SALTO MORTALE

Games on the edge.

„Salto Mortale“ is a story about ordinary youngsters in an unordinary environment – a travelling amusement park. That’s where summer holidays do not mean laying on the beach with your friends but constant travelling and working for the family business.

14-year-old Valter’s life consists of merry-go-rounds and manning the darts stand, as well as adventures with his friends and fights with his younger sister Anna. His sister seems to be an embodiment of perfection in their parents’ eyes. Valter sees Anna as an annoying girl and a spiteful tyrant who steals all positive attention from him. This is also the reason he decides he must take action once his best friend falls in love with Anna. However, his deed leads to consequences for which he must take responsibility. For real.

This production is a collaboration between Slovakian Theatre Institute and VAT Theatre in the framework of project Platform 11+. Young playwrights Kristiina Jalasto and Michaela Zakutanska (Slovakia) wrote two youth plays that are based on the storyline and characters created together. Kati Kivitar (Estonia) directed the version titled „Salto Mortale Kombat“ in Bratislava in spring 2011. In VAT Theatre the play will be directed also by Kati Kivitar in the spring 2012.

The plays and productions are supported by European Commission funded theatre programme Platform 11+. This is a network of 13 theatres from 11 European countries, and it is focussing on new playwriting for the youth. The lead theatre of the project is Brageteatret from Drammen, Norway, and the project leader is Dirk Neldner from Germany.

Duration: 1 h 20 minutes. No intermission.
Premiere: March 6, 2012 in National Library Theatre Hall

Photographer: Siim Vahur

Authors: Kristiina Jalasto (Drama School of Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre) and Michaela Zakutanska (Slovakia)
Director: Kati Kivitar
Designer: Pille Kose
Lighting designer: Sander Põllu
Musical designer: Ago Soots
Video designer: Peeter Ritso
Performers: Ago Soots, Meelis Põdersoo, Rauno Kaibiainen, Katariina Ratasepp or Liis Haab
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