Duško Mazalica: Our play fits very nicely on the "Jadran" stage.
On Wednesday, September 21, the fourth day of the International Children's Theater Festival Subotica, three plays were performed in the Competition Program: "The Wolf Who Smelled of Berries" by the Children's Theater of Republika Srpska, "Love and the Violin" by the Children's Theater Subotica and "Broom… Brmm… Brmm…" by the Indonesian Bon Puppet Theater.
The play "The Wolf Who Smelled of Berries", which was performed on the "Jadran" Stage of the National Theatre, The play talks about returning to nature, about finding true strength which lies in every one of us and wants to be set free, to breathe and live. The subject is told through a girl, Sasha, who by a miracle turns into a wolf which carries the symbol of vigor, community, instinct and gentleness.
Duško Mazalica, actor and artistic director of the Children's Theater of Republika Srpska, said about the selection of this play for the Festival,: "We know the Jadran scene quite well because we often come to Subotica for the Festival, and we think that the play fits very nicely and breathes very well on this stage. It is the author's project of Tamara Kučinović, which primarily has beautifully written the text, which talks about the power of nature. The play is essentially about the lack of nature in man".
The play "Love and the Violin" by the Subotica Children's Theater was performed in the home theater of this ensemble. It is a creation of a young director, still a student of puppet direction under professor Nikolay Naumov in Saint Petersburg, and it presents a Roma legend about love and boldly opens up the dilemma of the selfishness of the highest affection for a living being and art. Told with puppets and Romani music, it highlights the violin as a metaphor of human feelings and the art we carry inside us.
Marta Aroksalaši Stamenković, director of the Subotica Children's Theater, revealed how this play came about: "Our Theater collaborated with the Puppet Academy from Saint Petersburg, and this is a test play by director Ana Vovchok. Soon we are expecting another student, who will prepare his graduation play in our theater. Cooperation with that academy is perhaps more valuable for us here, given that our country, unfortunately even the former one, never had an academy dedicated to puppetry. We still have that problem, which is why we turned to this type of cooperation".
The play "Broom… Brmm… Brmm…" was performed in the National Theater on the "Jadran" Stage. This play tries to look at life from the perspective of everyday tools - how they see us, what they feel after we replace them with a new tool? This is a story about the relationship between a broom and the people who use it.
Riyanti Wisnu Setyorini Putri from the Indonesian theater Bon Puppet said about the play: "This is our original play in which the broom considers existential questions - why people don't use it, what they use it for, and so on. I think the show is interesting because people don't usually look at things from that angle." She also shared the unusual experience of traveling to Serbia: "This is the first time we are visiting Serbia as a troupe. It was challenging because we changed several means of transportation - in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Madrid, Dubai, and finally we arrived in Serbia, after two days of travel. Your city is beautiful, and Serbia is a beautiful country."
The books "Little Theater Duško Radović - 70 Years of Diversity (monograph 1949-2019)" edited by Marijana Petrović, as well as the book "On actor with a Puppet" by the same author, were presented at Hotel Patria. The "Merry Company" workshop was also held with Sofija Simić, who deals with the puppet as a prop and a means of communication in the theater. As a part of the film program, the animated film "Monster Family 2" was shown at the Eurocinema, and from 5 p.m. a diverse artistic program was performed at City Square.
On the fifth day of the festival, Thursday, September 22, two plays will be performed in the Competition Program on the "Jadran" Stage of the National Theater: "Up and Down Story" by the Koom-Koom Theater from Israel (10 a.m.) and "Princess Rose and the Enchanted Eagle" by the Theater House Tik Tak Nto from Greece (5 p.m.). As part of the Competition Program, the play "Paper Stories" by the Theater Corsair Foundation from Bulgaria will be performed in the Subotica Children's Theater at noon.
On Thursday, September 22, at Hotel Patria at 4:00 p.m., Festival presents the publication "90 years of Youth Theater" and the book "Stevan Pešić - Selected Works". During the last two days of the Festival, September 22 and 23, Branka Rudman, a puppeteer from Zagreb, will hold workshops on puppet theater and the use of different types of puppets in teaching for the purpose of further, informal education of teachers.
As part of the film program, Festival presents the animated film "Dragon Rider" at 11 a.m. at the Eurocinema. Members of the "Larisa" dance studio will present themselves on City Square from 5 p.m., while at 7 p.m. we expect a performance by the Dutch troupe Moon Cabaret - Snowapple with the cabaret "Mr. Moon" which brings together musicians, clowns, divas and puppeteers.
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