Our rather peculiar hostess lives together with animals, mushrooms and dream creatures. She brews colourful dyes from flowers, herbs and spices, and she likes to paint. While she does so, she is either silent or she is murmuring to herself. She’ll be happy to welcome you to her home, where you can look at her paintings, sit down and enjoy this miraculous meeting. Feel free to paint and have a cup of juice. For children from 3 years of age.
Little Visitors attempts to show things up close. To let you experience the moment of colour creation, feel how the paper soaks it up, see how to hold a brush, how it glides over the surface, and how it resists. It is a glance at things common and simple that, however, at a closer look speak in a language of miracles. The performance unfolds as a dialogue between Veronika Vlková, a painter and an illustrator, and Robert Smolík, a puppeteer and a scenographer. It is a dialogue on the border between an exhibition and theatre.
The artist Robert Smolík, is mainly dedicated to the creation of puppets, illustration & scenography. He has worked on the puppets for the film Kuku se vrací and for the film Čertí brko he was nominated for the Český lev award in the category of film set design. He has worked with a number of theatres such as Alfred ve dvoře, Buns and Puppets and the theatre group Handa Gote Researchand Development. Smolík lives in Jičín, where he founded a puppet theatre called Škrobotník, Šlundra a Šibrová – Skupina ŠŠŠ. He is currently an assistant professor at DAMU, Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre.
The artist Veronika Vlková is mainly dedicated to the illustration of children's books, which she creates in collaboration with the artist Jan Šrámek. Their latest books include the award-winning To je metro čéče and Apolenka z modrotisku, for which the duo won the Illustrator of the Year Award at the Czech Grand Design, 2020. She works at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno.