AUTHOR, DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER: Jo Strømgren (Norway)
SET DESIGN: Goda Palekaitė
LIGHTS: Vilius Vilutis
DIRECTOR ASSISTANTS: Dominyka Skarbaliūtė, Giedrė Kriaučionytė
DESIGNER ASSISTANT: Sima Jundulaitė
CAST: Diana Anevičiūtė, Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, Augustė Pociūtė, Rytis Saladžius,
Rasa Samuolytė, Mantas Stabačinskas, Ugnė Šiaučiūnaitė, Rimantė Valiukaitė
PRODUCER: Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
CO-PRODUCER: Jo Strømgren Kompani
PARTNERS: Anykščiai Cultural Centre, Norwegian Embassy
DURATION: 1h 15 min
LANGUAGE: nonsense language
RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
DATE: 26 September 2019, 19:00
VENUE: Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius)
When working on a dance performance, Jo Strømgren doesn’t ignore theatrical matter: scenography, nonsensical speech and narrative are important elements of The Door. A fragmented story gives the audience an opportunity to wander in a witty world of illusions and allusions. In a comic way, the performance asks us, where is it better to be – on this side of the door or behind it? But the grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it?
“There’s always something better on the other side, and this belief keeps us moving. Somewhere in Europe, a landmass divided by borders of nations, languages, religions and geographical barriers, the phenomenon of migration has always existed. It is a way to survive and a way to rebel, a possibility to restart a life but also – to burn the bridges and leave everything behind. Using movement and dance, we travel through different historic periods and regions, just in order to see the patterns that have always existed, the reasons for migration and how it evolves, from nation to nation.
As humans we are always confined to given spaces. To our house, to our school, to our workplace, to our country, to the type of restaurants we can afford, to the one we love or pretend to love. It is wonderful to belong somewhere, especially if your neighbour can’t afford a restaurant at all. Such things make us smile. But when the other neighbour one day comes home with a canoe on the car roof, we immediately feel miserable. And when we detect that particular smile, we definitively want a canoe. Even if we hate nature.
“The Door” aims to portray the most disappointing and destructive human features through a naivistic and associative look on a group of people separated by a wall. As everything always seems more interesting on the other side, a narrow door becomes the important threshold of change. But as one is never satisfied with what one has, the search for something better becomes an endless quest. Are we free-spirited individuals, maybe even charming and creative, or are we merely chained to our behaviour like Pavlov’s dogs?”
2018 National Theatre Award. Best Choreographer – Jo Strømgren
2018 National Theatre Award. Best Actor in Supporting Role – Rytis Saladžius
2018 National Theatre Award. Best Set Designer – Goda Palekaitė
2018 National Theatre Award. Best Light Designer – Vilius Vilutis
With a tradition spanning nearly 80 years, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre has been the home of our most prominent local performing arts work as well as artistic discussion about contemporary world.
Over the decades the theatre itself has been, with its iconic sculpture of the Three Muses crowning the main entrance, a symbol of the national cultural legacy. Since 2010 LNDT has held its focus on the future of theatre in its openness to new artistic forms, disciplines, and fields. Local as well as guest artists from around the world have been invited to create here, to share their perspectives with audiences, and to engage them in an intense, if sometimes provoking dialogue with the contemporary world. The theatre sees as crucial its role as an agora, a place for gathering and discussing the here and now by delving into our burning issues of modernity, an individual, and society.
The theatre has recently produced works by Krystian Lupa, Árpád Schilling, Lukasz Twarkowski, Saara Turunen, Anna Smolar, and Jo Strømgren. Its recent touring directions include festivals such as Festival d’Avignon and Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), Wuzhen Theatre Festival (China), Kontakt Festival (Poland), Festival Otono Madrid (Spain) etc.
The show is partly financed by Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.