Ljubljana Puppet Theatre

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Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
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Krekov trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
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Uroš Korenčan, Director
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Phone386 (0) 1 300 0971
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Ajda Rooss, Artistic Director
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Nataša Bučar, Public relations
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Past Events
  • 1 July to 5 July 2014
    She, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and The Night Porter, produced by the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, at the Golden Lion - the international festival of the chamber theatre in Umag, Croatia programme
  • 24 June 2014
    Little Salamander Goes across the Road, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 20th International Festival Theatre European Regions in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic programme
  • 22 June to 7 July 2014
    The Tinderbox, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and the interactive exhibition The Garden of Sound by Peter Kus (Federacija Institute, Forum Ljubljana), at the 54th International Children’s Festival at Croatian National Theatre, Šibenik Museum in Šibenik, Croatia programme
  • 5 June 2014
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Tallinn Treff Festival at NUKU Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia programme
  • 10 May 2014
    Turlututu, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 2014 international festival The Magic Curtain in Targovishte, Bulgaria programme
  • 13 April 2014
    Elder's Tale , produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 11 April 2014
    Little Luna and Big Luna, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at the 14th International Naj, naj, naj Festival at City Theatre Žar ptica in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 15 March 2014
    Hervé Tullet’s Turlututu, performed by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, stages at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 8 February 2014
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the Small Size, Big Festival in Newry, Northern Ireland programme
  • 29 November 2013
    Dragica Potočnjak's Real Bad produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, Italy programme
  • 9 November to 13 November 2013
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the Festival Culturescapes Balkan 2013 at Theater im Waaghaus in Winterthur, Switzerland programme
  • 3 November to 4 November 2013
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, and The Trial or The Woeful Story of Joseph K. produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, at the 18th Puppet Theatre Festival Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia programme
  • 26 October 2013
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 13 October to 14 October 2013
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 15th Puppet-Mime Festival of Kilkis at Municipal Theatre Kilkis in Kilkis, Greece programme
  • 26 September 2013
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Bestiaires, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Spectaculo Interesse Festival at Divadlo loutek Ostrava in Ostrava, Czech Republic programme
  • 20 September to 23 September 2013
    Animal Farm and Bestiaires, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes at Salle Arthur, Théâtre de Charleville-Mézières in Charleville-Mézières, France programme
  • 9 September to 14 September 2013
    Puppetry performances The Gruffalo, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Salto Mortale, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and the exhibition Worlds and Heroes, co-organised by Mini Theatre, at the 46th International Puppet Theatre Festival - PIF at Cultural Centre Travno, Kerempuh Satirical Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 22 June 2013
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the International Puppet Festival at Divadlo Drak in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic programme
  • 15 June 2013
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 5th Bratislava Puppet Theatre Festival at Bratislava Puppet Theatre in Bratislava, Slovakia programme
  • 6 June to 8 June 2013
    Morrison and the Four Seasons, produced by Mini Theatre, Hole and Little Salamander Goes Across the Road, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Bestiaires, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Tallinn Treff Festival at NUKU Theatre, Tallinn City Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia programme
  • 15 May 2013
    You Catch! produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and co-produced by Konj Puppet Theatre at the International Festival of Puppet Theatre for Children - LUT Fest in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 3 May to 5 May 2013
    Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Forest of Song co-produced by Glej Theatre at the SLUK Festival at Gallery of Fine Arts in Osijek, Croatia programme
  • 15 April to 17 April 2013
    Little Luna and Big Luna, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Prešeren Theatre Kranj, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, Italy programme
  • 13 April 2013
    Hans Christian Andersen's Elder’s Tale produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at K&K in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme
  • 24 March 2013
    Snow Queen, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the Naj, naj, naj Festival at Žar ptica theatre in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 23 March to 1 April 2013
    When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre and Forbidden Loves produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the 7th Izmir International Puppet Days in Izmir, Turkey programme
  • 14 January 2013
    Snow Queen, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at KC Lojze Bratuž in Gorizia, Italy programme
  • 9 November 2012
    All Different, All Strange, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the 17th Festival of Puppet Theatre Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia programme
  • 6 October to 11 October 2012
    Lalanit and Doctor Faustus produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Mišmaš Bakery and Snow-White produced by Mini Theatre, When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw by Maribor Puppet Theatre, and How Jaromir Sought Happiness produced by Glej Theatre at the International Festival of Children's Theatre in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina programme
  • 7 September to 8 September 2012
    Romeo and Juliet by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw by the Maribor Puppet Theatre at the 45th International Puppet Theatre Festival in Zagreb, Croatia programme
  • 10 June 2012
    Romeo and Juliet directed by Jaka Ivanc and produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the 10th TIBA Festival in Belgrade, Serbia programme
  • 27 May to 2 June 2012
    The Tinderbox directed by Jan Zakonjšek Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the 21. UNIMA Congres & International Puppet Festival in Chengdu, China programme
  • 26 May to 27 May 2012
    Love Dolls and All Different, All Strange, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the Tallinn Treff Festival in Tallinn, Estonia programme
  • 20 September 2011
    Forbidden Loves by Silvan Omerzu produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre at 9th International Puppet Festival Spectaculo Interesse at Divadlo loutek Ostrava in Ostrava, Czech Republic programme
  • 8 September 2011
    Black Cat goes courting directed by Jiří Vyšohlíd, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental, Austria programme



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Ljubljana Puppet Theatre was established in 1948, shaped by various developments in Slovene puppetry during the first half of the 20th century. The theatre focuses on performances for children but also offers a programme for adults. Its productions receive wide national and international acclaim. The production of Spotty the Ball [Žogica Marogica], written by the Czech puppeteer Jan Malik, remains unchanged in the repertory of Ljubljana Puppet Theatre since its première in 1951.

The International Puppetry Association (UNIMA) congress was held in Ljubljana in 1933 already, then in 1992 again, when the new biennial festival was initiated, today known as the Lutke International Puppet Festival.





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Background

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre emerged as a follow-up to numerous semi-professional puppet groups organised since the beginning of the 20th century. Soon after its establishment, the theatre found its own mode of expression and became the leading puppet theatre in the then Yugoslavia. The first seasons focused especially on works by Slovene authors, though the theatre's most important performances were adaptations of foreign works.

At first, the performances were based on the marionette technique, but soon the theatre started to develop also hand puppets. The repertoire included more and more original works by Slovene authors and included an increasing number of collaborators. From the seventies on, the theatre has focused on advancements of technical, technological, and purely puppetry possibilities and cultivates a captivating mixture of classical contents and experiment that result in high quality puppet production. Not surprisingly, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre productions are often included in distinguished Slovene theatre festivals. The theatre has collaborated with great number of renowned theatre directors (Zvone Šedlbauer, Janez Pipan, Robert Waltl, Vinko Möderndorfer, Mile Korun, Silvan Omerzu), visual artists and musicians.

In 2009 the Municipality of Ljubljana merged the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre with the Theatre for Children and Youth (GOML) and incorporated its programme as well as the Golden Stick Festival. The institution's programme is thus divided into Puppetry and Drama departments.

Activities

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre repertory programme encompasses the classical puppetry tradition as well as contemporary forms. The theatre works with domestic as well as with international authors, and is open to young as well as established writers. The theatre cultivates all main puppetry genres (marionette, hand puppets, Java puppets, shadow puppets, mimic puppets) and preserves around 2000 puppets from past performances.

The main target audience is children, however the theatre has expanded its youth and adult programme, thus the programme is divided into two segments, namely, puppet performances and drama performances, including eight to ten premières annually. It also organises puppetry workshops for children and since 2009 also a Puppet Forum, a series of gatherings of puppet creators and the audience, through which the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre wishes to advance the art of puppetry.

Since 1992 Ljubljana Puppet Theatre has organised the biennial Lutke International Puppet Festival, and bestows the Little Prince Awards.

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre has toured in more than 80 cities in 30 countries and received many awards at international festivals, such as the International Puppet Theatre Festival Pierrot (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria), PIF Festival (Zagreb, Croatia), International Puppet Festival Golden Spark (Kragujevac, Serbia), World Festival of Puppet Art (Prague, Czech Republic), etc.

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre also preserves an important collection relating to the Slovene puppetry heritage – see Ljubljana Puppet Theatre Museum Collection. In 2008, on the 60th anniversary of its activities, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre published a book which gives an overview of all its productions and collaborators.

Programme

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre's programme includes stagings of classical children works as well as performances based on fresh children's texts by Slovene authors (Svetlana Makarovič, Boris A. Novak, Vinko Möderndorfer). Among its most successful performances for children is Twinkle Sleepyhead [Zvezdica zaspanka], still in the repertory today but staged for the first time in 1955 (followed by the first Slovene colour feature film, which greatly contributed to the huge success of this first production, though many other successful Slovene and international productions of the play followed in the following years). Another success was This Merry Day or Matiček's Wedding [Ta veseli dan ali Matiček se ženi] (2002) (a Slovene stage classic by A. T. Linhart), directed by the theatre director Vito Taufer. The production won a number of awards, among others, the Little Prince Award for best performance at the Lutke International Puppet Festival, Ljubljana; the award for the best performance at Slovene Drama Week in 2003; the award for the best animation at the International Puppet Theatre Festival - PIF, Zagreb, Croatia. Other favourites have included Streul’s adaptation of a famous Mozart opera Papageno Is Playing the Magic Flute [Papageno igra na čarobno pišča] (2002) in co-operation with Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana and directed by Diego de Brea and Sapra Mouse [Sapramiška] (1986), written by the widely translated Slovene poet and children's writer Svetlana Makarovič.

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre's recent performances include a highly engaged puppet performance for adults about alienation in contemporary society Love Dolls (2009), co-produced with the Dutch DudaPaiva Company, which fuses modern dance, puppetry, music and multimedia, The Lost Tune [Izgubljeni ton], co-produced by Forum Ljubljana, based on the motif of the Chinese legend about the empire which has lost its primary tune, and Doctor Faustus [Doktor Faust], based on the motifs from the first Slovene production of the play by Milan Klemenčič, the founder of Slovene puppetry, after whom the most prominent Slovene award for achievement in puppetry is named (Klemenčič Award). The performance is a rarity in an international context as it uses puppets from the original staging.

Venues

  • Large hall

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Type of venue: theatre hall; main use: puppetry performances; seating: 253 seats total; performing area: 10m W x 12m D x 3.4m H, flat wooden stage floor suitable for dance; wing spaces: 1.2m W SR, 1.2m W SR; suspension equipment: 3 lines, maximum load 125kg; soft hangings: black house curtain, black legs and borders; lighting: Compulite 164-channel desk, basic lighting rig; sound: Soundcraft K2 mixer, 8 loudspeakers, 12 microphones; stage equipment: stage lift; backstage: 4 dressing rooms accommodating 24 persons, technical crew available; climate control: air-conditioned; availability: available for hire

  • Small Hall

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Type of venue: theatre hall; main use: puppetry performances; seating: 100 seats total; performing area: 5m W x 5-6m D x 4.2m H flat wooden stage floor suitable for dance; wing spaces: 1m W SR, 1m W SL; soft hangings: black house curtain, black legs and borders; lighting: Compulite 68-channel desk, basic lighting rig; sound: Soundcraft K1 mixer, 2 loudspeakers, 4 microphones; stage equipment: stage lift (aluminium structure); backstage: 4 dressing rooms accommodating 24 persons, technical crew available; climate control: air-conditioned; availability: available for hire

  • Stage Under the Stars

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Type of venue: multipurpose hall; main use: puppetry performances; seating: 300 seats total; performing area: 8m W x 30m D x 2.6m H to stage canopy, parquet floor unsuitable for dance; wing spaces: formed by removable panels; soft hangings: details on request; lighting: Compulite 36-channel desk, basic lighting rig; sound: Yamaha 12:4 mixer, 6 loudspeakers, 6 microphones; film equipment: 35mm and 16mm cinema projection equipment and cinema screen; backstage: no dressing rooms, technical crew available; climate control: air-conditioned; availability: available for hire

  • Culturoom

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Type of venue: theatre hall; main use: puppetry performances; seating: 70 seats total; performing area: 5m W x 5m D x 3.4m H, flat wooden floor suitable for dance; wing spaces: none; soft hangings: black house curtain, black legs and borders; lighting: 12-channel analog desk, basic lighting rig; sound: Soundcraft 12:2 mixer, 2 loudspeakers, 6 microphones; backstage: 1 dressing room accommodating 4-6 persons, technical crew available; climate control: air-conditioned; availability: available for hire

  • Tunnel

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