Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children will celebrate its 25th jubilee edition – a quarter of a century of its existence. Main Theatre Program, which will be held from July 1 – 12, 2017, will be the richest so far. The audience will have an opportunity to see and enjoy twenty professional performances of various genres for both children and youth.
Italian troupes Factory Company Transadriatica from Lecce and TIR Danza from Modena interpreted in an interesting way the well-known story by H.C. Andersen – An Ugly Duckling. The performance The Diary of an Ugly Duckling, by combining theater and dance with a simple, evocative narrative from the classic fairy tale by H.C. Andersen, investigates diversity, identity, and integration.
It is an adaptation of the fairy tale which tells the story of the diary of a small swan, believed to be a duckling, crossing the various stages of life as those told in the original story, through which she discovers herself and her place in the world, discovering diversity as a key and valuable element: being born and being rejected by family, going to school and being bullied, starting work, unexpected love that may soon disappear without a reason, the inexplicable horrors of war and hunting, a hostile world, etc. But, all that will last only until our "duckling" is able to look herself in the eye and accept herself as she is, just like the little duckling of Andersen's fairy tale who discovers his true identity by looking at his mirror image in the lake. The moral of this story is that we shouldn’t hide the scars we accumulate in life; instead, we could and should treasure them.