppeteers will present themselves.
At the festival only professional theaters from Europe and the World are participating that create in the field of puppetry, drama, street theater and experimental performances for children and youth. In terms of the international festival each year a Meeting of children’s writers is organized that importantly contributes to presenting children’s literature in connection to theaters for children. For more than 5 years a special place is dedicated to presenting puppetry of one of the nations. In 2012 this honor is given to Slovenia.
Besides Mini teater’s Snow white three more Slovenian performances will be performed. Dr. Faust by Puppet Theater Ljubljana, When Šlemil went to Warsaw by uppet theater Maribor and How Jaromir searched for luck by Glej theater. In terms of the international festival in Banja Luka 2 exhibitions will also be prepared – an exhibition of renowned Slovenian puppet creator Agata Freyer work by curator prof. Edvard Majaron with the help of all the theaters. And an exhibition of Milan Klemenčič from Puppet theater Ljubljana in terms of which Matjaž Loboda will also present Klemenčič’s monograph. Entire event and the presentation of outstanding Slovenian puppet artist and creators will be carried out under the mentorship of the most important puppet organization in Slovenia, the association of Slovenian puppet artists and friends of puppets UNIMA Slovenia (International Union of the Marionette) led by its president Robert Waltl, director and artistic leader of Mini teater.
At the festival that is of competitive nature an international commission will award a Grand Prix, award for best direction, award for best set design, award for music and five equal acting awards. Special award is traditionally given by the director of the festival Predrag Bjelošević that is also the selector of the participating performances.
Less than a month later on November 2nd 2012 the humorous Snow white will set off to Russia to the International festival of puppet theater in Moscow, where Mini teater will on the 4th November 2012 also present itself with the first virtual puppet performance in the World – Thumbelina.
Reinterpretation of Snow White in May 2012 also received a Grand Prix of the 19th International festival of Children’s theater in Subotica Serbia for best performance in whole. The Snow White was in Festival’s 19 year old history first Slovenian performance to receive this award. The director of the performance Marek Bečka at the International Festival in Subotica also received an award for best direction. For incredible animation of puppets Jose and Elena Volpi were responsible in Subotica, Serbia and in Maribor, Slovenia. In Banja Luka and Moscow Jose and Vesna Vončina will be performing.
Marek Bečka’s adaptions are always full of black humor, improvisation and dribbling between different puppet techniques and their stage methodology.In his adaptations he stays loyal to the basic elements but on the other hand with bald approaches shapes his own sharpness of humor, through which real and actual reflection of the world is shown. Therefore the characters of Mini teater’s Snow white are no longer set in the world of magical forest and trees, ideal nature, poisoned apples and magical kisses. But on the other hand there cannot be a Snow white without the evil stepmother, magical mirror, dwarfs and of course the savior. Responsible for incredible animation of the puppets are Jose and Elena Volpi or Vesna Vončina, Czech director, puppeteer, co-founder and member of famous Prague Puppet Theater Buchty a loutky, Marek Bečka in Mini teater also inspires with performances Puss in Boots and The wishing table.
Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
Adaptation: Marek Bečka, Zala Dobovšek
Directed by Marek Bečka
Starring: Elena Volpi/alt. Vesna Vončina, Ajda Toman in Jose/alt. Aljaž Jovanović
Music and Songs: Jose
Production: Mini teater
Puppet performance for children up from 5 years of age.
Duration: 50 minutes
Photos: Miha Fras
Premiere night: September 21st 2010 in terms of Festival Ex Ponto
AWARDS AND PRIZES:
- Award to Marek Bečka for best director at the Biennale of puppet creators 20122 for Snow White
- Award to Elena Volpi for best actress at the Biennale of puppet creators 20122 for Snow White
- Award to Aljaž Jovanović for best actor at the Biennale of puppet creators 20122 for Snow White
- Grand Prix of the festival for best performance in whole at the 19th International festival of children’s theater in Subotica, Serbia – May 2012
- Award for best direction of the 19th International festival of children’s theater in Subotica, Serbia – May 2012 to director Marek Bečka
- “Cat in the bag” award by children’s jury at the 23rd International puppet festival Summer puppet pier 2012 (Maribor, Slovenia) – September 2012
Performance Snow White was created in terms of the European project »Puppet Nomad Academy 1« that is co-financed by the European commission program Culture (2007-2013).
The program and realization of Mini teater is being co-financed by the Ministry for education, science, culture and sport of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department of Culture.