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What If ... 5+

Nebojša Pop Tasić

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a tiger by the toe!

This playful puppetry performance without puppets plays with games from the past and transfers them into the present of the "new" children: rhymes, opposites, riddles, Chinese whispers, pantomime, imitating, finger games, paper folding, hockey, Cat's cradle, and on and on. A dynamic trip back to the analog days when the "toy was still inside the head", this performance is not merely an attempt at a nostalgic look into the past, but rather wants to inspire children to once again use their heads for innovative play without digital technologies.

T theory and goals of playing games, spontaneous play, intergenerational transfer; verse, wordplay; puppets: emptiness, theatre of objects, theatre of animated shapes


Child's play is internally motivated and children play purely due to their own satisfaction in following a clear goal. It is not bound to a direct fulfillment of their own needs or the demands of their environment, since children perceive their environment through the optics of their subjective experience. That is why in their perception, the world of adults is different.

Child's play affects the children's growth, their development of intelligence, the acquisition of experience and knowledge, the formation of their emotional life and their growth as a social being. Adults play a key role in the formation, development, and course of children's games, as they can stimulate, direct and guide them towards higher and more complex levels of playing activities. The most common types of child's play include functional play (bodily movement), constructive play (connecting, assembling, building), comprehensive play (listening, observing, imitating, reading), and symbolic play (so-called "role-playing"). All of these types can, and often do, come together in original puppetry plays. 



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Crew and cast

Director Marko Bulc

Actors Metka Jurc, Tilen Kožamelj, Danilo Trstenjak and Filip Šebšajevič, guest

Artistic designer Damir Leventić

Composer Damir Avdić

Language coach Metka Damjan 

Costume designer Mojca Bernjak 

Lighting designer Enver Ibrahimagić 

Sound designer Mitja Pastirk

Workshop Lucijan Jošt, Branko Caserman, Primož Mihevc and Darka Erdelji


Premiere — 1. October 2015

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