The closing statement of the Mateřinka 2017 jury
“Grandma, why are your eyes so big?” the Red Riding Hood asks her. And the wolf answers to her: “So I could better see all the productions of the Mateřinka festival.” These could have been the dialogues in the festival jury, if Mr. Stanislav Doubrava appointed a kind of the canis lupus breed into the jury. It has not happened this year and the jury consists only of people, however considering the number of animals introduced during Mateřinka, adding one or two members of the animal kingdom to the jury would be possible … Well, maybe next time…
And how did the human jury see this year Mateřinka?
- The most noticeable and original were those performances whose authors were floating freely on the waves of imagination, who developed the children fantasy more through the magic of art and music rather than through many words.
- Adaptations of literary pieces were dominating among the titles of this year Mateřinka. The authors of the original texts for puppet theatres were presented only through Iva Peřinová and her two plays.
- Parasitic description, re-telling and illustration of already seen were widely presented in some of the productions...
- Despite the above mentioned remarks, the jury is happy to say, that the majority of Mateřinka 2017 productions were on a very high level, performed by ensembles so called statutory or independent. There are other individual performances of a great quality besides the awarded productions. Performances which should belong to the standard in the puppet theatre (not only) for the youngest audience.
Unique experiences were prepared by the organizers also in the noncompetitive programme. We can mention the performance of Petr Nikl Dwarf Dance, where the children became a natural part of the scene. Or the Liberec ensemble and their new production There Are Places Favoured by Darkness which became to us the free sequel of the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea, just for older children. Or the Ballroom Třešť and their Orchestroj where the performers and the audience showed a great deal of water-resistance.
Based on this experience, the jury has recommended to the organizers to establish another jury also for the noncompetitive programme for the next jubilee year.
In Liberec, 17th June 2017 Z.A.Tichý- President of Jury
Awards of Mateřinka "17" Festival
The Special Recognition of the jury to Michaela Homolová, Filip Homola, Adam Kubišta and Dan Kranich for the collective of acting in the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea, The Naïve Theatre Liberec
The Special Recognition of the jury to Nicolas Ankoudinoff and Joeri Wens for the music and its presentation in the production Beat the Drum!, De Spiegel Theatre, Antwerp, Belgium
The Special Recognition of the jury to Marek Zákostelský and Karel F. Tománek for the original drama adaptation of the book by K. Čapek Dášeňka, Puppet Theatre Ostrava
The Special Recognition of the jury of the music and sound design of the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea, to Filip Homola and Milan Blažek, The Naïve Theatre Liberec
The Festival Award for the set design of the production Beat the Drum!, Wim Van de Vyver, De Spiegel Theatre, Antwerp, Belgium
The Festival Award for the concept of the production Beat the Drum!, Karel Van Ransbeeck, De Spiegel Theatre, Antwerp, Belgium
The Festival Award for the original script of the Norwegian fairytale to Cakes and Puppets Theatre, Prague
The Festival Award for the original puppets of animals in the production Wild Things to Ivana Macková, Odivo Theatre, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
The Festival Award for drama adaptation of the classic fairytale Bajaja to Filip Jevič, DAMÚZA Studio, Prague
The Festival Award for the set design of the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea to Barbora Jakůbková, The Naïve Theatre Liberec
The Festival Award for the dramaturgy and cooperation at the script in the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea to Vít Peřina, The Naïve Theatre Liberec
The Festival Award for the direction and the cooperation at the script in the production Bohemia Lies by the Sea to Michaela Homolová, The Naïve Theatre Liberec