The Soft Ships is a documentary film about the theatre company Kugla glumište, the most important avant-garde theatrical, multimedia, and interdisciplinary art collective in Croatia and SFR Yugoslavia from the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Kugla saw theatre as an urban ritual and social situation rather than in its traditional form. It disrupted theatre as a “cube”, where the audience’s place was known in advance, and instead established the theatre as Kugla (“globe”), a non-drama theatre, complete theatre overlapping with life. The collective found it important to create a new way of organizing work in theatre production.
Željko Zorica – Šiš (1957-2013) was a multimedia artist, participant of the cult Kugla glumište theatre company, production designer, puppeteer and drama creator, graphic designer, writer and director. He’d been active in various artistic fields from 1976. He founded the Ulješura, Kačinsky Troup and Uplašene žirafe theatre companies, as well as the multimedia and comic book group ZZOT and the art organization Studio Artless. He’s a recipient of several awards across various artistic disciplines. He carried out films Project Carmen (2006) and My Tramuntana (2009). He started working on the film The Soft Ships (2022) with a desire to document and preserve the memory of the work of Kugla glumište.
THE SOFT SHIPS (doc.)
DIRECTOR: Željko Zorica-Šiš
PRODUCTION: Studio Artless
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