Maribor Puppet Theatre (SLO)

Ages 6+
Duration: 40 minutes  information

The story of Pinocchio is an incredible adventure that has been a source of excitement for many generations and is still alive today. Pinocchio is a metaphor for how mistakes can also shape man.

Pinocchio is not an ordinary performance. It is a performance that immerses itself in the puppetry world, immerses in the origin when the puppet is not yet an entirely manufactured and vivid object, but raw, rough material. In Pinocchio, the material is, of course, wood, a precious material that has accompanied humankind almost since the beginning. Wood, which barely promises to turn into something but with the help of the puppetry magic, we can see individual characters from the story, is joined by already made puppets inspired by old masters. In this adaptation, we return to the carpenter’s workshop where the carpenter’s tools revive, and pieces of wood on carpenter’s table become a world of its own. Pinocchio goes on a journey, and we on an exploration of puppetry approaches.

Play: Miha Bezeljak
Director und visuell design: Matteo Spiazzi
Author: Carlo Collodi, Matteo Spiazzi
Puppetdesign: Primož Mihevc (bemalt von Darka Erdelji)
Costumes: Mojca Bernjak
Light-Technic: Miljenko Knezoci

About the group:

Maribor Puppet Theatre was founded in 1973. In the autumn of 2010, the Puppet Theatre Maribor moved into the newly renovated building of the Minorite monastery on Lent, which offered bigger rooms and state-of-the-art theatre equipment, allowing the theatre with its expanded artistic ensemble and top-notch professional team to reinvent itself and expand its programme with additional support from the Municipality of Maribor. One season brings six premieres, all linked up to form a conceptual unity. Age has been carefully factored in, as the plays do not address only children – the theatre's most numerous guests – but young people and adults as well. The repertoire constantly examines and explores the art of puppetry and fuses classical puppet technology with modern approaches.  Apart from regular productions, the theatre also offers a wide variety of additional art education activities and carries out innovative projects.