SIRENOS Lithuanian Theatre Showcase

2024 June 14

The annual SIRENOS Lithuanian Theatre Showcase will take place from September 25th to 29th in Vilnius, presenting 10 shows created by both local and international artists in the past season in Lithuania.

This year the Showcase is curated by theatrologists Kristina Steiblytė and Alma Braškytė. 

Curators about their curatorial vision and the programme:

We have agreed to co-curate Sirenos Lithuanian showcase this year although we are coming from different theatre schools and generations. The differences in our approaches towards what we have seen in the 2023-2024 theatre season have created a rich space for discussion. In the end, we have selected ten performances. We have aimed to present not only the most interesting works of the season, but also the dramaturgical, institutional, disciplinary and genre diversity of the Lithuanian theatre scene. 

The showcase will feature five productions by state theatres and five ones created by independent companies. In addition to famous international authors (Bernard-Marie Koltès’s “West Pier” and Florian Zeller’s “The Mother”), we are pleased to present new Lithuanian plays (Virginija Rimkaitė’s absurdist drama “Patina” and Justas Tertelis’s mono-play “PRAeis”), as well as pieces adapted from novels or dramas (Yana Ross’s “Consider the Lobster”, based on David Foster Wallace’s prose, and the adaptation of Albert Camus’s “Caligula”, directed by Jokūbas Brazys). In addition, there will be plays, inspired by documentary reasearch, personalities and texts (Kamilė Gudmonaitė’s taxophone opera “Things I Didn’t Dare to Say, and Now It’s Too Late” and Paulius Markevičius’ experiential play “Cafè existans”). For a change of sight, we will give you a brief glance at Lithuanian visual theatre (Žilvinas Vingelis’ play about Jean Cocteau “Dilettante”) and contemporary dance (Silke Z., Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė’s “Lustopia”). 

Apart from theatre direction, which usually receives the most attention in Lithuania, we would like to point out the outstanding work of composers Dominykas Digimas and Andrius Šiurys, set designers Lauryna Liepaitė and Ona Juciūtė, the work of designer Julius Kuršis, and the excellent performances of actors from different generations. What connects this diversity into one is the capacity of the artists to direct  a theatrically playful look inwards, seeing themselves, theatre and the world, which is losing its grip on something so essential, it seems – love and sense.

The full program of the Lithuanian Showcase is here.

Guest registration for performing arts professionals (curators, producers, programmers) to SIRENOS festival is now open.