Back to Bullerbyn 15+
Based on motifs from Astrid Lindgren’s The Six Bullerby Children / LGM and Športniki coproduction
The Swedes gave the world the Nobel Prize, Vikings, Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman, Ingemar Stenmark, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Abba, Ikea, H&M, the blue-yellow color combination, a complicated language, Pippi Longstocking, etc. With the Slovenian-Czech adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's novel The Six Bullerby Children (which is rather less known in Slovenia) we wish to repay the Swedes at least a fraction of their kindness.
If Pippi Longstocking reminds you of your childhood, the cup of hot chocolate before sleep, the wish to be strong and independent, treasure hunts and everlasting friendship, then Back to Bullerbyn will leave you thinking about what happens to these ideals when we grow up. Can Pippi Longstocking and the Bullerbyn Children hold on to the magic? Does magic even exist? Or is it rather that memories are misleading and our childhood never really was that colorful?
At the Czech national festival One Flew Over the Puppeteer's Nest in November 2011, Back to Bullerbyn received the prestigious award Erik for the best Czech performance in the past season.
About the award:
"In terms of handcraft, the performance is perfect," said Luděk Richter, one of the festival organizers. The authors of this playful performance filled the scenery with dance and live music, while The Six Bullerby Children by Astrid Lindgren served merely as an inspiration.
The Erik puppetry award is being awarded since 1991 by the Czech centre UNIMA based on votes cast by a jury. "When it comes to the common point between some past Erik winners, humour is certainly one that sticks out. The humorous view on man, whose miniature version is the puppet," added the president of the Czech UNIMA and jury member Nina Malíková.
From Mateřinka 2011, an article by Irena Marečková, Loutkař, April 2012:
"/.../The latter performance (Back to Bullerbyn, Ed.) to a large degree reflects the charisma of its actors, their outstanding preparedness, and their realization of what they represent – an inner energy which they are willing to share with the audience. I dare say that the other performances could stand to borrow some of the above-mentioned features from Bullerbyn, which represents 'perfect presence'./.../"
Premiere — 8. March 2011