A big congratulations to artist Darka Erdelji on winning the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) 2009 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award this week.
Darka is a puppeteer, sceneographer, illustrator, and the artistic director of Soup
Theatre. Originally from Slovenia, she came to Newfoundland in
2003. Since then she has produced and performed puppet adaptations of Hans
Christian Andersen’s Big Klaus Little
Klaus; An Old House (based on a
Slovenian Fairytale); and The Crane Wife
(a Japanese story).
She has served as puppet sceneographer
and set designer with several Newfoundland companies including the Gros Morne
Theatre Festival (Magic Jack and the
Jelly Beanstalk), Wonderbolt Circus (All Fool’s Day and Tricksters), and the Resource Centre for
the Arts (Borrowed Black). She has
also worked with Andy Jones on King o Fun and The Queen of Paradise’s Garden.
As an illustrator Darka has created
several stamps for her own country’s postal system. Her book credits include
illustrations for Andy Jones’ The Queen
of Paradise’s Garden, Beni Malone and Marian Francis White’s The Sights Before Christmas, and Ivo
Stropnik’s Velenjice (Velenje