МАRIO & NETTE CIRCUS

МАRIO & NETTE CIRCUS

Мilena Depolo
(based on the idea of Dragoslav Todorović)

Directed by: Dragoslav Todorović
Тоtal design (puppets, set, costume): Irina Somborac
Мusic: Vladimir Pejković
Assistant Director, professional associate for animation and strings: Gоran Balančević
Puppet technology: Darko Ivanović and Goran Balančević

Cast:

Mario, clown: LАKO NIKOLIĆ
Nette, ballerina: ЈЕLENA ILIĆ
Circus owner: GОRAN BALANČEVIĆ
Flit, police inspector: АLEKSANDRA ANDJELKOVIĆ
Watson, his dog: ТATJANA STANKOVIĆ
Weightlifter: NENAD RADOVIĆ
A bunch of children: NENAD RADOVIĆ
(Children’s voices: Maša Petrović, Ksenija Žugić Dacić, Maja Marin)
Juggler: NENAD RADOVIĆ
Wondrous Turk: ЈELENA ILIĆ, TATJANA STANKOVIĆ, ALEKSANDRA ANDJELKOVIĆ, LAKO NIKOLIĆ, GORAN BALANČEVIĆ, NENAD RADOVIĆ
Dreamy illusion: ЈELENA ILIĆ, TATJANA STANKOVIĆ, LAKO NIKOLIĆ, NENAD RADOVIĆ
Sad clown: JELENA ILIĆ
Trapeze acrobat: GОRAN BALANČEVIĆ
Lion: АLEKSANDRA ANDJELKOVIĆ
Tiger: NENAD RADOVIĆ

Age: 3+
Duration: 60'
Аuthor: Мilena Depolo
Stage: Children Stage

The show is an ode to marionette, its beauty, subtlety and expressive possibilities. Circus acts, acrobatics, dancing on the wire, assembling, disassembling, juggling, etc. are in the foreground. The story seems to be a decoration. It is a story about love and about some crazy artists, that is - all of us. Shakespeare said: “All the world's a stage”, and we say: “All the world's a circus arena”.

 


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Dragoslav Todorović was born on 3 November 1948 in Paris. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Department of Theatre Directing in 1979 in the class of Professor Borjana Prodanović. While he lived in Hamburg as a young man, he studied acting and pantomime and played in theatres and cabarets.
He directed a large number of plays and puppet shows. He has participated in many festivals in the country and abroad, and won five Grand Prix awards and eleven awards for directing.
He lived five years in Toronto. He has directed and taught acting.
In addition to directing, he teaches Puppetry at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, in the Departments of Scenography and Costume.
He has earned the most important awards and recognitions for his work in Little Theatre Duško Radović:
1985 - Festival of Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Zrenjanin
(“Marko Kraljević” - scenography prize awarded to Aleksandar Zlatanović; music prize to Jugoslav Bošnjak, acting/animation prize to Sava Andjelković and Olivera Tomov)
1992 - Festival of Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Belgrade
(“I Remember” puppet prize awarded to Milena Jeftić-Ničeva-Kostić, acting/animation prize to Predrag Todorović and Goran Balančević)
1997 - Festival of Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Niš
(“The Great Theft of Clocks”, acting/animation prize awarded to Zoran Miljković, Dušan Rokvić, Ljiljana Peroš and Goran Balančević)
2005 - Festival of Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Belgrade
(“Аndersen’s Chefs” - directing prize awarded to Dragoslav Todorović)
2006 - International Ordu Children and Youth Theatre Festival, Ordu, Turkey
Dragoslav Todorović: “Аndersen’s Chefs” – directed by Dragoslav Todorović
Zvezdarište Theatre, Belgrade
(“Аndersen’s Chefs” - Grand Prix for the best performance, together with the performance “Emperor's Prisoner” of the Puppet Theatre from Niš, directing prize awarded to Dragoslav Todorović and music prize awarded to Vladimir Pejković)
Little Festival (Festić), Belgrade
(“Аndersen’s Chefs” - Grand Prix for the best performance and total design prize awarded to Boris Čakširan)
2007 -  International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth, Bursa, Turkey
Dragoslav Todorović: “Аndersen’s Chefs” – directed by Dragoslav Todorović
Isfahan International Theatre Children Festival, Isfahan, Iran
Dragoslav Todorović: “Аndersen’s Chefs” – directed by Dragoslav Todorović
2008 - Festival of Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Niš
(“The End Crowns the Work” - acting prize awarded to Damjan Kecojević and Special Prize “Janko Vrbnjak” for animation awarded to Goran Balančević)
International Puppet Festival “Golden Spark”, Kragujevac
(“Аndersen’s Chefs” - directing prize awarded to Dragoslav Todorović and collective animation prize)
2014 - Festival of Professional Puppet Theatres in Serbia, Subotica
(“Three Little Piglets”, “Јanko Vrbnjak” prize for the best animation awarded to Ljiljana Peroš)

A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR: BALANAC -  THE MASTER OF STRINGS

While a bunraku puppet is the perfection of Japanese puppetry skills and understanding, a marionette is the subtlest product of global, and especially European, puppet art. A puppet made of wood and polystyrene in the hands of an actor animator can make it look like rubber. It is a classic puppet that hides a vast number of tricks, more than any other type. But what does it take to create a new puppet - a marionette in this case? First, it is necessary to make drawings of the given character. In this case, it was the task of young and exceptionally talented designer Irina.  In order to add magic to the puppets, it is necessary to have a wizard. It is our master puppeteer Darko. Being able to string the puppet in the right way is a special gift. Our excellent ensemble was able to show all its acting and animation skills precisely because the puppets were stringed by an ensemble member, actor and excellent marionettist Goran Balančević who celebrates with this show 35 years of artistic work in the theatre. Since I had such a creative and enthusiastic team, we created this play joyfully. Therefore, I sincerely hope that our vision of a special MARIONETTE circus will cheer you up.
Dragoslav Todorović

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

She was born on 18 July 1981 in Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Department of Dramaturgy in 2006. Since the season 2006/07, she has been permanently employed in Boško Buha Theatre where she has focused on children’s and youth theatre and cooperated with the directors of all generations. She is a member of ASSITEJ Serbia where she develops programmes to promote the creative work for children and youth.
Performances: “Characters” (City Theatre, Podgorica, 2003), “Karma Coma” (Dadov, 2004), “Fairytaledrome” (Boško Buha Theatre, 2007), “Who is Laurette?” (Little Theatre Dusko Radovic, 2009), “They Wanted Something Entirely Different” (In Stage, 2009), “School of Rock and Roll” (Boško Buha Theatre, 2011), “The Ant and the Grasshopper” (Pinocchio Puppet Theatre, 2011), “They Have Suffered” (Belgrade Drama Theatre, 2013), “Fear is a Great Inventor” (Boško Buha Theatre, 2014), “Rabbit, Turtle & Co.” (National Theatre Toša Jovanović, Zrenjanin, 2015), “The Little Red Riding Hood” (Boško Buha Theatre, 2015), “The Wizard of Oz” (Boško Buha Theatre, 2015).       She was a playwright for several performances. She has also written scripts fortelevision shows (“Podium”, “We are the Team”) and series (“Something Like Love”, “A Single Man in Marriage”, “Open Door”, “One Summer Night”), various events, and she cooperated with several magazines (Fame, Cosmopolitan, Playboy). The TV series “A Single Man in Marriage” was translated into a film entitled “When Love Comes Late”.
Awards: Josip Kulundžić prize (FDA, 2004), the prize for script development in 2006 (Serbian Film Centre, 2006), the best text award for “The Ant and the Grasshopper” (Zvezdarište Festival, 2012). The play “They Have Suffered” was performed in many festivals and received many awards in 2014 (The Yearly Award of Belgrade Drama Theatre, The Sterija Audience Award, the Step Towards Courage Award in Banja Luka, The Best Play Award in Mladenovac Festival). She was also awarded the Best Female Achievement for the film “When Love Comes Late” in the festival BaNeFF in Stockholm.
  
AUTHOR’S WORD

It has turned out that this is the fifth puppet show for which I write the text, the third one in cooperation with Dragoslav Todorović and the second text in Little Theatre Duško Radović. Enough to make anyone think that I am an expert in puppetry. Hmm... I wouldn’t dare claim that. However, I’m sure that dealing with puppetry is a big and fun adventure. It looks like a cartoon. Puppetry can go very far, both thematically and visually, and in every way. I hope that such a path is still ahead.
The show is an ode to marionette, its beauty, subtlety and expressive possibilities. Circus acts, acrobatics, dancing on the wire, assembling, disassembling, juggling, etc. are in the foreground. The story seems to be a decoration. It is a story about love and about some crazy artists, that is - all of us. Shakespeare said: “All the world's a stage”, and we say: “All the world's a circus arena”.
Milena Depolo
 

 

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