Posted by: viewfromtheriva | December 5, 2013

The shoes are in revolt at Split’s Puppet Theatre!


The Split City Puppet Theatre premiered its newest work on Wednesday, December4th, “REBELLION IN THE SHOEMAKERS WORKSHOP”, written by Lada Martinac King and directed by John Leo Lema.

What a tour de force of imaginative puppeteering, music, lighting and design. Unlike, Pec Ivo, their last production, which was of a more traditional children’s story with classic puppeteering, the Rebellion used video, song, marvelous choreography and a cast of memorable characters (even a dreaded Tax Inspector!) that showcase the complete talents of the entire company.

It’s a a rousing 45 minute spectacle that the audience absolutely loved. The applause at the end of the show went on forever–finally causing the cast to go into the seats and bring up the author, Lada Martinac King for a bow. If it wasn’t for the yummy cookies waiting in the lobby, the kids would have clapped until Thursday.

The story is fabulous….this isn’t Gepetto making a talking puppet Pinocchio. Oh no, Martinac takes it way further by creating a fabulous cast of talking shoes who are very annoyed because their talented creator Karlo loves making them so much, he won’t let anyone buy them. Eventually the shoes get so upset that they decide to escape and head out to experience the real world.

And here’s where Dejan Flaisman and the director shine….using a transparent screen that fronts the entire stage, the play becomes a multi-media extravaganza using light and sound to image everything from police cars and buses to Karlo’s shop window.

The cast of characters the shoes meet are very cleverly drawn–each is unique, from a huff and puff Tax Collector to a harried bus passenger who gets so annoyed at missing her bus twice she throws her shoe at it!

Using puppeteers in camouflage black who stand behind each character in order to manipulate their legs–as well as an amazing array of pumps, boots and shoes that cartwheel through the air –the show zooms along magically. The kids went ga-ga at watching what looked like three feet high real people with puppet legs do mind-bending dances and acrobatics (imagine a pair of legs spinning like a propeller and you get the idea!).

And if dancing shoes and tiny real people with spinning legs wasn’t enough, the play also includes talking and dancing shoe-making tools. The hammer was so over the top that I thought the child in front of me was going to pee in his pants from laughing so much.

I wish I could have taken pictures, so you will just have to imagine!

In an ensemble performance as marvelous as this, it’s hard to single out “stars”. Everyone was so winning and completely engaged in the moment.

If you live within 100km of Split, get here before the 23rd.

You and your kids will never look at shoes the same way!

The show is for children aged 3 years and over and runs through Dec. 23.

Director: Ivan Leo Lemo

Assistant Director: Ivan Medic
Choreographer: May Đurinović

Costume and puppet design: Patrick Aguerro

Scenic Design: Vesna Režić

Music and music selection: Zvonimir Dusper Dus

Video design: Dejan Flajšman

The cast

Low Antunovic ……………………………….Mademoiselle, Djevojčica

Niksa Arčanin …………………………………Karlo, Rogue, trade unions

Ivica Beatović …………………………………Maestro, mistress directory, street svirač

Milena Blažanović.. …………………………. Gentle, Girl

Milan Buzolic-Vučica ……………………….. Genz Fenzi person, the woman from the third shift, Shoes

Andrea Majic ………………………………… Ljubica, Genz Fenzi CIPE

Ivan Medic ……………………………………..Cipele, Tata, exciseman, skate Cipele, Mladic Sneakers

Branimir Rakic…………………………………. High čizme, skater, Beskućnik

Sanja Salient ……………………………………Hammer and Tongs, Pierced, Shoes

Light: Dusko Šteković, Lucian Roki
Tone: Bojan Beladović
Stage manager: Franco Peric

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Responses

  1. Great review ! Thanks !

    Rick


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