Contemporary opera project “Opera Genome” jointly carried out by the production company “Operomanija” and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre invites people to share their experiences, stories and moods, thus contributing to the creation of a new opera.
This year, the festival of performing arts Lessingtage (named after critic and dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing) organised by Hamburg Thalia theatre took place on 20 January – 6 February. Opera Have A Good Day! by Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė presenting stories of 10 cashiers at trade centre closed the festival at Thalia theatre on 5 and 6 of February. Tickets to both performances were sold out long before the start of the festival, however, there were other challenges the creative team faced while touring.
After 14 years of active operation, production company Operomanija launches its first Internet Site www.operomanija.lt. Formerly the organisation relied on social platforms, media and a site dedicated to New Opera Festival to promote its ongoing projects, whereas from now on it invites everyone to visit the newly launched site to follow its news and repertoire, and to browse its original “database-archive” exploring rich history of the company filled with performances, events, festivals, tours, residencies and critical reviews. All information is presented in Lithuanian and English.
Critically acclaimed noise machines are continuing their journey with a new version of Bad Weather series – “Navigation II”. Each version of Bad Weather is always slightly different, depending upon the peculiarities of the hall and overall context of the event. This time, it was presented at “Without distance” – Lithuanian culture in Bavaria very close festival.
Another award in the field of Lithuanian contemporary art – recently it was announced that the performance of Baroque noise machines Navigations (from the Bad Weather series) by Arturas Bumšteinas was awarded first prize as the best piece (Open category) at the international Carapelli for Art competition organised by Carapelli Foundation. The piece competed against more than 1700 works of contemporary art presented by artists from 80 countries. However, this appreciation was followed by some unpleasant surprises that nearly led to refusal to accept the award.
On the 5th of November, the main award ceremony of the Lithuanian professional theatre – Golden Crosses of the Stage took place at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
A slightly ironic glance at the present, through glasses of the past – that is how one might describe the result of collaboration between dramatist Birutė Kapustinskaitė and director Karolis Kaupinis, resulting in series of musical pictures from the archives of Lithuanian Television, titled Radvila Darius, son of Vytautas. On the 21st and 22nd of October, at 7pm, this tragicomic piece, weaving a kind of “transtemporal” dialogue saturated with absurd paradoxes, will once again be shown at the culture complex Sodas 2123.
Listen attentively, not casually – a reminder coming along the newly released double LP of audio performance Audiokaukas by sound artist Arturas Bumšteinas. Nostalgia for active, private and repeated listening, along with a desire to present a modern transformation of pre-1990s radio theatre tradition have led to this new musical release, reminding of the phantasmagorical time of the nineties. On Sunday, 23rd of August, at 4pm a presentation of the LP will take place at creative industries’ centre Pakrantė (Rupert), accompanied by the conversation of the author with musicologist and philosopher Edvardas Šumila.
“The Filler surely and clearly speaks about the present, not the past,” wrote theatre critic Rima Jūraitė after the beta-version of sonic experience The Filler, which took place in Autumn 2019. As the calendar spring is beginning, the renewed sonic narrative referencing the times of the Vilna Ghetto and revealing the stories of Jews who lived therein will be regularly showcased throughout March.