FRANZ POCCI, CÉLIA HOUDART: OPEN THE OWL
Director Renaud Herbin found his inspiration for the performance in the inventory of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and thus Open the Owl is based on the play The Owl Castle, created in 1936 by Slovene puppeteer Milan Klemenčič, along with miniature marionettes made for the play. Célia Houdart upgraded Franz Pocci’s The Owl Castle, a story of Knight Chukolov who has been turned into an owl and would not be redeemed until he looses all his feathers, into a text which exposes even more the timeless topics of metamorphosis, greed, possession, insanity.
Open the Owl represents – apart from its exceptional artistic value – a wonderful theatre collaboration: generational, cross‑border, genre … as well as collaboration with the audience. Open the Owl is a multi‑layered story and offers multiple points of view to the audience, as the theatre literally expands, opens up, displays before the audience. So many layers mean walking on thin ice, but when everything works out, it’s a treat. The mystery of theatre revealed to the audience.
- Directed by: Renaud Herbin
- Dramaturgy: Mateja Bizjak Petit
- Scenography: Mathias Baudry
- Light design: Fanny Bruschi
- Sound design: Morgan Daguenet
- Artistic advice: Nino Laisné
- Proofing: Metka Damjan
- Assistant: Chloé Delaby
- Performing: Maja Kunšič, Iztok Lužar
- Stage manager: Luka Bernetič
- Light technician: Niko Štabuc
- Stage hands: Luka Moškrič
- Puppets production: Iztok Bobič, Polona Černe, Zala Kalan, Zoran Srdić, Marjetka Valjavec, Sandra Birjukov, Špela Ulaga, Olga Milič, Tereza Andrůšková
- Set production: Christian Rachner, Pierre Chaumont
Performance features the chanson: Tout fout le camp
Produced by: Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana
Co-produced by: TJP – Centre Dramatique National D’Alsace
Performance is in Slovene with English subtitles.