2018October

  • October 08 d., Monday * 19:00
    SIRENOS'18: SAIGON | Les Hommes Approximatifs (France)
    Text Caroline Guiela Nguyen with the whole artistic team Director Caroline Guiela Nguyen Artistic collaborator Claire Calvi Set designer Alice Duchange Lighting designer Jérémie Papin Costume designer Benjamin Moreau Sound and music designer Antoine Richard Composer Teddy Gauliat-Pitois Dramaturgy and surtitles Jérémie Scheidler and Manon Worms Translators (Vietnamese/French) Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô Cast Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Trúc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Maud Le Grevellec, Phú Hau Nguyen My Chau Nguyen thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia Production Les Hommes Approximatifs Executive Producers La Comédie de Valence, CDN Drôme-Ardèche Co-producers Odéon théâtre de l’Europe, MC2: Grenoble, Festival d’Avignon, CDN de Normandie-Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Centre dramatique national de Tours – Théâtre Olympia, Comédie de Reims-CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne - Centre européen théâtral et chorégraphique, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène nationale del’Oise en préfiguration, Théâtre de La Croix Rousse-Lyon Financially supported by Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Conseil départemental de la Drôme, Institut français à Paris Other sponsors Institut français du Vietnam, Université de Théâtre et de Cinéma de Hô Chi Minh-Ville and of La Chartreuse, Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle Duration 3 hrs 20 (with intermission) Language French and Vietnamese (with Lithuanian and English surtitles) Marie Antoinette is a vietnamese woman who came to France in 1954. She is working in Saigon, one of the 979 restaurants in France with the same name. Visitors come to Saigon to speak Vietnamese and mourn by singing love songs for all the broken relationship and lovers left behind. Sometimes Marie throws away her cooking apron, changes to her most elegant dress, picks up a microphone and starts singing nostalgic ballads in Vietnamese (sometimes French), accompanied by keyboard instruments. The workers and clients of Saigon are all either French, Vietnamese or Vietnamese-French. The restaurant's atmosphere is frozen somewhere between nowadays France and Saigon city in his fifties; people meet each other with a feeling of nostalgia. This restaurant reflects many other restaurants in France where the visitors unintentionally get used to meeting each other, coming for a lunch, drink, dance or simply a sense of love – all these components help to celebrate their lives. These people are like all of us – today’s human beings marked by the constant changes and inevitable adaptation to them. SAIGON is a wounded edge, a restaurant which no longer exists, yet at the same time the place where visitors can find their shelter, combining their past with the ever-changing present. The major challenge facing our company is to know which narratives to present in order to describe the world we live in. We wish to consider the capacity of theater to be porous to the issues that worry and traumatize us, those things that keep us awake or otherwise and, finally, that which consoles us. We consider that we have this responsibility more than ever in today’s world, as well as the duty to free our imaginations in order to represent the world as it affects us in all its reality and mystery. Les Hommes Approximatifs CAROLINE GUIELA NGUYEN After studying sociology and performing arts, Caroline Guiela Nguyen enrolled in the school of the Théâtre national de Strasbourg to study direction in 2005. She founded the company Les Hommes Approximatifs in 2009 who nowadays brings together Caroline Guiela Nguyen (artistic director), Claire Calvi (artistic collaborator), Alice Duchange (scenographer), Juliette Kramer (manager), Benjamin Moreau (costume designer), Jérémie Papin (lighting design), Antoine Richard (sound designer) Jérémie Scheidler and Manon Worms (dramaturges). After several performances of classical texts, they began to work with their own original plays, which focus on those who don't often get to be seen on stage. In these stories, the voices of forgotten people come out. Since then, they've never stopped populating the stage with the world around them. This performance is a part of SIRENOS festival arts printing house | black hall tickets: 27,64 EUR | tickets at the box offices of TIKETA (buy online here)
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  • October 09 d., Tuesday * 19:00
    SIRENOS'18: SAIGON | Les Hommes Approximatifs (France)
    Text Caroline Guiela Nguyen with the whole artistic team Director Caroline Guiela Nguyen Artistic collaborator Claire Calvi Set designer Alice Duchange Lighting designer Jérémie Papin Costume designer Benjamin Moreau Sound and music designer Antoine Richard Composer Teddy Gauliat-Pitois Dramaturgy and surtitles Jérémie Scheidler and Manon Worms Translators (Vietnamese/French) Duc Duy Nguyen, Thi Thanh Thu Tô Cast Dan Artus, Adeline Guillot, Thi Trúc Ly Huynh, Hoàng Son Lê, Maud Le Grevellec, Phú Hau Nguyen My Chau Nguyen thi, Pierric Plathier, Thi Thanh Thu Tô, Anh Tran Nghia, Hiep Tran Nghia Production Les Hommes Approximatifs Executive Producers La Comédie de Valence, CDN Drôme-Ardèche Co-producers Odéon théâtre de l’Europe, MC2: Grenoble, Festival d’Avignon, CDN de Normandie-Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Centre dramatique national de Tours – Théâtre Olympia, Comédie de Reims-CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne - Centre européen théâtral et chorégraphique, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène nationale del’Oise en préfiguration, Théâtre de La Croix Rousse-Lyon Financially supported by Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Conseil départemental de la Drôme, Institut français à Paris Other sponsors Institut français du Vietnam, Université de Théâtre et de Cinéma de Hô Chi Minh-Ville and of La Chartreuse, Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle Duration 3 hrs 20 (with intermission) Language French and Vietnamese (with Lithuanian and English surtitles) Marie Antoinette is a vietnamese woman who came to France in 1954. She is working in Saigon, one of the 979 restaurants in France with the same name. Visitors come to Saigon to speak Vietnamese and mourn by singing love songs for all the broken relationship and lovers left behind. Sometimes Marie throws away her cooking apron, changes to her most elegant dress, picks up a microphone and starts singing nostalgic ballads in Vietnamese (sometimes French), accompanied by keyboard instruments. The workers and clients of Saigon are all either French, Vietnamese or Vietnamese-French. The restaurant's atmosphere is frozen somewhere between nowadays France and Saigon city in his fifties; people meet each other with a feeling of nostalgia. This restaurant reflects many other restaurants in France where the visitors unintentionally get used to meeting each other, coming for a lunch, drink, dance or simply a sense of love – all these components help to celebrate their lives. These people are like all of us – today’s human beings marked by the constant changes and inevitable adaptation to them. SAIGON is a wounded edge, a restaurant which no longer exists, yet at the same time the place where visitors can find their shelter, combining their past with the ever-changing present. The major challenge facing our company is to know which narratives to present in order to describe the world we live in. We wish to consider the capacity of theater to be porous to the issues that worry and traumatize us, those things that keep us awake or otherwise and, finally, that which consoles us. We consider that we have this responsibility more than ever in today’s world, as well as the duty to free our imaginations in order to represent the world as it affects us in all its reality and mystery. Les Hommes Approximatifs CAROLINE GUIELA NGUYEN After studying sociology and performing arts, Caroline Guiela Nguyen enrolled in the school of the Théâtre national de Strasbourg to study direction in 2005. She founded the company Les Hommes Approximatifs in 2009 who nowadays brings together Caroline Guiela Nguyen (artistic director), Claire Calvi (artistic collaborator), Alice Duchange (scenographer), Juliette Kramer (manager), Benjamin Moreau (costume designer), Jérémie Papin (lighting design), Antoine Richard (sound designer) Jérémie Scheidler and Manon Worms (dramaturges). After several performances of classical texts, they began to work with their own original plays, which focus on those who don't often get to be seen on stage. In these stories, the voices of forgotten people come out. Since then, they've never stopped populating the stage with the world around them. This performance is a part of SIRENOS festival arts printing house | black hall tickets: 27,64 EUR | tickets at the box offices of TIKETA (buy online here)
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  • October 13 d., Saturday * 19:00
    Opera HAVE A GOOD DAY!
    Opera for 10 cashiers, supermarket sounds and piano | duration 55' (no intermission) Librettist Vaiva Grainytė Composer and music director Lina Lapelytė Director and set designer Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė Lighting designer Eugenijus Sabaliauskas Costume designer Daiva Samajauskaitė Sound director Arūnas Zujus Producer OPEROMANIJA Cashiers: Indrė Anankaitė-Kalašnikovienė, Liucina Blaževič, Vida Valuckienė, Anna Miščenko, Lina Valionienė, Rima Šovienė, Milda Zapolskaitė, Rita Račiūnienė, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Kristina Svolkinaitė Security Guards: Edgar Sabilo (piano) The opera focuses on the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre: showing what lies behind their mechanical ‘Good afternoon!’, ‘Thank you!’, ‘Have a good day!’ and fake smiles. It transforms the faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life into unique and lively characters, whereas their secret thoughts and biographies turn into short, personal dramas. The characters of diverse sales clerks, embodying universal archetypes, convey the predominant social landscape. The libretto represents a revealing mosaic of spoken, literary language and documentary. The atmosphere of the supermarket is established through the glimmering and buzzing installation of daylight lamps and environmental sounds, connecting the audience to the stage and the 10 cashiers. The set itself is very minimalist. Real goods – the recognizable décor of a shopping centre – exist only in acoustic and verbal form. The monotonous beep heard each time an item is scanned is a key sound throughout the whole opera. It may be louder or quieter, but it is always present. Songs that accompany the beeping are as monotonous as the very process of shopping and selling. Instead of becoming the main point of the opera, the music serves the thoughts of the cashiers – it facilitates their voice. To avoid any moral or judgemental suggestion, critical attitude towards capitalism is expressed through humour, paradox, irony and poetry. The mosaic of different destinies transforms into a single poem suggesting the pleasure of consumption. In 2013, Have a Good Day! was selected by an International Theatre Institute (ITI) jury for a presentation at the finals of the worldwide competition Music Theatre NOW (Biennial for Performing Arts, Jönköping, Sweden), where the work was awarded the Globe Teana-Theatre Observation prize. In 2014, Have a Good Day! was awarded the Golden Stage Cross prize for the best Lithuanian Authors’ Performance and has also garnered two prizes at the Baltic Theatre Festival. In 2015, the opera was awarded the Main Prize of the Fast Forward festival in Braunschweig (Germany). The performance has been presented at diverse music, theatre and opera festivals in Lithuania, United States, China, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, The Netherlands and Italy. The opera was also broadcasted on Lithuanian National Radio and BBC Radio 3.    
    Press on “Have a Good Day!”

    Steve Smith, The New York Times:
    Clever, charming and quietly subversive. Whatever critique of capitalist entrapment and consumerist obsession might be implied is conveyed with subtlety and wit.

    Justin Davidson, New York Magazine:
    It’s a tour de force of deadpan comedy....comes wrapped in a score of incantatory, almost liturgical serenity.

    Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal:
    ...minimalist textures that evoke the swirl of everyday life – banality transformed into art. The opera is witty and poignant.
     
    Alex Ross, The New Yorker:
    A tightly constructed, multi-layered creation, its humor pierced by melancholy.

    Jonas Mekas, www.jonasmekas.com :
    It's like a mini masterpiece. It's just nothing to take away, nothing to add – it's very solid, very simple and very real.
    arts printing house | black hall tickets 15 eur | tickets available at the box-oddices od Tiketa     
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  • October 19 d., Friday * 19:00
    Double Rainbow with Tornado
    Double Rainbow with Tornado - exceptional performance, atmospheric experience that becomes interactive night with very good music. According to creators, it contains disciplines of choreography, dance, visual arts and contemporary circus in a post-apocalyptic party setting. Giant hot air balloon, powerful wind machines and live DJ techno music – those are just a few components of this unique performance. The piece was a final PHD degree work of Olle Strandberg – one of the team members. Big part of the work was created during the artistic laboratories in one of the biggest and most important European circus companies - Cirkus Cirkör in Sweden. Creative team: Markus Granqvist, Lena Lindgren, Carolina Guillén Åkerlind, Saloranta & de Vylder, Olle Saloranta Strandberg, Sara de Vylder
    Duration: 4 hours Storm chasing – mystically sounding, but very real activity practiced by big communities around the world. Enthusiasts of extreme weather conditions follow precise tornado forecasts and rush to search for it as soon as they see one forming, with the goal to observe, feel and document this natural fascination. Through time special organizations were established, offering storm chasing tours and investing money to more and more accurate tornado forecasting technology. Storm Chasing Adventure Tours is the biggest organization of this kind. Inspired by this phenomenon, artists of various disciplines got together and established Artificial Storm Chasing Adventure Tours specializing in transferring storm chasing experience to indoor spaces. According to authors, now they are creating high quality storm chasing tours for citizens that for different reasons are stuck with indoor experiences. Double Rainbow with Tornado - performance presented by the team and a sight, very highly rated by the storm chasers. Lithuanian performing arts professionals will have an opportunity to join this interesting group of people by participating in creative labs on 15-18 October and performing together on 19-20 October. arts printing house | black hall tickets 16,20 | tickets at the box offices of TIKETA (buy online here)
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  • October 20 d., Saturday * 19:00
    Double Rainbow with Tornado
    Double Rainbow with Tornado - exceptional performance, atmospheric experience that becomes interactive night with very good music. According to creators, it contains disciplines of choreography, dance, visual arts and contemporary circus in a post-apocalyptic party setting. Giant hot air balloon, powerful wind machines and live DJ techno music – those are just a few components of this unique performance. The piece was a final PHD degree work of Olle Strandberg – one of the team members. Big part of the work was created during the artistic laboratories in one of the biggest and most important European circus companies - Cirkus Cirkör in Sweden. Creative team: Markus Granqvist, Lena Lindgren, Carolina Guillén Åkerlind, Saloranta & de Vylder, Olle Saloranta Strandberg, Sara de Vylder
    Duration: 4 hours Storm chasing – mystically sounding, but very real activity practiced by big communities around the world. Enthusiasts of extreme weather conditions follow precise tornado forecasts and rush to search for it as soon as they see one forming, with the goal to observe, feel and document this natural fascination. Through time special organizations were established, offering storm chasing tours and investing money to more and more accurate tornado forecasting technology. Storm Chasing Adventure Tours is the biggest organization of this kind. Inspired by this phenomenon, artists of various disciplines got together and established Artificial Storm Chasing Adventure Tours specializing in transferring storm chasing experience to indoor spaces. According to authors, now they are creating high quality storm chasing tours for citizens that for different reasons are stuck with indoor experiences. Double Rainbow with Tornado - performance presented by the team and a sight, very highly rated by the storm chasers. Lithuanian performing arts professionals will have an opportunity to join this interesting group of people by participating in creative labs on 15-18 October and performing together on 19-20 October. arts printing house | black hall tickets 16,20 | tickets at the box offices of TIKETA (buy online here)
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  • October 21 d., Sunday * 19:00
    street dance performance FEEL-LINK
      created and performed by two famous urban culture figures - Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė authors has been nominated for this performance to a prestigious Lithuanian theatre award Golden Stage Cross scenography by Renata Valčik | lighting design by Povilas Laurinaitis Virtual home of Low Air at www.lowair.lt/en/ 
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  • October 21 d., Sunday * 11:00
    DANSEMA: Colourful games
      interactive dance performance for children of 0–3 years  

    choreographer Birutė Banevičiūtė | dancer Giedrė Subotinaitė | costume designer Rūta Biliūnaitė
    duration 40 min. | Dansema Dance Theatre
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  • October 25 d., Thursday * 19:00
    AIROS Dance Theatre: CHIMERA’S BEADS
      dance performance
    director and choreographer
     Aira Naginevičiūtė | composer Vladas Dieninis | set designer Arūnas Adomaitis | costume designer Laura Darbutaitė | light designer Andrius Matusevičius | performers Erika Vizbaraitė, Goda Laurinavičiūtė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Sigita Juraškaitė and Agnietė Lisičkinaitė | AIROS Dance Theatre 
    duration: 50 min. 
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  • October 28 d., Sunday * 11:00, 15:00, 17:00
    DANSEMA: Puzzle
    contemporary dance performance for children: 0-3 years language of performance: non-verbal choreographer Birute Baneviciute | dancers: Agnė Ramanauskaitė, Marius Pinigis, Mantas Stabačinskas. Giedrė Subotinaitė
    composer Rasa Dikčienė | lighting Aurelius Davidavičius | playwright-consultant Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė dance theatre  "Dansema"
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