about the production
The First International Theatre Festival of Lithuania, organized in May, 1993, presented a unique, international, cultural experience for the artists and audiences of the Baltic nations, thus creating new opportunities for viewing and learning from works heretofore unavailable to them. The second edition of LIFE (1995) will have equally ambitious goals. The Baltic states are still attracting international attention, providing a unique chance for the Festival to attract the finest theatre companies in the world. Theatre played an important role in Lithuanian society during the last fifty years of oppression, when its coded language united actors and audiences in silent resistance. The theatre replaced both political dialogue and religion. The Baltic audiences are still very much attracted to the theatre and really eager to experience a variety of theatrical ideas unavailable to them until the last years. But, on the other hand, the change in the society has been too rapid and abrupt and confused both artists and the audiences. What is the purpose of theatre, when resistance as it had been formely understood is no longer needed? Lack of exposure to new work, new trends and ideas, absence of contacts with colleagues from other cultures make Baltic artists feel that they are unable to transcend the limits of their experience. The Festival organization itself is a model venture for the comunity. It is one of the first artistic events in the Baltics not funded by the government. It is also the first theatre producer in the country: Eimuntas Nekrosius newest performance Mozart and Salieri (guest of the festival Theatre´94 in Pilsen – Czech Republic), Don Juan, Plague, Three Sisters were produced by LIFE.
directed by Eimuntas Nekrošius
stage set design: Nadežda Gultiajeva
music: Faustas Laténas
cast: Andrius Bialobžeskis Aušra Pukelyté, Danila Michelevičiuté, Aldona Bendoriuté, Viktorija Kuodyté, Vytautas Rumšas, Aigirdas Laténas, Vladas Bagdonas, Jozuas Budraitis, Michailas Jevdokimovas, Tauras Čižas, Laimontas Noreika, Juraté Aniulyté
Eimuntas Nekrosius, born in 1952. Director and actor. Lunaczarski Institute of Theatre Art in Moscow graduate (1978). In 1978 – 79 he worked at Kaunas Drama Theatre. Since 1979 in Lithuanian Youth Theatre where he has put on the following productions: A Square by Yeliseyeva (1980), Pirosmani, Pirosmani by Korostyliov (1981), Love and Death in Verona by Antanelis and Geda (1982), The Day Lasts Longer Than a Hundred Years by Aitmatov (1983), Uncle Vanya by Chekhov (1986), The Nose by Gogol (1991). All Nekrosius productions were awarded the diplomas on theatre festivals in Lithuania, Tbilisi, and the Festival of the Baltic States. Nekrosius productions have successfully participated in many international theatre festivals. He is a prize winner of numerous state awards in the field of Arts. In 1991 he was awarded a special prize of the Taormino Arts Committee (Italy) and the European Theatre Union. In 1992 he received a special prize awarded by the Theatre Union of Lithuania as the best director of the year. Eimuntas Nekrošius was elected the Honorary President of the LIFE.