Fisherman Taro 3+
Once upon a time, on a tiny island somewhere in Japan there lived a fisherman called Taro Urashima. One day, when he was walking along the coast, he saw a group of village children who were torturing a turtle. He saved her. A few days later when he was fishing as usual, the saved tortoise visited him and spoke to him, "My Sovereign, Princess Oto-hime, would like to thank you for saving my life. She asked me to take you to Dragon Palace." Taro did not tarry – he promptly sat on the turtle’s back and they plunged deep towards the bottom of the sea...
Like Taro we will also courageously set off along the meandering paths of apple parades in Iida, cute offices in Tokyo and delicious white coffee in Prague, on an exotic journey straight into the heart of Japanese puppet tradition. As the director said, "An unusually invigorating Maribor breeze is blowing through the branches of one of the world's most popular Japanese fairytales."
"/.../From Kulturaža attends Fisherman Taro, an article by Peter Rak, Delo, 6th November 2012:
In his performance, Sawa demonstrates almost everything that can be done in (puppet) theatre. The show continues with an uninterrupted string of optical illusions which hand in hand with a classical inventory, puppets, likeable and a bit less likeable freaks, lighting, and shadow effects carve out not just a framework, but the story itself. The performance is brought closer to the Slovenian public not just through a translation, but also through outstanding songs by Amelia Kraigher. With this, the audience can better relate to the events on stage and individual scenes are thoughtfully interconnected, even though the events slip into each other like butter anyway. Recent puppetry and acting creations from Puppet Theatre Maribor once again prove that along with the new premises in the Minorite buildings they received an outstanding ensemble of actors as well. They managed to stage a very convincing project that seems to be flirting with music theatre in its ambitions./.../"
Premiere — 2. November 2012