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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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Ajda Rooss, Artistic Director
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Past Events
  • 18 September to 19 September 2017
    Open the Owl, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Salle Mantova in Charleville-Mézières, France
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  • 18 September to 20 September 2017
    Somewhere Else, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and A Child’s Dream of a Star, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, at Zagreb Puppet Theatre, Zagreb Youth Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 30 June to 30 September 2017
    The pioneers of European puppetry, an exhibition featuring Milan Klemenčič's puppets (Museum of Puppetry), in the framework of the All Strings Attached: Pioneers of the European Puppetry Behind the Scenes, a Creative Europe project organised in cooperation with Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at International Centre Vittorio Podrecca – Maria Signorelli’s in Cividale del Friuli/Čedad, Italy
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  • 28 June to 2 July 2017
    Seminars, workshops, an exhibition and Doctor Faustus, a performance produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, in the framework of the Creative Europe project All Strings Attached: Pioneers of the European Puppetry Behind the Scenes at Teatro Adelaide Ristori Cividale in Cividale del Friuli/Čedad, Italy
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  • 13 April 2017
    Elder's Tale , produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 19 March to 20 March 2017
    A Little Lamp, Pea and Feather, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Sala Cuarta Pared in Madrid, Spain
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  • 10 March to 11 March 2017
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Théâtre Outremont in Montreal, Canada
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  • 18 November to 30 November 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, and Doctor Faustus, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 7th Lutkokaz Puppetry Festival at Branko Mihaljević Children's Theatre in Osijek, Croatia
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  • 4 November to 6 November 2016
    Little Blue and Little Yellow, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 21st International Puppet Theatre Festival at City Puppet Theatre in Rijeka, Czech Republic
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  • 15 October 2016
    Goose the Bear, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at K & k in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 29 September to 30 September 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Goldilocks, produced by Mini Theatre, at the 23rd International Children’s Theatre Festival Subotica at Dezső Kosztolányi Theatre, Subotica Children's Theatre in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 24 September to 25 September 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Museu da Marioneta in Lisbon, Portugal
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  • 17 September 2016
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 11th International Puppet Theatre Festival Synergura at Theater Waidspeicher in Erfurt, Germany
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  • 14 September to 15 September 2016
    Freaks, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, Tomorrow’s Party, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, In the Land of Finger Puppets, produced by Zapik Theatre in association with the House of Children and Art, and Snow White, produced by Mini Theatre, as well as a book presentation of Edi Majaron’s Vera v lutko at 49th International Puppet Theatre Festival PIF at Etno Art Gallery, Travno Cultural Centre, Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb Puppet Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 3 September 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 22nd International Puppet Theatre Festival Three Are Too Many, Two – Not Enough at Chamber Hall Drama Theatre Nikolay Masalitinov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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  • 25 June 2016
    Scary Fairy, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Šibenik International Children’s Festival at Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik, Croatia
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  • 17 June to 21 June 2016
    Practical Advice to Well-Behaved Children, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and Mission X, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 22nd International Festival Theatre European Regions at Drak Theatre in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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  • 12 June 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 32nd Skupa´s Pilsen International Theatre Festival at Theatre Alfa in Plzeň, Czech Republic
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  • 9 June 2016
    Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 28th International Theatrical Festival Valise at Miejski Dom Kultury in Łomża, Poland
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  • 3 June 2016
    A Little Lamp, Pea and Feather, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Tallinn Treff Festival at Vene Teater in Tallinn, Estonia
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  • 8 May 2016
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 27th International Puppet Theatre Festival SommerTraumHafen at Schlosstenne Burgstall in Wies, Austria
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  • 6 April to 11 April 2016
    Catch Me!, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the Puppet Animation Festival 2016 at Cumbernauld Theatre, Lochgelly Centre, North Berwick Community Centre, Rothes Halls, The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Glenrothes, Lochgelly, North Berwick, United Kingdom
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  • 29 March to 31 March 2016
    Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 16 Festival MARTO at Théâtre La Piscine in Châtenay-Malabry, France
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  • 19 March to 20 March 2016
    A Little Lamp, Pea and Feather, written and directed by Katja Povše and produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Teatro Cuarta Pared in Madrid, Spain
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  • 3 March to 20 March 2016
    A Little Lamp, Pea and Feather, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, A Story about a Boy and a Penguin and Little Blue and Little Yellow, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and Little Night Tales and Pulcinella, produced by Teatro matita, the exhibition Contemporary Slovenian Puppet Theatre, the workshop Secret of Life Buttons, and the conference Slovenian Puppetry Today with Jelena Sitar and Mojca Redjko (Maribor Puppet Theatre) during Focus Slovenia at the 10th Izmir International Puppet Days at Balçova Kipa AVM, Çiğli Kipa AVM, Fatih Koleji, Han Tiyatrosu, İzmir Mimarlık Merkezi, İzmir Sanat in Izmir, Turkey
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  • 30 November 2015
    Emil and the Detectives, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 3 November to 7 November 2015
    Forest of Songs, conceived, directed and music by Peter Kus, with art by Kaja Avberšek, co-produced by Glej Theatre and Federacija Institute, Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 20th Festival of Puppet Theatre Rijeka at Croatian Cultural Centre Šušak in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 17 October 2015
    Mojca Pokrajculja, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 24 September 2015
    Krabat, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the 9th International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival "Pierrot" at State Opera in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
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  • 21 September to 25 September 2015
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, The Trial or The Woeful Story of Joseph K., produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, and The Room, produced by Nebo Puppet Theatre, at the World Puppet Theatre Festival, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Paris, at 75 Forest Avenue No. 2, Le Temple in Charleville-Mézières, France
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  • 18 September 2015
    Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 21st Subotica International Festival of Children's Theatres at Dezső Kosztolányi Theatre in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 15 September to 18 September 2015
    Little Blue and Little Yellow, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, Duck, Death and the Tulip, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and This Is Ernest, produced by Nebo Puppet Theatre, at 48th International Puppet Theatre Festival PIF at Travno Cultural Centre, Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb Puppet Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 10 August to 11 August 2015
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the International Festival of Puppet Theatre, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at The Khan Theater in Jerusalem, Israel
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  • 17 June 2015
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the MATEŘINKA Festival at Naive Theatre of Liberec in Liberec, Czech Republic
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  • 5 June to 7 June 2015
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and The Trial or The Woeful Story of Joseph K., produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, at the 9th Tallinn Treff Festival at NUKU Theatre, Patarei Prison in Tallinn, Estonia
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  • 2 June 2015
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 21st International Puppet Theatre Festival at Kaunas Chamber Theatre in Kaunas, Lithuania
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  • 18 May 2015
    Animal Farm, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Subotica International Festival of Children’s Theatres at Dezső Kosztolányi Theatre in Subotica, Serbia
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  • 19 March 2015
    Turlututu, co-produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 9th Izmir International Puppet Days at İTÜ Geliştirme Vakfı Okulları in Izmir, Turkey
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  • 27 September 2014
    Four Black Ants, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 11 September to 20 September 2014
    100 Years of Slovene Puppet Art, an exhibition by Mini Theatre, Little Salamander Goes across the Road, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and The Boy Who Became a Hedgehog, produced by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, at the 47th PIF International Puppet Theatre Festival at Kulturni center Travno in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 5 June 2014
    The Bremen Musicians, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the Tallinn Treff Festival at NUKU Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia
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  • 10 May 2014
    Turlututu, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at the 2014 international festival The Magic Curtain in Targovishte, Bulgaria
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  • 11 April to 16 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
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  • 15 March 2014
    Hervé Tullet’s Turlututu, performed by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, stages at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 8 February 2014
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at the Small Size, Big Festival in Newry, United Kingdom
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  • 29 November 2013
    Dragica Potočnjak's Real Bad produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 26 October 2013
    You Catch!, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre, at K&K Center in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 Branko Mihaljević Children's Theatre, Gallery of Fine Arts in Osijek, Croatia
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  • 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/Trst, Italy
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  • 13 April 2013
    Hans Christian Andersen's Elder’s Tale produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at K&K in St. Johann im Rosental/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 24 March 2013
    Snow Queen, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the Naj, naj, naj Festival at Žar ptica theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 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
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  • 14 January 2013
    Snow Queen, produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, at KC Lojze Bratuž in Gorizia/Gorica, Italy
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  • 9 November 2012
    All Different, All Strange, produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the 17th Festival of Puppet Theatre Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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/Šentjanž v Rožu, Austria
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  • 5 September to 11 September 2011
    Four musicians by Mitja Solce, Lost tone by Peter Kus, produced by Forum Ljubljana and Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at PIF Zagreb, International Puppet Theatre Festival, at Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka - Scena Travno in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 2 September 2011
    Forbidden Loves by Silvan Omerzu produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre at 43th International Puppet Theatre Festival PIF in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 20 August 2010
    Forbidden Loves by Silvan Omerzu produced by Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Konj Puppet Theatre at 15th Pécs International Puppet Festival for Adults in Pécs, Hungary
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  • 3 June 2010
    Sleeping Beauty produced by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre at the XXIII. International Puppet Festival Valise in Łomža, Poland
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The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (LPT) is the central puppet theatre in Slovenia, running a varied programme of puppet and also theatre performances. Mainly – though not exclusively – intended for children and youth, the theatre encompasses both traditional puppetry as well as its many contemporary forms. Involved in various international endeavours and working with domestic as well as foreign authors, its productions are often included at distinguished theatre and puppetry festivals in Slovenia and abroad. Established in 1948, it is still actively shaping the development of puppetry as such.

The theatre organises the Lutke International Puppet Festival and co-produces the Golden Stick Festival, both taking place every second year. Having merged with the Theatre for Children and Youth (GOML) in 2009, LPT also sets up children's and youth theatre productions. The Museum of Puppetry, another project co-founded by the theatre, opened its doors in 2015 and is stationed at the Ljubljana Castle.

Background

Established as the City Puppet Theatre, LPT emerged as a follow-up to numerous semi-professional puppet groups organised in the region since the beginning of the 20th century. The theatre fast developed its own mode of expression and soon became the leading puppet theatre in the then Yugoslavia. At first, the performances were based on the marionette technique, but later it also got engaged in the possibilities of hand puppetry. However, from the seventies onward the theatre has been consistently trying to advance the technological and dramatic possibilities of puppetry, cultivating a captivating mixture of classical contents and experimentation.

Though it initially focused on works by Slovene authors, the theatre's most important early performances were adaptations of foreign works. One such production is the Spotty the Ball [Žogica Marogica], written by the Czech puppeteer Jan Malik, which remains unchanged in the repertory ever since its premiere in 1951. Another timeless hit appears to be the Twinkle Sleepyhead [Zvezdica zaspanka], written by Frane Milčinski - Ježek and in the repertory since 1955. It was followed by the same-titled film, the first Yugoslav colour marionette film that greatly contributed to its huge success.

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Main activities

Besides its regular performances the theatre runs two festivals and is extremely active on the international stage. It also organises puppetry workshops and is generally devoting a lot of attention to various educational activities through which it wishes to advance the art of puppetry. To this end it thus systemically collaborates with schools across Slovenia.

The theatre cultivates all the main puppetry genres (marionette, hand puppets, Java puppets, shadow puppets, mimic puppets; it also develops new ones), and preserves more than 2000 puppets from past performances. It keeps an important collection relating to the Slovene puppetry heritage – see the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre Museum Collection, now partly incorporated into the Museum of Puppetry.

Repertoire

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre repertory programme is divided into two segments, puppet performances and drama performances, with about fifteen premières annually. The programme includes stagings of classical works as well as performances based on fresh texts by emerging as well as established Slovene authors (Svetlana Makarovič, Boris A. Novak, and Silvan Omerzu being among the more prominent ones), yet also of many writers from elsewhere.

LPT has collaborated with several Slovene directors specialised in puppetry as for example Silvan Omerzu, Jan Zakonjšek, Brane Vižintin, Eka Vogelnik, Barbara Bulatović, Matija Solce, or Anja Valcl, and with a great number of renowned theatre directors Zvone Šedlbauer, Mile Korun, Janez Pipan, Vinko Möderndorfer, Jaka Ivanc, Ivana Djilas, Jaša Kocelli. They hosted also international directors Yulia Roschina, Chiara Guidi, Jiří Havelka, Renaud Herbin, and Fabrizio Montecchi,

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Notable performances

With all the curious new productions, many of which stand out in significant ways, but a few important works can be mentioned. For example, a few striking creations by the renowned Slovene artist Silvan Omerzu (Konj Puppet Theatre), i.e. Forbidden Loves, based on antique motifs, and awarded in Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria in 2010, and an interpretation of Pinnochio, featuring different puppet techniques and dimensions, acting, shadows and music.

Doctor Faustus [Doktor Faust] is based on the motifs from the first Slovene production of the play (1938) by Milan Klemenčič, the founder of Slovene puppetry, after whom the most prominent Slovene award for achievement in puppetry is named (Klemenčič Award). The slightly refreshed performance still uses puppets from the original staging.

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Tours and international awards

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

International projects

Ljubljana Puppet Theatre has been awarded funds from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union for a project entitled All Strings Attached: Pioneers Of European Puppetry Behind the Scenes. A more recent international project is also the Numeric’s Art Puppetry Project, an enterprise of developing and staging the various intersections between puppetry, technology and digital arts.

An example of international co-production was LPT's 2009 performances that included a highly engaged puppet performance for adults about alienation in contemporary society. Love Dolls (2009), co-produced with the Dutch DudaPaiva Company, curiously fused modern dance, puppetry, music and multimedia.

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The theatre is a member of the International Puppetry Association UNIMA, of which first congress was held in Ljubljana in 1933, and then repeated in 1992 again (the Lutke festival was initiated on that occasion). It also a member of ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People; Small Size, the international association focused on productions for early years (under six years of age); and is one of the founding members of NEECPA, a network of puppet centres joining primarily the key players from Scandinavia, the Baltic region and Russia.

Venues

  • Large hall, 253 seats total.

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  • Small Hall, 100 seats total.

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  • Stage Under the Stars, 300 seats total.

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  • Culturoom, 70 seats total.

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  • Tunnel

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See also

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