Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Première 17. februar 2022, Tunel LGL
Running time 50 minutes. No intermission.
The performance takes place in the Vinag's cellar, so visitors are advised to dress accordingly and wear appropriate footwear.
Creators of the performance Karolína Kotrbová, Gašper Lovrec, Filip Mramor, Jernej Potočan, Domen Novak
Director Filip Mramor
Concept Karolína Kotrbová, Filip Mramor
Visual identity designer Karolína Kotrbová
Sound designer Gašper Lovrec
Dramaturgs Jernej Potočan, Domen Novak
Gašper Lovrec as guest
Filip Mramor as guest
If history had revolved in a different direction by only a degree, the Czech engineer Karel Žlábek would have gone down in it as one of the greatest visionaries of his time. Not much is known about him, but he left behind him indelible dreams about a better future. In the previous century, Karel Žlábek drew up a plan for a tunnel from České Budějovice to Koper which would have given the Czechs access to the sea.The story about Karel Žlábek and his unique, ambitious construction project offers
an impetus to think about courage much needed in today’s world by an individual daring to envision a better future. It confronts us with the question of how to dream in a world in which it is impossible to sleep.
The show brings fragments of true stories conveyed in a more or less direct way by objects which serve as entrance points into the stories, as well as evidence and advocates of the stories to which they belong. The stories these objects serve show in them a latent life; occasionally this happens when the objects function as the foundation for background music. Some stories are presented as ready-made, while the show tries to create a context in which a passage of a real story assumes a new life, one beyond reality. In the story about the non-existing tunnel, the show’s creators found the proof that it is necessary to fight for a field of dreams. The narrative encourages consideration of ideals, calls for requests to move boundaries. By compiling true stories, the show explores the field of desire and unfulfilled wishes. It speaks about the courage we need to overcome our fear of being forgotten. What do we want to leave behind? What do we dare to wish? And how long is the path to our deepest dreams?
Filip Mramor was born in 1998 in Ljubljana. As student at the Poljane grammar school, he was a member of the Poljanski oder theatre group where he played the role of Lazar in Strniša’s play Žabe(Frogs) for which he was awarded the special jury prize for a male role at the 56th Linhart Festival of Slovene Theatre Groups.He also played in productions of the Pionirski dom Centre for Youth Culture. As an improviser in the High School Impro League he was awarded the Best 20th Season Improviser Prize. In 2017, he started studying stage acting at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) under Jernej Lorencij and Jernej Šugman, later also Branko Jordan. He graduated with the role of Perkmandelc in Zajc’s Jagababa (directed by Živa Bizovičar). During his studies he participated in the SNT Drama Ljubljana project Ljubezen (Love) (directed by Luka Marcen), in the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre production of The Secret KRVZ Society (directed by Mare Bulc) and in the Celje Theatre production of Kozlovska sodba v Višnji Gori (The Famous Goat Trial). He played in the short film Nedeljsko jutro (Sunday Morning), directed by Martin Turk, and in the series Mamin dan (Mom’s Day). He is a founding member of the Počemučka group with which he created two shows: Piano and Screaming (AGRFT Academy Studio) and Under Construction (Glej Theatre). The latter received a special jury reward at the 52th Week of Slovene Drama.Currently he is a post-graduate student of directing of devised and object theatre at DAMU, Prague.