International festival for children and youth KITOKS'20
January 11-19, Arts Printing House
… I LES IDEES VOLEN (…AND IDEAS SOAR) | Animal Religion (Catalonia)
11 (Saturday) 12.00 and 15.00, black hall
contemporary circus performance, recommended age 2-5 | duration 25’
autorship: Animal Religion (Quim Giron, Joana Serra and Joan Cot Ros) | administrative production: ElClimamola | co-production: Mercat de les Flors & El més petit | with the collaboration of Centre de creació Can Gassol de Mataró
A circular and empty space. A body, a microphone, six speakers and twenty-four lights star in this contemporary circus show. Through the gesture and sound, seeing and touching, the public is invited to participate in this journey full of acrobatics, humor, play, light and music. … And the ideas fly they want is a fresh spectacle where few objects are very heavy and small actions grow to become intense, fun and full of complicity to take off with the public.
Animal Religion works to innovate the circus and seek new means of expression. From the beginning of his creations shares a space where light, body and sound or music emerge simultaneously creating an identity of their own.
Photo by Dmitrij Matvejev
LUMI | Šeiko Dance Company, Dalija Acin Thelander (Lithuania, Sweden)
12 (Sunday) 12.00 and 15.00, black hall
dance performance – installation for babies of 0-12 months | duration 120’
concept, choreography, lights, costumes: Dalija Acin Thelander | music: Qillannguaq Q Berthelsen | installation, set design: Linas Kutavičius, Dalija Acin Thelander | performed by: Marija Ivaškevičiūtė, Inga Kuznecova, Oksana Griaznova, Mantas Černeckas, Erikas Žilaitis | programming: Justas Bø | producer: Vilija Bartašiūtė
Welcome to surreal LUMI – the ethereal sphere of enchanting lights and mesmerizing dances. You are invited to wander and explore, to drift among luminous objects responsive to touch and movement, to surrender to curious sensations, to enjoy the spellbound dance and music, to daydream…
The installation environment is designed to challenge conventional conception of aesthetics for babies. It proposes out-of-ordinary sensory experience and ambience, abundant with movement and contemporary dance. The audience is free to move, enjoy multiple perspectives, explore, be active and / or relax. In order to respect the individual needs of both babies and adults, as well as the time needed for their experience, the audience is invited to enjoy the installation upon their personal needs – to arrive at the time which suits them best and stay as long as they like to, within the 2 hours of running time.
HOME | Klaipėda Puppet Theatre (Lithuania)
12 (Sunday) 12.00 ir 15.00, pocket hall
recommended age 6-9 | duration 35’
creative team: Aušra Bakanaitė, Gintarė Radvilavičiūtė, Virginija Rimkaitė, Monika Mikalauskaitė, Kęstutis Bručkus, Justina Kalnietytė, Verdenė Monika Valkiūnaitė, Donatas Bieliauskas (Donis)
inspired by Gendrutis Morkūnas novel “Iš nuomšiko gyvenimo”
Most of us have played home in our childhood. This game goes on even if we forget we are playing it. We go on with our lives, try to complete some levels, complete challenges, and create our own rules of the game. During this performance we watch two players: their relationship, which has started with a white sheet of paper, gets folded, glued, torn, wrinkled, tries to find suitable angles and finally puts together a life. How do their life and relationship change after the arrival of a third family member? How does our game affect others?
Performance “Home” encourages not to give up after a failed level, to keep playing, to try again and not forget that first of all life is a team game.
Photo by Dmitrij Matvejev
GĖDA PELĖDA | Theatre Open Circle (Lithuania)
13 (Monday) 10.00, pocket hall
rhythmical-musical performance, recommended age 6-9 | duration 45’
concept, music: Judita Urnikytė | set design: Birutė Belada Tauterytė | director: Ieva Stundžytė | sound engineering: Andrius Čaplikas | costumes: Teklė Jasenkaitė | lights: Ignas Lungevičius | performed by: Judita Urnikytė, Jovita Jankelaitytė, Jurgis Marčėnas
Theatre “Open Circle” invites the audience to join in playfully telling short childhood stories about the naughty, the stubborn, the fidgety - i.e. ourselves. According to the main characters One, Two and Three, there is nothing interesting or fun in moralizing – finding creative ways to solve everyday problems together is the way to go!
Photo by Salih Kilic
CAMOUFLAGE | Captain Sugar&The Monkey Puppets (The Netherlands)
13 (Wednesday) 18.00, black hall
14 (Tuesday) 10.00, black hall
physical theatre and circus performance, recommended age 5-10 | duration 60’
creative team: Michael Zandl, Friederike Kohring, Jóakim Meyvant Kvaran, Eyrun Ævarsdóttir, Leon Börgens
“Camouflage” tells the story of the comfortable life of a small, colorful society in an isolated microcosm of a living room. Their daily routine seems to work like a well-oiled machine – until suddenly a stranger appears in their world. With a mindset of his own the newcomer sets in motion a series of events that leaves no hat unturned.
Captain Sugar&The Monkey Puppets mix physical theatre with high-class circus skills in an energetic and playful family show which takes the audience on a humorous journey through questions about identity, belonging and community.
Photo by Laura Vansevičienė
MEADOW | Dansema Dance Theater (Lithuania)
14 (Tuesday) 11.00, pocket hall
interactive dance performance-installation for babies of 6–18 months | duration 40’
choreographer: Birutė Banevičiūtė | dancer: Giedrė Subotinaitė | composer: Rasa Dikčienė | costume designer: Rūta Biliūnaitė | light designer: Aurelijus Davidavičius | supported by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius city
Full of secrets, colored and soft meadow in which children together with the dancer are engageed to seek adventure and look for treasures, experience joy of discovery and communication, share their impressions and emotions. The form of performance-installation allows children to explore dance and environment without limitations in time needed to get involved.
Photo by Laura Vansevičienė
WATCHMAKER | Dansema Dance Theater (Lithuania)
15 (Wednesday) 11.00, pocket hall
interactive musical action performance for babies of 6-18 months | duration 40’
idea and choreography: Birutė Banevičiūtė | choreography and dance: Mantas Stabačinskas / Marius Pinigis | music: Jurgita Mieželytė | costumes and scenography design: Medilė Šiaulytytė | lights: Aurelijus Davidavičius | support: Lithuanian council for culture, Vilnius city, Kaunas city | partners: Kaunas city chamber theatre, Kaunas 2022, Arts Printing House
Performance-musical action is inspired by the idea of the clock and movement of its parts - arrows, gears, alarm. Movement and sound surprises which appear from the dancers costume will invite toddlers to become participants of the performance, co-authors of movement and music. Exploring musical instruments used by dancer babies will create musical accompaniment for the performance. This is the first performance of such form for babies in Lithuania.
OUT | Unterwasser (Italy)
15 (Wednesday) 12.00 and 18.00, black hall
puppetry performance, recommended age 6-10 | duration 45’
performance, concept, direction, puppet creation, scenes, sounds, lights: Valeria Bianchi, Aurora Buzzetti, Giulia De Canio
Simple, poetical, emotive, it is a magnetic and magnificent puppetry performance, combining several manipulation techniques. This kaleidoscopic and inventive combination of manipulated objects, puppets, shadows – where lights and music are used with cheerful intelligence and emphatic function – creates an impressive performance, sometimes almost like an animated film. “Out” is a tale about growing up, narrated with the language of visual theatre. It doesn’t need words to go straight to the hearts of the spectators: the music, the gestures and the puppets are sufficient to communicate the meaning of the story.
SIBERIAN HAIKU | Stalo teatras (Lithuania)
16 (Thursday) 10.00, pocket hall
object theatre performance, recommended age 10-14 | duration 80’
director, scenographer: Saulė Degutytė | composer: Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis | costume and light artist: Renata Valčik | performer: Balys Ivanauskas | singers and choir: Inga Šepetkaitė, Paulina Simutytė, Kristina Baranauskaitė
The depth of the universe of three rice grains – this is is the credo of the creators of “Siberian Haiku”. The performance is based on texts by Jurga Vilė in the book of the same name. Here, the story of the exile of the writer’s father Algimantas Stakėnas is told through the ten-year-old boy’s lips, and it reveals the fate of many Lithuanians.
With the inventive use of various objects and making them act unexpectedly, the performance “Siberian Haiku” focuses on the subject of human spiritual freedom and creativity, because in difficult moments it gives strength to even the smallest ones. Although the piece tells about the painful things, the place of plaintive things here is occupied by the playfulness, the light and the haiku – a Japanese poem that paints a natural landscape from a few words, symbolizing internal human experiences.
TETRIS | Arch 8 (The Netherlands)
16 (Thursday) 12.00 and 18.00, black hall
dance performance, recommended age 5-12 | duration 50’
choreography: Erik Kaiel | performers: Kim Jomi Fischer, Ryan Djojokarso, Paulien Truijen, Mayke van Kruchten
Inspired by the game Tetris the dancers dance with the walls and the hall. This extremely physical dance quartet explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to communicate, and then invite others to enter into our world. It is for the kids who can’t sit still, for the ones who like to climb the walls, and those who can imagine further than they can see.
Photo by Pernilla Lindgren
INVISIBLE LANDS | Livsmedlet Theatre (Finland)
17 (Friday) 10.00 and 18.00, pocket hall
recommended age 12+ | duration 50’
concept, direction and performance: Ishmael Falke and Sandrina Lindgren | sound and music: Niklas Nybom | light design: Jarkko Forsman | support: TelepART
Across the desert, behind our back. Up the mountain, down our spine. Over the sea, just under our nose. On the day the war broke out, we left home.
Geography and politics are physically extended and transformed into organic performance platforms – our bodies – and we learn what touch, presence, and endurance really are about. With Invisible Lands, the visual theatre duo Livsmedlet challenges themselves in a unique meeting between puppetry and choreography.
BEAT THE DRUM | Theater De Spiegel (Belgium)
18 (Saturday) 12.00 and 15.00, black hall
19 (Sunday) 12.00 and 15.00, black hall
musical and shadow theatre performance | recommended age 8 months to 3 years old | duration 45’
composition and musicians: Joeri Wens, Nicolas Ankoudinoff | shadow play and technique: Alain Ongenaet | set design: Wim Van De Vyver | concept and direction: Karel Van Ransbeeck | costumes: Lies Marechal
Marbles, balls, bowls, drumheads, drums and water... A magical jam session in a peculiar setting. A light source artist, a flute and sax player and a percussionist embark on a inquisitive journey of sound, music and rhythms. Young and old, big and small can enjoy a visual concert where rock ‘n’ roll meets poetry.
Beat The Drum! is a music theatre production filled with catchy rhythms and amazing shadow theatre. In an original set sporting lots of drumheads, we invite young children and their parents to join a percussionist, a saxophonist and a puppeteer for a unique experience. Musical improvisation and shadow play are used to create an authentic story.
Program that encourages children to analyze and discuss theatre, motivating to become an active spectator. During the festival, selected groups of children from local schools will see all the performances and will have an opportunity to discuss them with educators and creators themselves, ask questions and take a closer look at the creative process.
Seminar „Taboo in Theatre for Children“
Seminar approaches topics of boundaries and taboos in theatre for children. Participants’ group consisting of actors, directors, playwrights, scenographers and theatre educators will be meeting pupils and discussing various taboo topics together. Children will also be invited to the final event to see the presentation of the results of this seminar. Activities will be hosted by artist and educator Jorge Padín.
Swedish ASSITEJ, Nordic-Baltic project „Neighbours” (participants from Sweden, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania)
Seminar: Scenes’ reading (9 playwrights and 9 scenes)
11 (Saturday) 13.00, Infolab
free entrance | 100’
Together with Baltic playwrights, the project will compare Sweden to the Baltics, explore different perspectives on the multilayered themes of neighbourship, prejudices, belonging, antagonism and how professional theatre workers approach those themes in plays for young people. Through this project, participants will exchange knowledge, experiences and methods, and deepen the knowledge of each other’s nations and theatrical field. Arts Printing House is a partner in this project, the final phase of which takes place during KITOKS festival.
WORKSHOP: BODY, LIGHT&SOUND | Animal Religion (Catalonia)
11 (Saturday) 16.00, black hall
recommended age 2 to 5 | 45’
one ticket covers 1 child and 1 adult
„Body, light&sound“ is a workshop with the circus company Animal Religion where acrobatics, light and sound get discovered through play. Through individual and group physical exercises the participants explore movement in a specific performance space where lights and sound react to the participants. Guided through the process, the workshop offers the opportunity to experience an artistic space while developing scenes that enhance different qualities of movement.
Swedish ASSITEJ. Seminar: Presentation of Nordic-Baltic project „Neighbours“
12 (Sunday) 11.00, Infolab
free entrance | 50’
Presentation: Scene of Italian international festivals
12 (Sunday) 16.00, café
free entrance | 45’
SMALL SIZE NETWORK presentation
Katariina Metsalampi (president of the SMALL SIZE NETWORK, Finland)
14 (Tuesday) 12.00, Infolab
free entrance | 30’
WORKSHOP: BUILDING YOUR IMAGINATION | Aysha Rau („The Little Theatre Trust“, India)
18 (Saturday) 11.00 and 14.00
recommended age 2-4 | 45’
one ticket covers 1 child and 1 adult
Toddler theatre workshops specially designed for the 2 to 4 year olds are created for developing the imagination of the toddler. The facilitator introduces various theatre games which involves the participation of each and every one in the group. There's no right or wrong answer and no one is forced to participate. Each child will participate when he/she is ready to participate, however, each one of them is observing and taking in what is happening around them.
Aysha Rau works both with the toddler and his/her parent because this way the toddler's sense of security is intact and the learning is almost immediate. It's also a wonderful way for parent and toddler to bond in an activity where everyone is participating on an equal platform. It's fun and liberating for everyone!
tickets: 5 Eur (unless indicated otherwise) | family tickets (from 4 people) - 4 Eur (discount only available at the box office of Arts Printing House) | every spectator is required to have a ticket | children can not enter for free
Tickets available at TIKETA box offices (buy online)
tickets for groups (from 10 people): firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT - organizers have a right not to let the people into the hall after the start of the performance
The festival is supported by Lithuanian council for culture and Vilnius city municipality