After Eimuntas Nekrošius The Last Ones

Photo by Laura Vansevičienė

On 21-30 November, the Youth Theatre hosted a series of events entitled Eimuntas Nekrošius. The Last Ones. The week of events in memory of the director organised by the Youth Theatre together with Meno Fortas theatre, included seven performances, two meetings with the creative teams behind the director’s productions, two films, the opening of the exhibition Meno fortas of Eimuntas Nekrošius at the National Art Gallery and the international conference Eimuntas Nekrošius. Now.

The performances of the programme Eimuntas Nekrošius. The Last Ones were shown in the spaces of the Youth Theatre and Meno Fortas theatre. In addition to the productions by these theatres, audiences were presented the director's latest works created at Klaipėda Drama Theatre and the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. The Great hall at the Youth Theatre hosted the following productions: Sons of a Bitch based on the novel by Saulius Šaltenis (Klaipėda Drama Theatre), Book of Job (Meno Fortas theatre), Boris Godunov based on the dramatic work by Aleksander Pushkin (Lithuanian National Drama Theatre), Inferno-Paradiso based on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Meno Fortas theatre), A Hunger Master based on the short story by Franz Kafka (Meno Fortas theatre) and Zinc (Zn) based on Svetlana Alexievich work (The State Youth Theatre, Meno Fortas theatre). Theatre Meno Fortas showed the production Monologues of Silence by the director Kęstutis Jakštas, in which actors read the legendary monologues from earlier works by Nekrošius. The performances were attended by 2630 viewers, among which, in addition to the conference participants and ten accredited foreign guests, were directors, theatre critics, festival coordinators from Finland, Russia, Poland and Ukraine.

Taking part in the meetings with the audience that took place at the Meno Fortas theatre were actors Vladas Bagdonas, Remigijus Vilkaitis, Kostas Smoriginas, Dalia Storyk, Algirdas Latėnas, Dalia Overaitė, Aldona Bendoriūtė, Povilas Budrys, singer Andrius Mamontovas, Nekrošius’ students Ieva Kaniušaitė and Adomas Juška and longtime creative collaborators of the director Kęstutis Jakštas and Vaidas Vilius. The meetings were moderated by theatrologist, professor Ramunė Marcinkevičiūtė and Polish theatre critic Lukasz Drewniak.

Films Creating Qudsja Zaher (director Vita Želakevičiūtė) and Eimuntas Nekrošius. Father’s Chair (author Audronis Liuga) were watched by 500 viewers who also attended the meetings with the creative teams of the films.

The conference Eimuntas Nekrošius. Now brought together speakers from Germany, Greece, Russia, Poland, Italy, Finland and Lithuania. Academics and important personalities in the theatre world, such as Hans-Thies Lehmann, Eleni Varopoulou, Marina Davydova, Oskaras Koršunovas, Artur Duda, Nikolai Pesochinsky, Rasa Vasinauskaitė, Valentina Valentini, Ramunė Marcinkevičiūtė, Lukasz Drewniak and Kristian Smeds presented ten papers to members of academia and culture lovers who attended the conference.