Ivan Peternelj

Actors and animators:
Barbara Kukovec, Damjana Černe, Akira Hasegawa and Ivan Peternelj

Irena Štaudohar

Set design:
Ema Kugler

Costume design:
Elena Fajt Velikonja

Costumes made by:
Barbara Hvala

Irena Urankar

Light composition:
Miran Šuštaršič

Technical manager:
Borut Cajnko

Nataša Zavolovšek


Mini teater

Opening performance:
March 2005

Duration 45 min

Puppet and theatre performance for children from 5 years up

About the performance

One night two dwarves appear in the middle of a boy's room. Blaž, the boy, wakes up all frightened. The two dwarves reveal him their secret: They are chasing the moonlight which will help them to rescue Avgusta. Avgusta is a fairy bewitched by the wizard Habada. She is closed up in her castle, so she cannot sprinkle morning dew over the meadows and fields. All the crops are dying because of the draught. There is too little time available to reach Avgusta's castle, so the two dwarves must stop the Time. They catch the moonlight into a jug, they stop the Time and the come to Avgusta's castle just in time for the final count down. When the moonlight spills across the castle rooms the bad Hadaba evaporates, and the spell is broken: Avgusta changes from a snake back to a green-haired fairy. The Good prevails over the Bad.

Gradual awakening is typical for every childhood. A young person starts being aware of him/herself and the surrounding world. Childhood is a period of great emotional intensity During his adaptation to the outer world the child has to go through many a psychological stress. Fairy tales dealing with Good and Evil represent their first contact with the ethics. Fairy figures and symbols represent the truth from some other world. This is the world of child's imgination where the first psychological battles are fought within the long journey of a child growing up to adulthood. If the Sleeping Beauty and Snowhite are the first metaphors for the soul of the European man, then Avgusta is the source picture of the Nature in the pagan Slavic heritage; and Hadaba as the evil figure is her opposite. The story deals with the process of individualisation: The boy Blaž enters his magic world where he meets a girl; or perhaps it is about the girl Avgusta, calling the boy through her wish to rescue her from dark imprisonment. In some way, the story is about love. The civilised world that Blaž is living in is facing Nature in its purest form, represented by Avgusta.