“Something about fears

In Lithuania re-opened the iconic Youth theatre of Vilnius

The play “the Brothers Lionheart”Photo: press-service of the Youth theatre

– At the end of April the State youth theatre of Vilnius was organized together with the City theatre, Oskaras Koršunovas the five-day showcase of performances of the current season of “Showcase”. This is the first demonstration of the Youth theatre, recently opened after restoration. Youth theatre, born in the mid 60-ies of XX century, declares his intentions to become a actual art project where you will be working with the Directors from different countries and generations.

The Lithuanian theatre of the last few decades – the most important cultural phenomenon that influenced the development of not only national but also international theatre. Such Lithuanian Directors as Eimuntas Nekrosius, Oskaras koršunovas, Jonas Vaitkus, Rimas Tuminas, Valentinas Masalskis, Mindgems have Kabouris well-known Russian and West European audience. In Youth theatre, after graduating from GITIS in 1977 he came to work Eimuntas Nekrosius. With a small break in cooperation with the Kaunas theatre Nyakroshus worked in the Youth theatre until 1992. There he put their religious performances, is now included in the history of theatre of the second half of the twentieth century.

It was a period of intensive development leading theatre on the world stage. Now, for theatre it’s time update: on review of presented plays and Nyakroshus, and his disciple Adam Claret and performances of Lithuanian theatre Director of the younger generation Olga Lapina, classic Hungarian theatre of árpád Schilling and Kirsten Delhom, Danish filmmaker and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art and theatre.

For performance-boardwalk “the fears” Olga Lapina involved astenicheskiy space Youth theatre. Ten solid wooden black boxes, which played episodes of the show, located in corridors, under stairs, in the administrative premises of the theatre, and, of course, are perceived not only by children’s fears, but as a tour of the updated theatre.

The play On “fears”

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It’s a bold gesture for the theater with a classic stage-box-and slow-spreading at the beginning of each performance heavy curtains. All the rigidity of the traditional halls easily destroyed by the intervention of a specially created room-boxes in the space of the theater. Only ten people can simultaneously participate in the immersion in the world of children’s phobias.

In the room, which lead the perplexed to the speed of the action the audience, heard the story from the youngest, the oldest narrator is 9 years old. This documentary history, which in all naivety produce the same chilling effect as once produced horror stories told in a dark room. One of the girls talks about how her parents went to the movies and left her with my neighbour. The situation is someone else’s apartment was very different from home, and the girl began to feel that all that surrounds her, it is dangerous, even the branches, knocking at the window made her terror. The whole box, which tells this story, with antique furniture and trees, it smells musty and old age. Lapin works with archetypal phobias. Once in the apartment, even an adult can feel scary forest.

In the other room the girl tells about how she got lost in a field of rye, where he had fled from her sister, who seemed to her to be a Gypsy woman who came one day to her house. The space of this room is represented as a maze of tall rye ears, in which increasing the acceleration of the spectators flee, holding hands, not yet out as the girl from eared prison.

Box fears tell the dentist about the first meeting with someone else’s death, about how one day the boy almost drowned. In the last room of fears, there is only the face of adults who talk about how they were able to overcome their fears and grow happy despite childhood trauma. This life-affirming walk through the children’s worlds that give themselves to the children and their parents.

A story about courage in the Youth theatre presented Kirsten Delholm. It has put performance “the Brothers Lionheart” at the most controversial and creepy fairy tale by Astrid Lindgren.

The play “the Brothers Lionheart”

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Delholm is one of the key artists of visual theatre from performance to performance, experimenting with space and way to portray history. In 1985 she created in Denmark your own performance theatre Hotel Pro Form, which is considered one of the most radical non-traditional institutions in Denmark. “The brothers Lionheart”, the second performance Delholm in Vilnius, and the fact that it invited Youth theatre, only confirms his desire to answer the queries of time. Another thing, in such a conservative space is difficult to turn even such masters as Delholm.

In the play, of course, the most important are shown with the help of video projections: a terrible forest fire in the house, the battle dragons, the afterlife Nangijala country where most of the action. Only sensitively played their roles the characters exist outside the virtual reality, though, and actively interact with it. Fantastic images covered the back of the stage, sometimes the individual scenes projected on the stage leaving a square white canvas. Accents are placed by means of an online survey of the monologues of the actors. Expressive, but too conditional to work. At some point in the events did not believe even the children, laughing in the hall and interested in the more technical features of creation of a particular scene. This performance showed that even with all the willingness to experiment, the theatre needs to rethink the very space of the stage.

Hungarian Director Arpad Schilling created for a three-hour theatre performance of”Autonomy”. This is his second production in Lithuania as well as for Delholm.

The Performance Of “Autonomy”

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“Autonomy” is a work based on improvisations the actors in the process of its creation. In the center of the story – the father and three sons. Father – a successful businessman who made a successful career, because at the right time in the right place. But his sons may not find themselves in life. The elder son is a filmmaker, wants to film a documentary about the daily life of his family in the style of American Lithuanian Jonas Mekas, who founded experimental film in the United States. Instead, he gets poetic sketches from the life of the family and the family history with their skeletons in the closet, filmed in the style of “Dogma-95”.

Sam Schilling says of his play: “the Problem of autonomy is a big and important. Who we really are? To be Autonomous in this part of Europe is very difficult, very often we have to drop everything and give his own life in the wrong hands. It is very difficult to preserve their national or personal autonomy in captivity. The experience of being in captivity makes independent people of the same total mass. This happens from generation to generation. To adapt is becoming easier, harder to say “no, I choose another path.” My personal autonomy begins with the ability to say “no.”

In the play every actor starts from his personal experience, in the end it show where each part of the whole, but each Autonomous in its original history. In the play clearly shows that history is at desire it is possible to rewrite, to tell about one person and how about the traitor, and as a hero. Optics changes everything, even the most terrible and senseless events can be justified.

The senselessness of the war in a grotesque form tells the student Nyakroshus Adam soup. On the small stage of the Youth theatre he staged “Schweik” is known for nadopasana the novel by Jaroslav Hasek. Soup chose a few episodes from a huge novel that literally is present at the scene: the main character is reading this book at the beginning and end of the play. Through a series of conditional maximum situations, the soup is trying to reach out to the truth, trying to understand what it’s like to go through, like Svejk, through the war with a smile.

Performance “Svejk”

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Smile impossible the performance of Eimuntas Nyakroshus “Zinc”. This is an attempt to understand the personality of the Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksievich, received in 2015 the Nobel prize for literature, and all the grief that overwhelmed her documentary book “Zinc boys” about the war in Afghanistan and “the Chernobyl prayer”. It is important that the Director is not trying simply to portray the stories collected in the books the author. Without her presence in this chronicle “of feelings, not of events” lost a lot. In order to tell the world about such pain, you need to be a little fragile girl, which is due to the sensitivity and understanding of the situation has a lot to reveal, in order to show the world his madness.

The Performance Of “Zinc”

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The history of Claret and Nyakroshus – protest war, protest without strain. This is an attempt to show not only the adults but also the young people how it happened and how absurd and scary the world can be.

Fears are different: children, as in the play Lapina, they are easy to get rid of, there are fears of torture, blood and a strange inhuman pain. To get rid of them is impossible. This tells us a new repertoire of the Vilnius youth theatre.

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