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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Based on Oscar Wilde

DIRECTOR, DESIGNER: Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė
COMPOSER: Rita Mačiliūnaitė
CHOREOGRAPHER: Sigita Mikalauskaitė
DRAMATURGY CONSULTANT: Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
CAST: Sigita Mikalauskaitė, Šarūnas Gedvilas, Erika Gaidauskaitė, Deivis Sarapinas


PRODUCER: Vilnius Theatre LĖLĖ


DURATION: 60 min.


LANGUAGE: no words

DATE: 25 September 2019, 18:30

VENUE: Vilnius Theatre LĖLĖ (Arklių str. 5)

Oscar Wilde, an Irish writer, was famous for his charm and extravagance, both in his works and in the aesthetic of life. At the age of 34, he published his book “The Happy Prince and Other Tales” and became famous and a well-known author after that. It may be said that his only novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, first published in 1890, was written in the form of a fairy tale as well. However, in the latter piece of work, the content was considerably gloomier… Thus it came of no surprise that a scandal occurred after the publication: it was demanded to ban the novel and to condemn the author for the promotion of an immoral way of life.

The creative group of the performance “The Picture of Dorian Gray” consists of well-known puppet theatre artists, the results of joint work of whom were first seen in the performance “The Sandman” –  directed by G. Radvilavičiūtė, along with stage designer Renata Valčik and composer Rita Mačiliūnaitė, it won the Golden Stage Cross Award. The new performance somewhat continues the discussion on the duality of human personality and his self-transformation.


“When looking at a picture, a person enters another time. The time expands. A person recognizes himself in a portrait. Looking at a portrait is like looking in the mirror. The mirror gives a person a unique opportunity to see himself, his face, his eyes, and allows for a dialogue with himself. Looking at his appearance, a person sees his inside world. Looking in the mirror, a person can enter another world. And these two worlds may merge. When looking in the mirror, we can see what is not directly visible to our eyes. The depth of the mirror tells us that we can see much more or very differently from what we see in our reality. The mirror is our personal portrait of the present.

Today, people are surrounded by numbers of mirrors, i.e. reflective surfaces, starting from real mirrors and windows and finishing with lakes and pools, snowflakes, pieces of coal, etc. All of them create cracks in the visible world and the material fabric; they are like windows to another world. However, excessive concentration on oneself and the physical appearance is the path to vanity, selfishness, profanity, excellence, egocentrism. The beauty and success mean nothing without love, close people, and walk together. The life gives no joy if one constantly looks at himself.

Until now, some tribes still believe that the mirror can steal the soul.”

Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė


Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė

Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė – puppet theatre director and stage designer notable for her unique artistic character, authentic directorial choices, inclination to experiment and search for new forms. She was born in 1981. In 1999-2006 studied theatre directing at Klaipėda University. Since 2004 she is working at Klaipėda Puppet Theatre as an artistic director, director and stage designer. She participated at the international festivals in Russia, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Ireland, Sweden, and other. Her show The Sandman was awarded the Golden Stage Cross prize of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture for the best performance of the year in puppet and object theatre category (2014).

Vilnius Theatre “LĖLĖ”

Vilnius Theatre LĖLĖ is situated in the former house of Duke Oginsky in the Old Town of Vilnius. Vilnius Puppet Theatre, the predecessor of today’s LĖLĖ, was established in 1958 by a puppeteer, actor and director Balys Lukošius. Later the famous Lithuanian puppeteer and stage designer Vitalijus Mazuras joined the theatre and took the position of the leader. The plays he had staged, Little Ash Duck, White Boy Nobody, The Lamb’s Dream, The Earth’s Daughterand others resulted in the aesthetic revolution of the 1970-1980’s East European puppet theatre art. Today the theatre no only aims at continuing this tradition, but also invited young promising Lithuanian theatre artists to create puppet and interdisciplinary works.


The performance is partly funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.