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Based on The Choice by Edith Eger

The Choice


Vilnius Theater “Lėlė”


DIRECTOR, PUPPET ARTIST: Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė
PLAYWRIGHT: Virginija Rimkaitė
CHOREOGRAPHER: Sigita Mikalauskaitė
COMPOSER: Rita Mačiliūnaitė
PUPPETRY: Virginija Pajarskienė, Gintarė Vaivadaitė, Marius Vaitkus, Justinas Šukaitis
CAST: Sigita Mikalauskaitė, Deivis Sarapinas, Lijana Muštašvili, Indrė Vėlyvytė, Eliza Bondarenko


PREMIERE: 29 December 2022
DURATION: 60 min

DATE: 24 September | 16:00
VENUE: Vilnius theater “Lėlė”, Big Hall

LANGUAGE: Lithuanian with English subtitles

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“Memories are often fragments, brief moments or encounters, which together form the scrapbook of our life. <…> Memory is sacred ground. But it’s haunted too.” (Edith Eger, “The Choice”).

During the Second World War, Edith Eger, her mother, father, sister, and other Jewish families were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. A ballet dancer and gymnast, she danced for Josef Mengele, also known as the Angel of Death. The belief that everything that was happening was only temporary, that soon she would be able to see her beloved one and parents, helped Edith to find strength and endure not only incomprehensible horror, cruelty, humiliation, dehumanization, exhausting work, hunger, diseases, the Road of Death, but also life afterwards: “When they liberated us, I was so weak I could not even speak, I could not move and only was lying in a pile of corpses. We became free, but we did not know what to do with that freedom of ours.” Edith’s parents were killed in a gas chamber. Her boyfriend was killed a day before the liberation.

It took several years for Edita to learn to forgive – not only others, but also herself. With this unique experience, she encourages all sufferers to face trauma and choose the freedom to escape from it: “You cannot change what happened, you cannot change what you did or what was done to you. But you can choose to live in the present.”

In the performance inspired by Edith Eger’s book “The Choice”, through movement, dance, fragments of memories, puppets, it is sought is to tell the story of a woman who saw the unfathomable cruelty of humanity with her own eyes, who hid the memories for many years and eventually realized that true freedom and true liberation from prison occurs only when she dares to return to the place from which so many have never returned.

Director Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė says:I continue my duality journey. I am looking for a transformation of the living and non-living. A movement, a figure and a human being… Fragments of a human being, shells, and memories of a former life fly on the stage, which are only “fragments, brief moments or encounters, which together form the scrapbook of our life.” We constantly live among them. They cover us, hinder us, and sometimes push us forward. I believe it is important to meet your ghosts, look them in the eye and let them go. To choose life and light”.



Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė – director, artist, puppet maker, artistic director of Klaipėda Puppet Theatre. She is one of the most interesting contemporary Lithuanian theatre artists, distinguished by her authentic directorial ideas combining visual and movement art, constantly experimenting with storytelling methods and materials used for puppetry.