Based on motifs of the story House of Blocks by Ela Peroci
This puppet show is an aesthetic experience for the youngest theatregoers. It does not tell a concrete story, but we play in it and in doing so take life seriously. Jelka and Danilo play with blocks. They build, revive and animate "one simple box". They build a home, their own house made out of blocks, and in it a world of tenants and happenings that are associated with the real images of the world: with the weather, with the physical characteristics of objects, with the limits of the human body, with relationships between people, with stereotypes and peculiarities.
Theatre for toddlers was established through Norwegian project Glitterbird at the end of the 90's in previous century. In Italy, artists and educators joined within the project Small Size. The main aim of both projects was to develop possible means of theatre experience for the youngest audience, children under the age of 4 years. Nowadays, this field of theatre is widely present in Europe, especially in Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany and Hungary. Special theatre
aesthetics is based on specifics of small children as observers and is concentrated to forming a theatre world which they can easily understand. These performances are shorter, with adjusted tempo, terrifying element excluded, as well as complete black-outs. Children are supposed to recognize everyday objects and well-known games in performances. The speech, visual images, sounds and music are modified to their ability of understanding and recapturing.
Culture section, Theatre for the really young, Petra Vidali, Večer, 6th December 2012:
"/…/ At Puppet Theatre Maribor they take great pride in being the first to address a particular age group that is usually overlooked in the traditional outlines of children's theatre. Following extremely successful ventures into adult theatre, this represents another step in a whole new direction. /.../"
Crew and cast
Director Nika Bezeljak
Actors Barbara Jamšek and Danilo Trstenjak
Musician Klemen Bračko
Artistic designer Sabina Šinko
Dramaturge Katarina Klančnik Kocutar
Language coach Metka Damjan
Composer Klemen Bračko
Lighting designer Enver Ibrahimagić
Stage master Mitja Pastirk
Puppet, set and scenogrpahy designers Branko Caserman, Darka Erdelji, Lucijan Jošt and Neva Vrba
Sewer Maja Švagelj
Premiere — 6. December 2012