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Duration of the project:

May 1st 2015 - April 30th 2016

Location: Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech republic

 

Project coordinator:

Mini teater, Slovenia

Partners:

Novo kazalište Zagreb, Croatiy

Pro Rodopi Fundation, Bulgaria

Buchty a Loutky, Czech Republik

Staffan Björklunds Teater, Sweden

 

Project Activities:

1. Kick off meeting; Ljubljana; All partners

2. Performance Capital; Zagreb, Ljubljana; Mini teater, Novo kazalište

3. New puppet performance Jurček and Three Thieves; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Mini teater, Buchty a Loutky

4. Performance The Shit Book: The Poop Book; Ljubljana ; Mini teater, Novo kazalište. As a part of the project Workshops of dramaturgy and computer animation were carried out.

5. CZ performance at Pegasus International Puppet festival; Sweden; Buchty a Loutky, Mini teater, Staffan Björklunds teater

6. Slovene performance at Pegasus International, Snow White; Sweeden; Staffan Björklunds teater teater, Mini teater

7. New puppet performance About a Boy and a Penguine; Ljubljana; Slovenia  Mini teater, Novo kazalište

8. Swedish performance on tour at Slovene Festival - Mini Summer; Ljubljana; Staffan Björklunds teater, Mini teater

9. Mini teater's performance Brave Molly on Festival Buchty a Loutky detem; Prague; Buchty a Loutky, Mini teater, Staffan Björklunds teater

10. WS on the topic Czech puppet; Prague; Buchty a Loutky, Mini teater, Staffan Björklunds teater

11. Mini teater's puppet performance Snow White on Festival for children and youth audiences (Adults Forbidden); Smolyan, Bolgaria; Mini teater, Pro Rodopi Foundation, Staffan Björklunds teater

12. Workshops and new performance in Slovenia, directed by Marek Bečka (with partners team) - Goldilocks; Ljubljana; Mini teater, Buchty a Loutky, Pro Rodopi Foundation, Staffan Björklunds teater

13. Exhibition Czech Puppets; Ljubljana; Mini teater, Buchty a Loutky

14. Project meeting, Ljubljana; All partners

15. WS and prepare new performance with CZ, Slovene and Sweden artist (Robert Smolik in Tomas Prochazka) - Adventures of Professor Kurama, The Inventor; Ljubljana; Mini teater, Buchty a Loutky, Pro Rodopi Foundation, Staffan Björklunds teater

16. Workshops and preparation of a new performance, directed by Petar Todorov with partners artist - Little Stories about Love (Slovenia, Sweden, CZ), Ljubljana; Mini teater, Buchty a Loutky, Pro Rodopi Foundation, Staffan Björklunds teater

17. Project management; Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, CZ, Sweden; All partners              

18. Project Promotion and Dissemination of the Results; Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, CZ, Sweden; All partners              

19. Audit; Slovenia; Mini teater

 

Short description of the PNA 4 project:

The project will encompass activities aimed at improving the contacts and exchange of knowledge among the partner countries. The goal of the project is also establishing contact between the younger generation, emerging from universities, and older, experienced artists. But mostly, it is about implementing the ancient Greek method of transferring knowledge and skills from the masters to the young.

 The proposed project is similar to this in the aspect of being predominantly intended for the mobility of artists, education and creation of different puppet performances of different techniques and with diverse direction concepts.

The basic purpose of the project is the organization of workshops which will allow young puppeteers and actors to meet the masters of theatre and together create different performances. All the teams are fully international and all include artists from different countries and environments, creating together on a common theme. The themes cover a wide assortment ranging from classical motifs to new original texts, which will be written especially for these pieces. Great emphasis will be put on improvisation throughout the process.

After the the completion of the performances, great intention will be paid to the presentation of the projects in different environments the authors themselves stamm from.

Apart from the performances themselves, touching upon themes such as friendship, violence among children, fear of difference or sexuality, there are three further projects specifically created for encounters with sensitive themes the children experience in the period of groving up. Poo, Death and Love (interactive and intermedia performance and intermedia sculpture for the youngest children and adults, or respectively, a communication-education and emmancipatory process).

 

About the project:

The project will encompass activities aimed at improving the contacts and exchange of knowledge among the partner countries. The goal of the project is also establishing contact between the younger generation, emerging from universities, and older, experienced artists. But mostly, it is about implementing the ancient Greek method of transferring knowledge and skills from the masters to the young.

 The proposed project is similar to this in the aspect of being predominantly intended for the mobility of artists, education and creation of different puppet performances of different techniques and with diverse direction concepts.

The basic purpose of the project is the organization of workshops which will allow young puppeteers and actors to meet the masters of theatre and together create different performances. All the teams are fully international and all include artists from different countries and environments, creating together on a common theme. The themes cover a wide assortment ranging from classical motifs to new original texts, which will be written especially for these pieces. Great emphasis will be put on improvisation throughout the process.

After the the completion of the performances, great intention will be paid to the presentation of the projects in different environments the authors themselves stamm from.

Apart from the performances themselves, touching upon themes such as friendship, violence among children, fear of difference or sexuality, there are three further projects specifically created for encounters with sensitive themes the children experience in the period of groving up. Poo, Death and Love (interactive and intermedia performance and intermedia sculpture for the youngest children and adults, or respectively, a communication-education and emmancipatory process).

Basic activities and aims are artist creativity and post-creativity. This is represented by the production of quality puppet and theatre performances in co-operation with artist from different artistic environment (more than 135 artist currently work  and create within the theatre-they are from Slovenia, other EU countries, also from Croatia, Serbia, Russia, Belarus, Armenia,  Montenegro and BiH. The Mini teater is dedicated mainly to puppets, which does not prevent them from producing also acted performances for adults and youth. In creating the programme, the staging of Slovene text (preferably from Slovene national heritage) in a must, yet the promotion of contemporary world drama texts for adults is also important as well as the establishment of new approaches in directing or working with Slovene and international stage directors and actors. The importance of Mini teater activity within the Slovene  cultural space is proven also by the constantly rising number of performances.

Mini teater will be project leader for several project activities: Conceptual Role, Management and Coordination of the project; Together with partner selection of performances and participating people on workshops and other work; Hosting Workshops, facilliating work with artists, director, technicians,  hosting performances:  Others as agreed with partners. 

Priority 1.1 - Supporting actions providing cultural and creative players with skills, competences and know-how that contribute to strengthening the cultural and creative sectors, including encouraging adaptation to digital technologies, testing innovative approaches to audience development and testing of new business and management models

Priority 1.2 - Supporting actions enabling cultural and creative  players to cooperate internationally and to internationalise their careers and activities in the Union and beyond, when possible on the basis of long-term strategies

Priority 1.3 - Providing support to strengthen European cultural and creative organisations and international networking in order to facilitate access to professional opportunities

Priority 2.1 - Supporting international cultural activities, such as for instance touring events, exhibitions, exchanges and festivals

Priority 2.3 - Supporting audience development as a means of stimulating interest in and improving access to European cultural and creative works and tangible and intangible cultural heritage

Mini teater stands as proof of how the European idea of mobility and connecting artists truly lives. In the past project, our Puppet Nomad Academy included artist from Belgium, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Serbia and Italy. We regularly collaborate with artist from Cyprus, Greece, USA, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Israel, Macedonia and Turkey.

Apart from the participation in our workshops and preparation of new puppet and theatre performances, cultural exchange is another vital part of the Mini teater's credo. Our performances tour not only around Europe, but all other continents as well - Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia.

There are probably not many institutions within the EU, to boast such an extensive range of international activity, as Mini teater. Within the frame of its programmes and festivals in Ljubljana, it hosts artists from all over the world, not only for guest performances, but also for projects the artists prepare in Ljubljana.

The specific project proposal at hand bears this same character - a mixing of artists from different circles in education, creation and final  presentation of artistic products.