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Art Education Activities

Here at Puppet Theatre Maribor, we take the arts and cultural education that we provide very seriously. This stems from our conviction that an artistic experience by itself holds a certain educational value which is hard to replace through other media; this is why the chosen contents were designed as a supplement to the main production of the theatre. It seems reasonable that the programmes act as an extension to the experience of seeing a performance and not as a stand-alone event, even though we understand that curriculums are always short of time and bring specific demands, and are thus considering alternative options.

On no account can these programmes replace the invaluable role of parents as partners in the safe dialogue after a visit to the theatre, nor can they replace the pedagogic nurture the children receive when they return to school or kindergarten. However, they are an outstanding aid and a decent guideline. Some of our programmes are designed to pass on as much information as possible about puppet theatre as a complex art form, while others actively involve the children in the creative process. Especially conversations are a good tool to actively deepen their artistic experience and foster a conscious aesthetic reflection. This is the programme we offer – it is up to the experts and parents to decide which event is most suitable in a given situation. 

You can contact Tanja Lužar for all Art Education Activities. 

Behind the Curtain

We uncover the secrets of the backstage. You are invited to watch a show; afterwards we will answer all your questions together with the actors, animators and other co-workers, and explain the creation of a performance, step by step. We explain the role of all the directors, dramaturges, set designers, costume designers, puppet technicians and so on, who are never seen on stage. We show the most interesting set and stage elements and demonstrate their operation.

Contents and length (1–2 class periods) can be adjusted to the age of the participants.

The programme is also suitable for cultural days for groups from kindergarten, primary, and secondary schools.

4€; half price in combination with attending a performance. 

Behind the Curtain <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Puppet Physics 101

Puppets can hang on threads, be put on a stick, or worn on a hand like a glove. They can be shadows or objects. They come in all possible shapes, sizes and colours, and are made from a myriad of materials in various techniques. The making of puppets in various techniques in the hands of theatre masters as well as the tools and procedures required will be explained and presented during a visit to our puppet workshop. Ultimately, we will invite you to make your own puppet, of course with a helping hand from us.

The content and length (1–3 class periods) can be adjusted to the age of the participants and the areas you wish us to focus on.

The programme is also suitable for technical or cultural days.

4€ / 5€ (including puppet making); half price in combination with attending a performance. 

Puppet Physics 101 <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Time window

The old walls of the Minorite Monastery, dating to the 13th century, hide a rich and fascinating history. The imposing historical building on the Drava terrace is not only a white beauty and a shelter for puppets, but also a venerable teller of tales about its own history. The entire complex is rounded into a whole by the rather spacious 12th century Romanesque single-nave church, remodeled and rebuilt several times and beautifully renovated in 2014 and 2015; several archaeological finds, unearthed during that renovation, have turned previous knowledge about the past of this local area upside down.

A stroll through the building where old and new intertwine in a balanced harmony, including a visit to the Time Window, challenges our established notions about ourselves, about history, and about the significance of the city.

This guided tour of the building can optionally be combined with any of our other programmes.

4€; half price in combination with attending a performance or other contents. 

Time Window <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Discussions on Performances

As the performances in the repertoire at Puppet Theatre Maribor are thematically well-considered and convey a clear message, they prompt us to think and to talk; sometimes we are shamelessly provoked, at other times gently touched; occasionally we are teased and prompted to examine our values. The discussions after the performances include guidelines for a better understanding, raise creative storms, and provide an environment for exchanging opinions and impressions. The discussions offer valuable opportunities to question particular topics, themes, and motifs used in the play, as well as the visual, technological and other elements of a given performance. A list of suitable topics can be found under the descriptions of each performance.

The conversations can be organized, free of charge, after attending performances for individual season ticket holders or according to prior agreement for closed groups.

Price for groups
2€ per person. 

Discussions on Performances <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

Puppet Holidays

Creative workshops for children

Even during autumn and winter holidays, puppets never rest. Fairytales are alive as well, and await the children to dive into them. Each day of the holidays brings a different story and a different puppet. The puppets are born from textiles, wood, styrofoam and other waste materials which we cut with scissors, paint, glue, and give it all our creativity; we also create masks and costumes, and design sound and light.

Dates: Monday–Friday.

2€ per day.

Puppet Holidays <em>Photo: Boštjan Lah </em>

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