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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Petra Škofič, Public relations
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Phone386 (0) 1 548 45 43
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Past Events


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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.

The Museum of Puppetry, a joint project of Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and the Ljubljanski grad Public Institute, opens end of May 2015 at Ljubljana Castle.


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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.

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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, which is going to be incorporated into the Museum of Puppetry which opens end of May 2015 at Ljubljana Castle.

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.

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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.

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LGL produced together with Konj Puppet Theatre a few creations by a renown Slovene artist Silvan Omerzu, i.e. Forbidden Loves, based on antique motifs, and awarded in Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria in 2010, and the new Pinnochio interpretation and stage visualisation featuring puppets of different techniques and dimensions, acting, shadows and music.

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Venues

  • Large hall

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

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  • Small Hall

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

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  • Stage Under the Stars

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

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  • Culturoom

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

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  • Tunnel

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