Vilnius International Theatre Festival "Sirens" (Vilniaus tarptautinis teatro festivalis "Sirenos")

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Country and Region LithuaniaVilnius
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Festival Contact Information

Oskaras Koršunovas Theater
Ašmenos st. 8,
LT-01135, Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone +370 5 2122099
Fax.: +370 5 2611877

Festival Description

The International Vilnius Theater Festival Sirens has found itself successfully coinciding with the cultural ambitions of the Vilnius City Government and the Oskaras Korsunovas Theater. By accumulating valuable international contacts, perceiving and creating a context of international theater life, the OKT was planning to expand its activity, which is how the new theatrical initiative found a place under the roof of the public enterprise “Vilnius Festivals” that was created in 2003. Why the name “Sirens”? In ancient mythology, these bird-like women were dangerously tempting sailors passing by. The festival is like a temptation, an invitation, a magical spell impossible to overcome.

Festival Dates September 26 - October 6, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lithuanian showcase — September 26-29, 2013:
  • September 26th, Thursday
    • 18.30 Tadeusz Słobodzianek OUR CLASS (Dir. Yana Ross)
      Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
      “Our Class” is contemporary dramaturgy written by a theatre person who lives at the same time as ourselves, which means that he speaks with us directly, not skipping generations. It has been a long time since I have encountered such a strong voice, and such a dramaturgically intense and psychologically taut plot. An individual is the most complex biochemical mechanism. In certain circumstances he takes one or another decision. It is impossible to separate the moral-ethic discourse from a historical context, but we should not manipulate theory. We can only hope that every one of us will try to remain human and will not discard his or her morals and beliefs at gunpoint. 
“Our Class” for the Lithuanian audience is a test of fortitude: do we have strength to look at our past? Do we have dignity to look back and take the responsibility for the future of our history? Is our soul free to understand and re-experience what our grandparents undoubtedly saw and will take to their graves?
  • September 27, Friday
    • 12.00 Anton Chekhov SEAGULL (Dir. Oskaras Korsunovas)
      OKT / Vilnius City Theatre
      “No other playwright has ever been protected from true feelings so much as Chekhov. Rephrasing the title of one of his short stories “The Man in a Case”, his situation could be described as “a playwright in a case”. The lake of love of his plays, as he himself calls it in “The Seagull”, was constantly drained, reclaimed, and made shallow. Passion, love, envy, and hate were shrouded in intellectual omissions, respect for the classics, Chekhovian atmosphere, and discussions over the tea, while life was passing by. But all of that is academic, and even political, censorship. In fact, in Chekhov’s plays life does not pass by – it reveals itself to the characters and the audience in all its existential horror. All good Chekhovian productions – and they are very few – are passionate, human, and even indecently open. To find a contemporary intonation for Chekhov is to look absolutely openly at the caricatures of the present time. Or, as Astrov from “Uncle Vanya” puts it, to see how strange we are, and what losses we hide from ourselves. In producing Chekhov, we should not forget that he was a physician in the literal and figurative sense of the word. To produce Chekhov is to diagnose the diseases of our time, the gout of the soul, operating with intonations like scalpels”, says the director Oskaras Korsunovas, who chose for his first Chekhovian production both his usual creative collaborators, and very young actors.
    • 17.00 Euripides BACCHAE (Dir. Gintaras Varnas)
      Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
      uripides did not live to see the premiere of Bacchae. It was his last tragedy produced after his death. Interestingly enough, several years after this production Athens were conquered, and Euripides was accused of having put an end to the Golden Age of Greece with his Bacchae. Isn’t it a huge compliment to the theatre? And to Euripides? Bacchae is a tragedy of the decadence, or end, of civilisation, which evolves as a comedy. Strange modernism of Classical Antiquity. Bacchae is a tragedy of madness of Greece, its rulers and its people. (Jan Kott, “The Eating of Gods”)
    • 20.00 FIGHT CLUB After Chuck Palahniuk’s novel (Dir. Vidas Bareikis)
      State Youth Theatre
  • September 28, Saturday
    • 12.00 HAVE A GOOD DAY! Contemporary opera
      The plot of this opera is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical “Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!”, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are revealed to the audience and turned into short, personal dramas. The characters of the various saleswomen represent the social landscape of Lithuania and reflect the topics of the day, such as emigration, unemployment and a patriarchate-dominant mentality, or serve as stylistic figures created for musical and textual variation.
    • 14.00 Ewald Palmetshofer HAMLET IS DEAD. NO GRAVITY (Dir. Paulius Ignatavicius)
      Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
      Hamlet is Dead. No gravity deals with how human beings tense up in unwanted situations, when they come to a standstill and realise they have no prospects. Heaven is empty. The law of nature at best is a lyrical joke. And politics do not exist beyond one’s own condition. Now that the total economisation of our living space has become a reality, the axes are spinning fast, the world is a centrifuge, and the question of whether to be or not to be loses significance when it has already been decided what the answer is: not to be. To penetrating comic effect, Ewald Palmetshofer weaves language and rhythm into something threatening that ultimately leaves just one question open: To resign or to act?
    • 17.00 Dante Alighieri THE DIVINE COMEDY (Dir. Eimuntas Nekrosius) Meno Fortas Theatre
      In his production created after the first two parts of Dante’s poem, Inferno and Purgatorio, Eimuntas Nekrošius explores the inner world of a creator and a poet, as well as the realms of creative quest, love, and faith. In his production, the dreams, memories, doubts, appeals to the Muses, heaven, and imagination of the Poet (lead actor Rolandas Kazlas) are as real and significant as his dialogues with the characters, which he meets on his journey to the netherworld.
  • September 29, Sunday
    • 12.00 Samuel Beckett KRAPP’S LAST TAPE (Dir. Oskaras Korsunovas)
      OKT / Vilnius City Theatre
      Russian Drama Theatre
      Oskaras Korsunovas and Juozas Budraitis have nurtured the idea of a production after “Krapp’s Last Tape” by the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett for more than two decades. The work chosen by these artists is among the classics of literature of the absurd, and addresses the painful topic of transitions of the human age. As the main and only character in the play, Krapp, states, it is his retrospective journey to the past. Having lived a long life, the man sits in his room, lost among a great many tales with recordings of his own voice from the past. “The idea to produce “Krapp’s Last Tape” was born more than twenty years ago, after my first production “There to Be Here” after Daniil Kharms. And now we have felt that the time has come”, says Oskaras Korsunovas.
    • 15.00 Alexander Vvedensky CHRISTMAS AT THE IVANOVS (Dir. Jonas Vaitkus)
      In 2013 the production won four Golden Crosses of the Stage (main Lithuanian theatre awards) in the categories of directing, set design, music, and male lead. The bathing of children in a family of well-off intellectuals before Christmas holidays is cut short, when a nanny grabs an axe and decapitates one of her charges. The story ends as unexpectedly as it has begun, when after a sequence of absurd deaths the play is left without any characters. It is with this plot by the famous Russian absurdist Alexander Vvedensky (1904–41) that the creative team of the director Jonas Vaitkus addresses the audience.
    • 18.30 Dante Alighieri PARADISE (Dir. Eimuntas Nekrosius)
      Meno Fortas Theatre
      Created after the third part of Dante’s poem, this production by Eimuntas Nekrošius retains the logical and emotional continuity of his previous stage work Divine Comedy, but at the same time is an independent work. The director created Paradise with Lithuanian actors and presented it for the first time in Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, Italy. After the premiere Italian theatre critics unanimously asserted that Nekrošius managed not only to create a totally immersing action, but also subject the energetics of Teatro Olimpico to create the emotional suggestion of his performance.
    • 21.00 Premiere (Dir. Konstantin Bogomolov), more information coming soon!
      Vilnius Small Theatre
Foreign Program 2013:
  • September 30, 18.00 and 21.00
    • Henrik Ibsen PEER GYNT (Dir. Oskaras Korsunovas) Oslo National Drama Theatre (Norway)
  • October 2, 18.30
    • LEGIONNARIES (Dir. Valters Sīlis) Ģertrūdes ielas Theatre (Latvia)
  • October 3, 18.30
    • William Shakespeare MACBETH (Dir. David Doiashvili) Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre (Georgia)
  • October 4, 19.00
    • VERSO MEDEA (Dir. Emma Dante) Sud Costa Occidentale company (Italy)
  • October 5, 18.30
  • October 6, 18.30


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