Andersens chefs

Andersens chefs

Written and directed by: Dragoslav Todorović
Set, costume and puppet designer: Boris Čakširan
Composer: Vladimir Pejković
Choreographer: Boris Čakširan
Assistant Director: Gоran Balančević
Puppet technology: Goran Balančević, Milan Filipović
Assistant set, costume and puppet designer: Ana Ilinčić

Cast:

CHEFS:
Marijana VIćentijević Badovinac
Goran Balančević
Jovo Maksić
Nenad Radović
Damjan Kecojević

Andersen's voice:
Zoran Miljković
 

Age: 3+
Duration: 60'
Аuthor: Dragoslav Todorović
Stage: Children Stage

“Andersen’s Chefs", by Dragoslav Todorović, is an ode to Andersen and his work. Drawing on the contents of Andersen`s fairy tales ("The Flying Trunk", "The Wild Swans", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor`s New Clothes", "The Snow Queen", "Little Ida`s Flowers"), Dragoslav Todorović has created an inspired and modern puppetry, musical, dance and pantomime performance, in which Andersen is presented as a great magician of play.  In an outstandingly playful performance, the puppet animation is enriched by various forms of art, various genres and artistic procedures.  Everything is on the move:  actors-puppets-set-props.  Everything on stage is in a perpetual dance.

 


Andersen's fairy tales

The memory of Andersen is at the same time a memory of one's own childhood. It refers to anyone who has listened, watched, read or just held one of his books in their hands. Andersen`s fairy tales are the most beautiful travel document through this most joyous period in life.  He is a dear friend, our first teacher and a favourite writer.
The giant of Danish and world literature long ago gained a reputation of one of the greatest storytellers of all times.  His fairy tales have been recognised to be among the world`s best fairy tales, but what is surprising is that his storytelling craft fills the world with ever greater excitement and wonder.  It spills over the boundaries of literature and becomes an artistic phenomenon, a spiritual treasure and spiritual nourishment.
Simple, tightly constructed and exciting stories, perfect compositions, rich plots, diversity of themes and motifs, interesting characters, amazing destinies, happy and unhappy endings - all of this does not suffice to introduce and understand Hans Christian Andersen.  A mere enumeration of the best literary qualities of his work does not tell us anything or tells us too little to understand the essence of his authorship.
So what makes him so amazing, divine and inspirational? What is it that enchants us and binds us to him?
It`s imagination.  His inexhaustible imagination, crowned with a rare beauty of storytelling, excites us and elevates us to heavenly heights, meant only for the chosen ones.
“Andersen’s Chefs", by Dragoslav Todorović, is an ode to Andersen and his work. Drawing on the contents of Andersen`s fairy tales ("The Flying Trunk", "The Wild Swans", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor`s New Clothes", "The Snow Queen", "Little Ida`s Flowers"), Dragoslav Todorović has created an inspired and modern puppetry, musical, dance and pantomime performance, in which Andersen is presented as a great magician of play. In an outstandingly playful performance, the puppet animation is enriched by various forms of art, various genres and artistic procedures. Everything is on the move: actors-puppets-set-props. Everything on stage is in a perpetual dance.
Instead of creating an illusion of telling fairy-tales, Dragoslav Todorovic showed the joy of Andersen`s creation.
Milica Novković

A Word from the Director:

Given that master Andersen was a great expert for cooking and seething, frying, stewing, stirring, cramming and seasoning fairy tales, our entire show is set in a magic kitchen. Here we have five chefs who chop, peel, stir, knead, cook and bake all sorts of fabulous delicacies with great dedication. All this is happening in a festive and joyful atmosphere.  After all, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner. Christmas carols are being sung in the background. Of course, the menu is at the level of his majesty, chef Hans Christian Andersen: princess bean pie, marzipan with sadly happy topping, gingerbread wild swans, and so on and so forth. Well, dear little and big guests – here you are, help yourselves.
P.S. If you are suddenly overcome with a desire to...lick your fingers – don’t hesitate... Be our guests.
Our topping – your fingers... So let’s join forces!
Dragoslav Todorović
About the director
Dragoslav Todorović was born on 3 November 1948 in Paris. He graduated in stage directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 1979 in the class of Professor Borjana Prodanović. While he lived in Hamburg as a young man, he studied acting and pantomime and performed in theatres and cabarets.
He directed fifteen drama plays and over forty puppet shows. He participated in eleven festivals with twenty seven performances, won two Grandes Priés and three directing prizes, and thirty five of his associates have also been awarded.
He lived five years in Toronto. He has directed and taught acting.
His most important performances are:

Drama:
Dragoslav Todorović: ”Clowns”, CKDO, Zagreb
Аleksandar Popović: “Damascu Saber”, National Theatre Kruševac
Мiro Gavran: ”The Night of the Gods”, Zoran Radmilović Theatre, Zaječar
Stevan Pešić: “Eskimo Fairy Tale or An Eulogy to Snow”, Little Theatre Duško Radović
Ljubomir Simović: “The Travelling Troupe Šopalović”, Canadian Stage Company, Toronto

Puppet shows:
Branislav Kravljanac/Dragoslav Todorović: ”Kraljevic Marko”, Little Theatre Duško Radović
Jiri Streda: “Hansel and Gretel”, Toša Jovanović People`s Theatre, Zrenjanin
Srboljub Stanković: “A Story of a Left Goose”, Youth Theatre, Novi Sad
Nenad Veličković: ”Sebastian and the Bare Foot”, Youth Theatre, Sarajevo
Dejan Dukovski: “Siljan Stork Chance”, Children and Youth Theatre, Skopje
Vičo Balabanov: ”I Remember”, Little Theatre Dusko Radovic
Dušan Maričić: “Great Theft of Clocks”, Little Theatre Dusko Radovic
Igor Bojović: “Peter Pan”, Pinocchio Puppet Theatre, Zemun
Goran Stefanovski: ”Jane Zadrogaz”, Children and Youth Theatre, Skopje
Romana Ercegovič: “Cofek the Penguin”, The Primorje Drama Theatre, Nova Gorica
Dragoslav Todorović: ”Edges”, Pinocchio Puppet Theatre, Zemun
Nenad Veličković: “The Bumble-bee Emperor”, National Theatre Toša Jovanović, Zrenjanin
"Andersen`s Chefs" is the sixth play he directed in Little Theatre Duško Radović.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

is known mainly for the fairy tales he wrote combining folk legends with his imagination. Andersen`s tales were not meant merely for children but for adults as well. He also wrote plays, novels and travel books.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in the slums of Odense, Denmark. His father was a shoemaker and his mother a washerwoman. He received little education. As a child he was highly emotional, suffering all kinds of fears and humiliations because of his tallness and effeminate interests. Andersen`s hysterical attacks of cramps were falsely diagnosed as epileptic fits.
In 1816 his father died and Andersen was forced to go to work. He was for a short time apprenticed to a weaver and tailor, and he also worked at a tobacco factory. At the age of 14 Andersen moved to Copenhagen to start a career as a singer, dancer or an actor - he had a beautiful soprano voice. The following three years were full of hardships although he found supporters who paved his way to the theatre. Andersen succeeded in becoming associated with the Royal Theatre, but he had to leave it when his voice began to change.
In 1822, Jonas Collin, one of the directors of the Royal Theatre, gave Andersen a grant to enter a grammar school in Slagelse. Other pupils were much younger 11-year-olds, among whom 17-year-old Andersen certainly felt quite awkward.  However, he managed to enrol a university in Copenhagen in 1828, where he completed his education.
The Royal Theatre performed in 1829 Andersen`s music drama "Love in Saint Nicholas Church Tower". Over the next years, he wrote impressionist prose arabesques, plays and novels.
However, Andersen`s fame is due to his fairy tales and stories written between 1835 and 1872.  The third edition of his stories, published in 1837, contains fairy tales "The Little Mermaid" and "The Emperor`s New Clothes". Other most famous fairy tales are "The Ugly Duckling", "The Tinderbox", "Little Claus and Big Claus", "Princess and the Pea", "The Snow Queen" and "The Tin Solder".
Andersen wrote and rewrote his memories "The Fairy Tale of My Life", but the 1855 edition is considered a standard one. Andersen died in his home in Rolighed on 4 August 1875. He is one of the most famous and most translated writers in the world. Several editions of his fairy tales have been filmed and thus preserve the memory of him.

 

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