PETER KUS is composer, puppet theatre director, instrument builder and educator from Ljubljana, Slovenia. In his latest projects he is exploring the field where music and theatre meet. The results are puppet/musical performances like Black Kitchen (2004), The Voice (2005), Tristan Vox (2006), A King Listens (2007), The Lost Tone (2010), The Forest of Songs (2012), Bing, Bang, Boing – the noise making boy (2014) and Sound Kitchen (2015). He also investigates other puppet theatre techniques such as video (The Singing Castle, 2011) and shadows (Wolfheart, 2015). The performances were invited to numerous international festivals and received many awards for music and originality (see bellow). Peter Kus is also original musical instrument’s designer and builder. In September 2008 he conceived a widely appraised series of exhibitions of original musical instruments Euphonia, presented in various towns in Slovenia. From 2012 to 2015 his exhibition The Garden of Sound was presented in Reims (France), Wels (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Šibenik, Osijek and Rijeka (all in Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro). In October 2010 he published a guide book The Singing Castle, a Guide for Making Original Instruments in the form of a comic book together with the illustrator Kaja Avberšek.
- 2013 20th International Festival of Children’s Theatre, Subotica (Serbia) – The Forest of Songs, best music
- 2013 24h SLUK, Osijek (Croatia) – The Forest of Songs, award for innovation in puppetry
- 2012 15th ASSITEJ Meeting Croatia, Čakovec (Croatia) – The Forest of Songs, Best music, Best visual apperance (of original musical instruments)
- 2012 14th puppet festival Golden Sparkle, Kragujevac (Serbia) – The Singing Castle, best production idea
- 2011 100, 1.000, 1.000 Stories, Bucharest (Romania) – The Singing Castle, special award for the modernity of theatrical language and for using new media in a creative theatrical way
- 2011 6th Biennial of Slovene Puppeteers, Maribor (Slovenia) – The Singing Castle, special award for the use of original instruments in theatre
- 2010 19th Kotor Festival of Children’s Theatre, Kotor (Montenegro) – A King Listens, best performance in the category of the new theatre tendencies
- 2009 The 5th Biennial of Slovene Puppeteers, Maribor (Slovenia) – A King Listens, award for originality and poetry
- 2009 Lutfest, East Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – A King Listens – best original idea, best music
- 2007 The 4th Biennial of Slovene Puppeteers, Koper (Slovenia) – The Voice, most original performance, best music
- 2006 Summer Puppet Pier Maribor – The Voice, most original performance, best music
APPEARANCES AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS: Revue of Puppet Theaters, Rijeka, Croatia (2016), Pannopticum, Neusiedl am See, Austria (2016), Sommertraumhafen, Wies, Avstrija (2016), Vukovar Puppet Spring, Vukovar, Croatia (2016), Špancirfest, Varaždin, Croatia (2015), Tainan Arts Festival, Tainan, Taiwan (2015), Fantasima, Lienz, Austia (2015), International Children’s Festival, Šibenik, Croatia (2013, 2014); SLUK, Croatia (2013 and 2015), Pupentheatertage Mistelbach, Mistelbach, Austria (2012); Kijimuna Festa, Okinawa, Japan (2012), Puppet festival Golden Sparkle, Kragujevac, Serbia (2012); Cikl Cakl, St. Michael, Austria (2011); BEMUS Festival, Belgrade, Serbia (2011); Anim’est Festival, Bucharest, Romunia (2011); 100, 1.000, 1.000 Stories, Bucharest, Romania (2011); PIF Festival, Zagreb, Croatia (2011); FigurenTheaterFestival Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2011); Kotor Festival of Children’s Theater, Kotor, Montenegro (2011, 2012, 2015); Animateka Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2010); Three Are Too Many – Two – Not Enough, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2010); KinderKinder Festival, Hamburg, Germany (2010); Lent Festival, Maribor, Slovenia (2010); Druga godba, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2010); International Children’s Theater Festival, Subotica, Serbia (2010, 2011, 2013); Pomeriggi d’inverno, Gorizia, Italy (2010); Internationales Welser Figurentheaterfestival, Wels, Austria (2010, 2012, 2013); Luagna & Losna, Feldkirch, Austria (2009, 2011, 2015); Lutfest, East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2009, 2012); Summer Puppet Pier, Maribor, Slovenia (2006, 2008); Multikids, Vienna, Austria (2008); Puppets, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2008); Puppet & Music, Gorizia, Italy (2008).
APPEARANCES AT SLOVENIAN NATIONAL FESTIVALS: Biennial Festival of the Puppetry Artists of Slovenia, Koper, Slovenia (2005, 2007), Bleiberg (2009), Maribor (2011, 2015), Beavers Festival, Ljubljana (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), Pippi Longstokings Festival, Velenje (2011, 2012, 2014)