With the performance, director Tin Grabnar and other members of the creative team aim to raise awareness about the causes and effects of climate change, about the interconnectedness of events and people’s behaviour across the globalised world, and about the power of the individual to change things for the better. The Sky Above takes us where few people have set foot, where the living conditions are different from what we are used to, where forests no longer grow, and where life has adapted to one of the most extreme environments on Earth: the Arctic, the kingdom of the polar bear, a landscape of sea, covered most of the year in a thick layer of ice and snow. This is also an area of high biodiversity, one telling new environmental stories every day. The main protagonist is Nanook, a polar bear. Having just climbed out of his shelter, Nanook is taking a curious look around and making his first steps across the white plain, snow crystals giving way under his paws. A long and challenging journey lies ahead of him, and its fate also depends on us... Nanook’s story is but the tip of the iceberg in the climate emergency humanity is facing today, and his journey illustrates just a handful of the situations one can see happening around the globe. It is no longer a question of whether or not the climate is changing; this is a reality unfolding before our eyes, affecting our daily lives. 

The performance is created in co-production of: Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Mladinsko Theatre, University of Ljubljana, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture.

  • Authors: Tin Grabnar, Tjaša Bertoncelj, Tadeja Pungerčar
  • Directed and conceived: Tin Grabnar
  • Dramaturgy: Tjaša Bertoncelj, Nina Šorak
  • Puppet design: Jasna Vastl
  • Music: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar
  • Violin: Pavla Smrekar
  • Set design: Tin Grabnar
  • Sound effects design: Mateja Starič
  • Language editing: Mateja Dermelj, Tina Malič
  • Puppet design assistant: Nastja Miheljak
  • Set design consultant: Sara Slivnik
  • Chemistry consultant: Žiga Ponikvar (Sveučilište u Ljubljani / University of Ljubljana)
  • Language coach: Mateja Dermelj
  • Lighting design: Kristjan Vidner
  • Stage manager and sound technician: Mitja Vasič
  • Lights: Kristjan Vidner
  • Puppets, Set and Costumes Production: Nastja Miheljak, Jasna Vastl, Zala Kalan, David Klemenčič, Zoran Srdić, Žiga Lebar, Uroš Mehle s. p., UV d.o.o., Mizarstvo Perovšek, Sandra Birjukov
  • Cast: Anita Gregorec, Lovro Finžgar
  • Age: 5+
  • Duration: 40 min
  • Language: in Slovenian with Croatian subtitles


Ljubljana Puppet Theatre is the principal Slovenian puppet theatre, hosting puppet shows and drama performances for children, youth and adults. The theatre, which operates in six venues, also boasts two festivals, taking place every two years (in alternation). One of the theatre’s crucial activities is also attending to the preservation of the rich Slovenian puppetry legacy.

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