Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
DIRECTOR: Laura Kutkaitė
DRAMATURGY: Teklė Kavtaradzė and Laura Kutkaitė, in collaboration with the cast
SCENOGRAPHER, COSTUME DESIGNER: Paulina Turauskaitė
COMPOSER: Agnė Matulevičiūtė
CHOREOGRAPHY: Laura Kutkaitė
CHOREOGRAPHY CONSULTANT: Agnietė Lisičkinaitė
LIGHT DESIGN: Vilius Vilutis
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Urtė Sėjūnaitė, Augustas Gornatkevičius
ASSISTANT DRAMATURGY: Simona Jurkuvėnaitė ir Eglė Poškevičiūtė
PRODUCER: Rugilė Pukštytė
CAST: Gerda Čiuraitė, Rimantė Valiukaitė, Toma Vaškevičiūtė, Aistė Zabotkaitė, Jūratė Vilūnaitė
PREMIERE: 15 June 2022
DURATION: 105 min.
DATE: 24 September | 18:00
VENUE: Lithuanian National Drama Theater, Small stage
LANGUAGE: Lithuanian with English subtitles
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The sirens are singing – beautifully, writes Homer. They sit on an island, lure men onto land and then kill them. Except for Orpheus, who sings louder, and Odysseus, whose companions stuff wax in their ears and have him tied to the mast so that he can listen to the sirens without dying.
European mythology is dominated by violence: between people, gods, mythical creatures and the sexes. Inequality and power imbalances produce fears and defence strategies instead of relationships. What makes us hold on to these structures?
Working with her collaborators, director Laura Kutkaitė puts a contemporary story right in the middle of the mine field of myth: four years after the highpoint of the #MeToo movement in Lithuania, she puts the issue of abuse of power in the arts world on the stage. Posing on a rock, four female actors open their island theatre and tell true stories from their working life, while waiting for “the great Odysseus”. They leave no dark detail out – not even the competition between them – and at the same time perform theatre: in costume and makeup, with sound and light, with bitter humour, passion, vulnerability and plenty of reasons. In this way they strike the structures exactly where they could change.
Laura Kutkaitė is a theatre director of the youngest generation of Lithuanian theatre makers. Before turning to theatre, she studied choreography and philosophy. The body, physicality and the interaction of bodies on stage is probably the most important topic for her. Kutkaitė’s work also deals with issues of social gender, exclusion, and identity.