SELECTION FOR THE 29TH FESTIVAL OF ECOLOGICAL THEATRE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
The call for applications that was open from 10th January to 5th February 2023 resulted in 90 applications from all around the world (29 different countries), and the Artistic Committee of the Festival has made the following selection of plays for the 29th FEP.
1. “Nedostajanje” (Missing), Puppet Theatre of Niš / Niš, Serbia
“Nedostajanje” is a humorous, gentle, sensitive story about friendship, connection, a romantic view on life and the world around us, and it takes place in a lively and colourful realm of various animals. The performance is dedicated to the youngest of audiences and represents one of the more beautiful ways for a child to be introduced to the world of theatre and fall in love with it.
Directing, dramatization and lighting design: Nikola Zavišić
Music and songs: Teodora Stojković, Mirjana Đorđević, Stanislava Staša Joković, Jovan Živković, Toma Bibić, Nikola Zavišić
Accompaniment, arrangement: Jovan Živković
Stage and puppets design and production: Dragana Đurić and Dušan Stanković
Coauthors of stage language: the performance ensemble
Stanislava Staša Joković
Selected by the Regional platform for development and affirmation of theatre for children and youth “OD MALIH NOGU” within the project supported by Kultura Nova Foundation.
2. “Error 404”, Ángeles de trapo / Málaga, Spain
In a subtle and emotional way this play encourages children and youth to ask themselves about the meaning of life, to think about the wonders life offers us yet often we go by without noticing them. With awareness of how much children and youth today are surrounded by the world of video games and social networks, the play “Error 404” wants to remind them that virtual world cannot and should not replace the real world, and that life and nature do not have an alternative.
Puppet, non-verbal performance
Directed by: Wagner Gallo & Julio Gallo
Costume design: Iolanda Atalla
Sound design: Wagner Gallo
Scenography: Wagner Gallo
Music: Kevin Macleod
Cast: Wagner Gallo
Realized with the assistance of the Embassy of Spain in Serbia.
3. “Bebidron”, Independent production “Praktikabl” – Dance ensemble “Pokretnica” / Novi Sad, Serbia
Participatory and interactive dance performance “Bebidron” deals with the relationship between parents and children in their everyday lives, basic physical activities and challenges in child development, as well as issues of trust, playing and support in family life. This performance takes place in a common area where children and adults have an opportunity to spend time together in a different way and establish direct contact with the performers.
Age: 0-18 months
Dance performance for babies and parents
Costume design: Boris Čakširan
Dramaturgy: Dunja Crnjanski
4. “Zašto ih nije briga” (Why don’t they care), Youth Theatre (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and КА Productions (Montenegro)
The play follows the escape of animals from the North Pole that began to melt. A polar fox, a polar bear, a seal, a reindeer and penguins have been banished from their land and move together toward south in search of a garden where they heard there was a paradise for animals. Throughout their journey this unusual refugee company comes upon various monsters and catastrophes: a garbage island, a sea of oil, acid rain, a greenhouse, smog, hunting parties, fires, nuclear explosions, shopping malls and a zoo. Naïve, wounded, brave and wacky animals go through a true Odyssey on their Noah’s Iceberg that turns into the Ship of Fools in search of Neverland.
Directed by: Petar Pejaković
Dramaturgy: Milana Matejić
Stage design: Narda Nikšić
Costume design: Olivera Gajić
Music: Mirza Gološ
5. “the Boy & the Ball”, Stephen Noonan in partnership with The PaperBoats / Alberton, Australia
Through this play, which deals with reassurance, joy and connection, the youngest of audiences will get to know a very shy boy who, during the performance, learns that he can make friends with the help of his ball. “the Boy & the Ball” is an interactive monodrama full of nonverbal images that create visual magic through carefully devised theatrical illusion that consists of simple cylindrical elements in various sizes. This play is designed for 4-year-old children and creates a world that corresponds to their cognitive and emotional needs for wonder, abstraction, connection, play and imagination, with particular focus on developing conceptual thinking. The performance is created with natural, sustainable materials that can be recycled, whereby they also took care to ensure that the entire play can be packed in one bag for easier transport, which would, therefore, leave a smaller footprint on the planet Earth.
Dramaturgy: Dave Brown
Design: Greg Cousins
Music: James Brown
Early childhood advisors: Anne-Marie Shin & Sally Chance
Cast: Stephen Noonan
Realized with the assistance of the Government of South Australia.
6. “Ne idi daleko” (Don’t go far), Subotica Children’s Theatre / Subotica, Serbia
The play “Ne idi daleko” subtly and inconspicuously talks about a war’s effect on a family. The play vividly tries to depict how war affects humans – man, woman, child, daughter, son, sister, brother, father, mother. Under the strain of war every soul breaks, bends, deforms, rots, closes, becomes hard, cold and rough. It is difficult for such a cold and broken soul to keep tenderness, love, happiness and everything else that makes family a unit. With such souls, families alienate themselves, fall apart and irrevocably disappear. This is a story about a family that could be any family a war has somehow affected regardless of their nationality, religion, race and country they live in.
Directing and lighting design: Tamara Kučinović
Dramaturgy: Matea Bublić
Stage design and projections: Davor Molnar
Music: Petar Eldan
7. “Mr&Mrs KRAFT – una storia di maschere di carta”(Mr&Mrs KRAFT – a story of paper masks), Neamera Teatro / Cádiz - Andalucia, Spain / Lecce, Italy
Mr and Mrs KRAFT invite you to enter the laboratory where they experiment with paper. Masks, gestures and movements become elements to this poetic and sensory story.
Realized with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the “Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE)”.
8. “Hišica iz kock” (House of Blocks), House of Children and Arts /Ljubljana, Slovenia
Two sisters are in a room. The older one is doing violin practice, while the younger one – Jelka constantly disturbs her, wanting them to play together. However, when Jelka builds her house of blocks the older sister accepts her game and together they sail off into the wondrous world of fairytales.
Directed by: Irena Rajh
Dramaturgy: Anže Virant
Visual identity and stage design: Špela Trobec
Music: Samo Vovk, Barbara Grahor Vovk
Costume design: Iztog Hrga
Video animation: Miha Šubic
9. “Pradevojčica” (Prehistoric Girl), National Theatre “Toša Jovanović” / Zrenjanin, Serbia
In “Pradevojčica” the nature is the event, character, moment, beauty, friend, killer, parent, landlord… Nature is not something that “should be just saved”, it is a part of us, sometimes so much that our beings are really reflections of its state. This play will remind us how estranged we have become from the Sun, the Moon, earth, water, fire, plants, animals, and how much we have distanced ourselves from real touches and encounters with nature. Besides this, it is a story about a brave and talented Gava and her fight to find her place in the community.
While creating the play, the team behind this performance had the goal to try to leave as small of a footprint on planet Earth as possible, as well as for the elements of the performance to be reused, recycled or returned to nature after their service. “Pradevojčica” is an example of good practice from the standpoint of ecology in theatre because ecological theatre is not only the one that deals with ecological topics but also the one that tries to use natural materials (wood, egg cartons, natural hand-squeezed pigments from the earth, pinecones, jute, straw, ropes, water) as much as possible.
Directed by: Sonja Petrović
Dramatization: Mina Petrić
Total design: Irina Somborac
Music: Nenad Kojić
Materials/eathen architecture advisor: Dragana Kojičić
Olgica Trbojević Kostić
GUEST PERFORMANCE IN HONOUR OF THE AWARDEES:
Plays in the competitive selection will compete for the “GOOD TREE” award for the following categories:
Award for the best play in its entirety
Individual awards by decision of the professional jury (special award, acting awards, visual identity award, etc.)
Award for the play closest to children
Award for the best play for youth
Award for the best play according to the audience’s votes
29th edition of FEP will be held from 24th to 27th August 2023 in Bačka Palanka (Serbia) under the slogan “On the cliff”
29th Festival of Ecological Theatre for Children and Youth is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and Municipality of Bačka Palanka, and it is realized in cooperation with the Cultural Centre of Bačka Palanka.