OKT Vilnius City Theatre, LT


Director: Oskaras Koršunovas
Dramatization by Oskaras Koršunovas after W. Shakespeare’s The Tempest and other works

Main stage of Tamási Áron Theatre
03/31 Tuesday 20:00

1 h 45 min without intermission
In Lithuanian with Hungarian, Romanian and English subtitles

Endgame or liberation? This drama is eternal. Each era has its own Prospero, whose intellectual strength is not tolerated by the regime, and since unable to destroy, exiles to symbolic desert islands. Exiled to desert islands, creators still use their time to raise their Mirandas. She has been created by Prospero, she is Prospero’s soul. Miranda interests me the most in this play – says the director. And though the images that we have chosen transfer the setting of the play to the soviet regime, we try to speak in a more universal language about the forced retreat of the intellectual to his existential shell.

OKT – (born 1969) Theatre of Oscaras Koršunovas
The well known perfomances of Oskaras Koršunovas, representative director of the contemporary theatre are perceived by the audience like total theatre. The Meyerhold prize laureate established his independent theatre in 1999 and since then is having a strong repertory embracing both contemporary dramaturgy and classical works. Their credo is to continue to create an architectonic vision in the imagination of their spectators. After the presence of OKT at REFLEX2 with two remarkable plays byGorkij and Shakespeare, now we’ll see another eternal classic in a freshly vibrating vision.

The premiere, which surprised us with unexpected directorial decisions, used the classical text to reactualize the Soviet period. Also, in a way it established a new creative route, already defined by the director in Hamlet and highlighted in the staging of The Lower Depths.

(…) Leaving only two of the many characters of the Shakespeare’s play – Prospero and Miranda – Koršunovas was being risky, even adventurous. But he won: with enviable transparency of directorial and dramaturgical thought he uncovered the interpretational codes of The Tempest, which even Shakespeare was hardly aware of, by also keeping the Shakespearean paradox, which continues provoking the viewer’s consciousness and imagination long after the performance is over.
Andrius Jevsejevas, “Kultūros barai”

Miranda, after W. Shakespeare`s „The Tempest“, directed by Oskaras Korsunovas, is intricate in a very different way. The production is an one-and-a-half-hour fist in the gut, and its impact from start to finish, culminating in a brilliant, surrealistic “coup de theatre”, has to be experienced as a pre-emptive body strike before the brain can process what has happened. It is not that Korsunovas ever entertains the idea of bamboozling his spectators: he is far too scrupulous a director for such ploys. His moves, together with those of his superb actors, are clear – mostly surprising, not always transparent, but always clear; and they are always purposeful, rather like the decisive moves made twice, suddenly, by father (Povilas Budrys) and daughter (Airida Gintautaite) on a chess board as they play not chess, but “The Tempest.
Maria Shevtsova, “New Theatre Quarterly”

Main awards:
Three Golden Cross 2012 awards (best director, best composer and best actress);
Small Stage Festival (Rijeka, Croatia) prize for the best directing;
Small Stage Festival (Rijeka, Croatia) main prize.

Cast: Povilas Budrys, Airida Gintautaite

Set designer: Dainius Liskevicius
Costume designer: Aleksandras Pogrebnojus
Composer: Antanas Jasenka
Sculptor of the ballerina figure: Donatas Jankauskas
Light designer: Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Technical director: Mindaugas Repsys
Sound engineer: Ignas Juzokas
Props and costumer: Edita Martinaviciute
Stage manager: Malvina Matickiene
Subtitling: Akvile Melkunaite
Touring manager: Audra Zukaityte



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