Astrid Lindgren - Andrej Rozman Doukštumf

Pippi


Directed by: Vito Taufer


Opening night: 8. 1. 1998


Description

Pippi is, if we look at her closely, a very average child. With her carrot-like hair, potato-shaped nose, freckles and extremely wide mouth she had all the predisposition to become frustrated and bitter. But Pippi has a lucky character trait that changes all disadvantages into advantages. From an ordinary girl she changes to an unusual one. From a lonely one to an independent one. From a weakling to the strongest in the world.

But above all she has managed surprisingly easy to retain the child-like genuineness and frankness in a world that tries really hard to mould children as soon as possible into generally accepted and conventional behaviour patterns. The magic of Pippi’s specialness is simply that she follows her impulses without any reservations. She simply walks on the path of realization of her own wishes without paying attention to the (adult) world where prohibitions and commands dictate the scope and direction of children’s wishes. However, in her wish to retain her own, unexchangeable identity, Pippi never threatens the identity of others, because she has a strong sense of fairness and social injustices. Pippi is, as she says herself, only a “turnupstuffer” who finds and wants to keep her world of games.


Only when faced with her playful spontaneity, the bourgeois world with its rules and conventions is disclosed in all its absurdity. And if we look closely, it actually becomes more unusual than Pippi, this cultivated world in which spontaneity and directness are considered unusual.

“Children should be seen, not heard,” says Annika’s and Tommy’s mother somewhere, and this is exactly what Pippi is rebelling against. She simply forces adults to exercise their ears when they meet her, despite the fact that adults – sometimes politely, sometimes less so – try everything to tame, or, to put it nicely, cultivate her. But during these encounters we see that the ridiculous ones are these very cultivated and very limited adults.

Marinka Poštrak
 
     
 

Cast


Actors:
Janja Majzelj - Pippi
Janez Škof - Tommy
Boris Kos - Tommy
Mojca Partljič - Annika
Pavle Ravnohrib -
Željko Hrs -
Marko Mlačnik -
Ivan Rupnik -
Robert Prebil -
Uroš Maček -
Ravil Sultanov -
Nataša Sultanova -
Valerij Jeraj -
Breda Krumpak -
Boris Prevec -
Mitja Strašek -
Vlado Tot -
Silvo Zupančič -
 
     
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Assistant costume designer
Aleksandra Šaronjić

Author
Astrid Lindgren

Banjo
Silvo Zupančič

Dramaturg
Marinka Poštrak

Movement
Marko Mlačnik

Music
Igor Leonardi

String quartet
Valerij Jeraj
Štefan Marčec
Mitja Strašek
Vlado Tot

Accordion
Uroš Maček

Musicians on the recording
Nino de Gleria
David Jarh
Igor Leonardi
Aleš Rendla

Double bass
Ravil Sultanov

Costume designer
Alan Hranitelj

Language consultant
Mateja Dermelj

Light
Matjaž Brišar

Make-up
Barbara Pavlin

Adaptation
Andrej Rozman Doukštumf

Director
Vito Taufer

Cartoon
Samo Lapajne

Saxophone
Breda Krumpak

Set designer
Andrej Erjavec

Sound
Marijan Sajovic
Silvo Zupančič

Stage manager
Janez Pavlovčič
 
     

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