Based on "The Book of Sand" and "Fictions" by Jorge Luis Borges
DIRECTOR, SCENOGRAPHER, STAGING AUTHOR: Adomas Juška
DIRECTOR ASSISTANT: Lukas Petrauskas
CAST: Andrius Bialobžeskis, Aleksas Kazanavičius, Arūnas Sakalauskas, Augustė Šimulynaitė, Motiejus Ivanauskas
PRODUCER: Lithuanian State Youth Theatre
CO-PRODUCER: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
DURATION: 1 hr 40 min
LANGUAGE: Lithuanian with English surtitles
RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
DATE: 27 September 2019, 16:30
VENUE: Lithuanian State Youth Theatre, Stage 99 (Arklių str. 5, Vilnius)
Adomas Juška’s final project at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Fictions, is based on short stories by Jorge Luis Borges. His short stories guide young director to depict a unique journey through an author’s life – from the first moments of creative inspiration to his reflections as an old man. Similar to a square piece of paper, the small limited stage becomes a place for the personal and the creative realities to intertwine with one’s dreams. The main question arises: why do some people choose to better live inside the ficticious world rather than reality
“It’s not a biographical performance about Borges’ life, although it will inevitably contain details from his life because Borges often included himself in his short stories as a character. In the performance the majority of the characters are writers. Associations are important to me and so is the search for magic realism. The text is sparse. The action of the play took shape while working with the actors. A completely new story of the man’s life was created during the rehearsals. I think we’re creating not just because someone will come and see our work, but for more spiritual reasons. For reasons not necessarily related to religion, but definitely related to the soul. I want this performance to raise the spectator above and beyond the reality and their usual context.”
Adomas Juška belongs to the youngest generation of Lithuanian directors. He was a student of Eimuntas Nekrošius. While still a student, he directed Švejk (2018, State Youth The- atre), which was a success, Fictions (2019, State Youth Theatre) was created a year later. Although he started his directing career just recently, the beginning is unquestionably solid.
State Youth Theatre was founded in Vilnius in 1965 and moved to its present building in 1982. The theatre became world famous thanks to Eimuntas Nekrošius’ early productions directed under the leadership of his first teacher director Dalia Tamulevičiūtė. In 2016, a renewed artistic programme of the Lithuanian State Youth Theatre was launched. Among its collaborators are such prominent Lithuanian and foreign directors as Eimuntas Nekrošius, Gintaras Varnas, Kirsten Dehlholm, Arpad Schilling, Yana Ross, Kristian Smeds, Eric Lacascade, and Krystian Lupa as well as promising young Lithuanian artists.