THE TEMPEST

“The Tempest” by Povilas Makauskas is an experimental interpretation of the last play by W. Shakespeare. Makauskas performance is surreal comedy, allegoric, alchemic fable, that connects sorcery, magic, mystical initiation, alchemic conversion, transformative inner wandering and genesis of esoteric worldview.

This allegoric utopia will sway audience into forceful tempest, that’ll not only bring back the age of Renaissance but also will initiate rethinking of moral values, return to primordial, vital human nature and invite to try to perceive existence that is uncommon today.

Director P. Makauskas: “This fairy tale teaches many things. First of all, what is very important for me, as a young adult, it teaches not to give up and not to be caught in particular planes. This fairy tale reminds me the importance of love and its intense transformative energy and how much it is needed in contemporary world.

Povilas Makauskas is a theatre director. He graduated in theatre directing from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2016. He made his debut in Lithuanian Drama Theatre with a play “Yolo” (2014). Later in the same theatre he staged “Happy Price” based on Oscar Wild’s tale (2015), in National Youth Theatre “Possession” based on “Brother Karamazov” by F. Dostoyevsky and “Pelican” (2018) by A. Strindberg.

“The Tempest” is the last work by W. Shakespeare (1564 – 1616). It was written in XVII a. when disappointment by humanist ideals and deterioration of moral values was prevalent in the society. Different magic events, fables and sorcery are intertwined in the play.

Director: Povilas Makauskas

Scenographer: Dominyka Kačonaitė

Composer: Gabija Gaigalaitė

Lights designer: Julius Kuršis

Projections designer: Oliwia Szanajca-Kossakowska

Cast: Donatas Stakėnas, Ieva Pakštytė, Asta Zacharovaitė, Simonas Lunevičius, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Karolina Kontenytė

Duration: 1h 40 min

Premiere: April 7, 2019

Strobe lights and artificial smoke are used during this performance. Not recommended for people with epilepsy. Performance is recommended for persons over 16 years old.

IT’S YOU? IT’S ME!

Musical performance for infants “It’s You? It’s Me!” is a performance for the little ones!

It’s a fun game, where little ones will learn together to discover, observe, touch and will be introduced into extraordinary world of senses.

Various recognizable things and animals will emerge out of different textures, colours and geometrical shapes. Music, that was created exclusively for this performance, is especially dynamic, colourful and is performed by instruments and voice.

“It’s You? It’s Me!” is for infants from 6 moths to 2 years old and their parents.

Directed by: Evelina Šimelionė

Music by: Gytis Šimelionis

Cast: Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Evelina Šimelionė, Gytis Šimelionis, Donatas Želvvs

Lights: Artūras Lepiochinas

Duration: 45 min

Premiere: March 9, 2019

Photos by: Domas Rimeika

BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL

What is common between renaissance beauty, writer with a headscarf and Soviet heroine? They all, together with a group of friends, are rushing to the stage to tell everybody what it’s like to be a woman in Lithuania. In the country where head of the state is a woman, where magazine “Tik vyrams” (lith. Only for Men) is still mocking emancipation, where during interwar court for fashion was organized. Moreover, to love another women was better done disguised as a man, where romantic loved was fast to become a bad story, where voting rights for women were granted among first in Europe, where it’s still hard for sprouts of violets to root and blossom and actresses are only needed as young lovers or their mothers.

On the stage next to Asta, Ieva, Marija, Rugile and Vaiva will show up Barbora, Bona, Dalia, Julija, Marytė and Teklė that marked their place in history. Together they will speak about today’s young Lithuanian women and tradition, that brought them. While elderly colleagues will remind them that history was very hostile for the Lithuanian women: not a lot of space is left for them. Those, who made it, are often here only because their beauty or power to influence men’s decisions. But what’s to be done if you want to be part of country’s history but you’re neither exceptional beauty, nor extremely powerful? Maybe the only way is to burn down such depiction of women and after witching dance start creating new tradition?

The stories told during the performance-concert “Beautiful and powerful”, are based on real facts and fictional stories. Spectators will be transformed to different historical periods and different periods of women’s life, that are resented through different music styles. Honest excitement will be followed by humorous stories, while these – by fierce irony. Things will be said, that otherwise shouldn’t be said, and fun will be made of things that are not necessarily funny. In order that blossoms of violets could decorate heads of proud women, men and everybody in between.

Creative team: Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Ieva Pakštytė, Asta Zacharovaitė, Marija Žemaitytė

Assistant of playwright: Kristina Steiblytė

Costume designer: Rūta Lendraitytė

Lights: Julius Kuršis

Sound: Laurynas Milinis

Premiere: December 13, 2018

Photos by: Eglė Sabaliauskaitė

HELVER’S NIGHT

What will be the outcome of this night? Will the two people be able to escape and liberate themselves?

There is no limit to Karla’s (Laima Akstinaitė) unconditional service and feelings for Helver (Paulius Pinigis) who lives in a fantasy world and experiences social rejection due to his ‘otherness.’ Her individual personality traits become entwined with his and merge into one unique picture, featuring colourful patches of different emotional gradations, such as motherly care and patient docility, egotistic cajolery and gentle femininity, the chagrin emerging from the dark shadows of the past, sudden displays of desire to control everything around and protect Helver at any cost from the calamities of the outside world, and a faint but nonetheless pure hope of being heard and understood.

But will Karla succeed to suppress her powerful feeling of guilt and help Helver acknowledge his innate right and the freedom of being ‘different’?

Valentinas Masalskis: “This play deals with marginal people, with boundless guilt, with making a choice to ‘bear one’s cross’ to the end of one’s life, with cruelty and intolerance within the society… How we look at those who think, look and live differently… This theme is very important to our present-day society.”

Playwright: Ingmar Villqist

Translated from Polish into Lithuanian by Rolandas Rastauskas

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Scenographer and costume designer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Composer: Edvinas Vasiljevas

Lights: Artūras Lepiochinas

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Paulius Pinigis

Premiere: December 8, 2018

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RED

Contemporary American scriptwriter and playwright John Logan’s play Red focuses on one of the brightest personalities of the postwar artworld – Mark Rothko. Rothko persistently claimed that an artist’s truth is above any social interest, which even today still inspires many young creatives at the beginning of their artistic path. In the play, the charismatic Lithuanian actor Valentinas Masalskis, as Rothko himself, attempts to find his connection with youth and the new generation.

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Cast: Valentinas Masalskis, Mantas Zemleckas, Donatas Želvys

Translated by: Aivaras Mockus

Scenographer: Mykolas Sauka

Composer: Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė

Premiere: 2017 November 22

Duration: 1 val. 20 min.

TWO KOREAS

Performance “Two Koreas” (adaptation of Joel Pommerat play „La Reunification des deux Corees“) is an absurd drama with motifs of cabaret. Short stories, related to one word that consists of five letters, are being told here. There are many artworks and thousand explanations about this word, but it’s still very hard to pronounce it. In a timeless space characters of the performance experience absurd and tragic forms of love, that forms close ties with our everyday experiences. It’s a mixture of musical compositions, songs, confessions, absurd and romance, that shines like exploding firework and melts like scorching gold. It’s an invitation to a blind date and the wedding of ex-lover, because “when God created love, it didn’t help to the majority”, says Bukowski. That’s right. It didn’t.

Director: Kamilė Gudmonaitė

Scenographer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Costume designer: Aistė Radzevičiūtė

Composer: Mantvydas Pranulis

Translator: Akvilė Melkūnaitė

Assistant: Matas Makauskas

Lights: Julius Kuršis

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Simonas Lunevičius, Ieva Pakštytė, Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Stakėnas, Evelina Šimelionė, Donatas Želvys, Marija Žemaitytė

Duration: 1h 15 min

Premiere: October 14, 2018

OUR TOWN

This performance is for those, who rush through life and for those, who need a break to look around and see their loved ones.

In the age of prevailing haste, alienation, selfishness and constant attempts to live according to a strict plan, performance “Our Town” looks back at the destinies of an ordinary people, living in the face of eternity, and searches for the meaning of this life. Performance examines essential questions: why do we live? What is love? What is death? What is time and why we don’t value it? What will happen, when out time is over?

Play depicts small USA town at the beginning of XX century, where neighbouring families are connected through the love story of their children. Essential moments of human life are portrayed in three acts – birth, childhood, maturity and weddings, funeral and afterlife. The language of play and its situation seems very simple at the first glance but it symbolizes universal and unconditional submission to time by all human beings. Today this topic gets additional shade of meaning – people don’t have time for each other, relationships between neighbours, relatives and family members are deteriorating. Characters of the performance find the answers to the essential questions of existence in simplicity of daily life. By doing so they emphasize advantages of life within the community – close relationships, respect and kindness.

Dramatis: Thornton Wilder

Director: Darius Rabašauskas

Scenographer: Laura Luišaitytė

Composer: Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė

Cast: Valentinas Masalskis, Rimantas Pelakauskas, Vitalija Mockevičiūtė, Diana Anevičiūtė, Valerijus Jevsejevas, Simonas Lunevičius, Asta Zachorovaitė, Artūras Lepiochinas, Gytis Lemkys, Donatas Stakėnas, Donatas Želvys, Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Paulius Kavoliūnas, Ieva Pakštytė, Marija Žemaitytė, Laima Akstinaitė, Gediminas Povilavičius, Kristupas Biržietis, Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Mickūnas.

Duration: 2h 30 min (3 parts)

Premiere: January 4, 2018

R.E.M. (RAPID EYE MOVEMENT)

Performance reveals the situation of a young person in Lithuania and without anger, reproach or hate tries to portray his position in a country, where economics quite often play more important role than culture, morality, ethics and human rights.

R.E.M. (Rapid eye movement sleep) – is a sleep phase distinguished by intense, irregular breathing, rapid eye movement and relaxed, twitching muscles. This paradoxical state of sleep in a way resembles situation of a young person in Lithuania, that channels massive quantities of information every day.

Main character of the performance – young girl from Klaipėda, tires to answer many existential questions by herself. These attempts turn into comic, moderately dramatic situations, ideas and characters, that encounter each other at phantasmagoria full of absurd and black humour. Performance’s dramaturgy is based on an interpretation of authentic antique and Native American myths and legends, as well as dreams and memories of the authors.

Director: Jonas Tertelis

Scenographer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Costume designer: Inga Skripka

Lights: Julius Kuršis

Playwright: Andrius Jevsejevas

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Justina Burakaitė, Simas Lunevičius, Ieva Pakštytė, Asta Zacharovaitė

Duration: 1h 20 min

Premiere: September 9, 2017

LAST TIME UPDATED

If you’re interested in CONSPIRACY theories, this PERFORMANCE is FOR YOU! We’ll talk about Manson family, activity of NASA, flat earth theories and many other secret things. Everything, that oscillates between real and yet to be discovered world.

By the way, did we mention that during the performance you’ll see Oleg Šurajev, Alfredas Bumblauskas, Nerijus Mačiulis and many more famous people?

Earth is flat. Nonsense? Can we really prove that it’s round? Is it enough that we heard this fact way back in school? Have you seen photos? Video? Are they real?

I say white, you say – black. Who’s right? You think that citizens of North Korea are constantly effected by propaganda? Don’t be naïve. Turn off your prejudges but never turn off critical thinking.

“Last Time Updated” is a performance about manipulation, adjustment to the dominant opinion and shaping of public opinion. About news, social media and public persons. ABOUT YOU.

Director: Živilė Mičiulytė

Playwrights: Živilė Mičiulytė, Marija Judzentavičiūtė

Scenographers: Vita Eidimtaitė, Dovilė Gecaitė

Assistant scenographer: Justinas Intas

Costume designer: Vita Eidimtaitė

Author of video projections: Šarūnas Mičiulis

Cameramen of video projections: Mindaugas Zagorskis

Sound engineer of video projections: Andrius Kriščiūnas

VJ: Artūras Lepiochinas

Lights: Edvardas Vaitkus, Julius Kuršis

Cast: Simas Lunevičius, Justina Burakaitė, Donatas Stakėnas, Kristina Švenčionytė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Asta Zacharovaitė, Justina Vanžodytė Šurajeva / Ieva Pakštytė

Duration: 1h

Premiere: November 10, 2017

Strobe lights and high volume sound effects are used during the performance. It is not recommended for people with epilepsy, claustrophobia, pregnant women and persons under 14 years old.

RATHEADS

Based on Natacha De Pontcharra’s play “Ratheads” (“Loosers”)

This is the story about differences and rejection. Zhevi and Zhef are twins by birth and by destiny – they were born with rat heads, that they had to hide under the hood. Different attempts to find their place in human society were unsuccessful. These are the people pushed to the margins of the society yet remaining part of it. Zhevi and Zhef rises questions by trying to figure out and understand what they did wrong, why they are different and if they are actually different. Why world don’t accept them? Spectators decide who’s to blame in this situation as the story told by them is presented as a testimony and confession.

Playwright: Natacha De Pontcharra

Translator: Akvilė Melkūnaitė

Creative team: Valentinas Masalskis, Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Želvys, Laima Akstinaitė

Scenographer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Lights: Artūras Lepiochinas

Cast: Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Želvys, Laima Akstinaitė

Duration: 1h 15 min

Premiere: April 8, 2017

DOUBLEBASS

Play in one act “Doublebass” is a parallel of our everydayness. Contemporary society of greedy narcissists learns the same lesson as the protagonist of P. Süskind’s play – overestimation of your own potential leads to protests and hatred towards the world that ignored your talent. Or finally you can apprehend that you’re only a piece in a big orchestra, probably not even a doublebass but a rattle.

Performance “Doublebass” is a tragicomic monologue by a contrabass that’s disillusioned by himself, the world and the music. It’s a drama of insignificant human: how to accept the thought that you’ll never play solo, that you won’t stand in a first row, that you’re just a secondary character in your own life.

Playwright: Patrick Süskind

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Scenographer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Cast: Donatas Želvys

Duration: 1h

Premiere: October 1, 2016

Photos by: Eglė Sabaliauskaitė

THE NAKED KING

Based on Hans Christian Andersen tale “King’s New Clothes”.

This performance for children is a contemporary staging of the tale. Performance will transfer spectators to the kingdom full of colourful and stylish inhabitants, while meeting with a King is only possible via video call. Although the King has more clothes then there are inhabitants in whole kingdom, nothing satisfies him. Concerned public and fearful ministers embark on a journey to find most wonderful clothes.

Only one question – how many of attendees will be able to see new king’s clothes. H. C. Andersen’s fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” speaks about moral dilemma – say the truth or lie? This author’s idea is not forgotten by Klaipėda Youth Theatre as they choose contemporary elements, that enrich performance’s forma and transforms story into playful and captivating performance. Urge to be yourself and say only things that you believe in will be activated after seeing this comically absurd story.

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Scenographer: Paulė Bocullaitė

Music: Gytis Šimelionis

Video projections: Paulė Bocullaitė, Artūras Lepiochinas, Tomas Jurginas

Lights: Artūras Lepiochinas

Cast: Gytis Šimelionis, Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Želvys, Donatas Stakėnas (Gediminas Povilavičius), Artūras Lepiochinas (Kristupas Biržietis), Laima Akstinaitė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė

Duration: 35 min

Premiere: December 17, 2017

BOOK CHARACKTERS COME TO LIFE

Educational performance by Klaipėda Youth Theatre for children and their parents. Creative team idea – to help children’s interest in books and discover new magic world. Performance’s creators convert literature into interactive and attractive game. Six character from classical children literature, like “Karlsson-on-the-Roof”, “Pippi Longstocking”, “Puss in Boots” comes to life right in front of the audience and creates cheerful and engaging performance. Actors will show their musical talents, acrobatic skills and unexpected tricks, while delicate performance’s scenography creates wonderful atmosphere and invigorates imagination.

Director: Neringa Krunglevičiūtė

Scenographer: Evelina Šimelionė

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Ieva Pakštytė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Paulius Pinigis, Donatas Želvys, Gytis Šimelionis/Simas Lunevičius

Duration: 40 min

Premiere: April 30, 2014

Photos by: Eglė Sabaliauskaitė

MUSHROOM WAR

It’s became common practice to lure children to the theatre with colourful decorations, costumes, synthetic and colourful world, that more and more reminds animation and looks like a slip in television. “Mushroom War” by Klaipėdos Youth Theatre is different, first of all it is circus-like. “Army” of thirteen gnomes on an empty stage creates lively synthesis of circus and theatre. Right in front of children eyes costumes are being transformed into spectacular infantryman and generals of mushroom war, actors disappear and re-appear on stage like in a magical circus cupboard. Songs, a capellas and even noise and rhythmic music compositions, created especially for the performance, gives an interesting and contemporary expression to the musical aspect of the poem.

Playwright: Justinas Marcinkevičius

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Composer: Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė

Scenographer: Renata Valčik

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Justina Burakaitė, Kristina Švenčionytė, Karolina Kontenytė, Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Asta Zacharovaitė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Marija Žemaitytė, Evelina Šimelionė, Donatas Želvys, Ieva Pakštytė, Kotryna Šileikaitė, Beatričė Petrauskaitė

Duration: 45 min

Premiere: December 17, 2011

SPIDER’S WEDDING

Based on Justinas Marcinkevičius poem “Spider’s Wedding”, musical performance for kids, created by Klaipėda Youth Theatre, is a witty and revealing story. It is a musical allegory, that exposes our vices. During the performance audience will meet impressive and threatening spider Tabalai, his cronies – bugs and finally birds, that defend the sun from the spider. All audience, including children and their parents, will have a chance to participate in brawls and fight for the sun.

Performance “Spider’s Wedding” stands out for its unconventional scenography. Actors create costumes and props out of simple, but newly found objects, such as working gloves, that are transformed into birds’ feathers. This is not an accidental pick by the authors. Klaipėda Youth Theatre seeks to create interesting experience for the children and develop their imagination, fantasy and unleash unlimited creative potential.

Director: Valentinas Masalskis

Scenographer and costume designer: Renata Valčik

Music: Klaipėdos jaunimo teatras

Composer: Nijolė Sinkevičiūtė

Cast: Laima Akstinaitė, Justina Burakaitė, Karolina Kontenytė, Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Simonas Lunevičius, Evelina Šimelionė, Ieva Pakštytė, Donatas Stakėnas, Gytis Šimelionis, Donatas Želvys, Marija Žemaitytė

Duration: 45 min

Premiere: March 16, 2016

Recommended for children aged 5 and older.

OPERATION: RECYCLED ME!

Educational performance or trash odyssey for children aged 5 and older.

One morning Battery, that was lying in a landfill, understood that this is not a place for her – she still has lots of unused energy and can do many interesting things. So, without thinking too long, she decided to embark on an incredible, adventurous and dangerous journey to a colourful world of trash and humans. However, Battery can’t do it alone, she needs whole different team of trash, including a Bag, a Journal, a Jar and a Lemon. In the performance “ORE! (Operation Recycled Me!) determinate team of trash sets out to find their destiny. It’s to be seen what kind of adventures they’ll experience and what waits at the end to their journey.

Actors from Klaipėda Youth Theatre seeks not only to introduce playful characters to the audience but also raise awareness about the topics of ecology and recycling. Is it everything, that we throw ways has no value whatsoever? Do we dispose it at the right places? Do we know the impact of simple trash to the environment and for us? Authors of the performance, together with audience, will try to find answers to these and many other questions. Playful theatrical and musical form of the performance is the way to do it, while cheerful trash characters are our companions in this operation.

Creative team: Vaiva Kvedaravičiūtė, Rugilė Latvėnaitė, Simonas Lunevičius, Ieva Pakštytė, Donatas Stakėnas

Lights: Edvardas Vaitkus

Sound: Laurynas Milinis

Duration: 50 min

Sponsors: Vita Baltic International

Premiere: April 13, 2017

STONE WATER STING

Close your eyes if you want to see. In this performance real actions begins when sight fades.

In the beginning audience is separated into two parts – spectators and participants. Former can see everything from a distance. Activated and sharpened senses start to interact, making unleashed imagination as a key part of the performance. Participants, led by the actors, are taken to the depths of the consciousness and transferred to the parallel worlds, where plots of fables and sorcery grow on the skin, expands through vibrations of the sounds, while scents and tastes intertwines.

Elements of old Lithuanian mythology, that served as inspiration for the performance, brings techniques of theatre of senses closer to physiology of imagining spectator. Actors on stage don’t try to tell stories, imitate or create characters. Archetypes of birth and death, transformation and nature, cosmos and home, coming and going appears without an explanation as situations experienced through senses or as experiences of newly born consciousness, where blindness and sigh are reversed.

Director: Karolina Žernytė

Designer: Eglė Lekevičiūtė

Assistant of playwright: Kristupas Sabolius

Cast: Neringa Krunglevičiūtė, Ieva Pakštytė, Raminta Šniaukštaitė, Donatas Stakėnas, Justina Burakaitė, Vaidotas Bačianskas, Karolina Kontenytė, Kristina Švenčionytė, Artūras Lepiochinas

Premiere: December 20, 2014

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