Based on Fyodor Dostojevsky’s novel "Crime and Punishment"

Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe

DirectorKristian Smeds
CastAldona Bendoriūtė
PlaywrightKristian Smeds
Costume DesignerJūratė Paulėkaitė
ScenographerKristian Smeds
Premiere 2006 September 27
Duration 1 h. 40 m.
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky


Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe consists of ten scenes of songs, a literary form that affords the author a certain freedom in the writing and can be associated with melancholy, desire and even beauty. Whereas in Dostoyevsky the murderous Raskolnikov is the central character, Kristian Smeds zooms in on the figure of Sonia, his lover.

Krystian Smeds gives a voice to the grey margin of our society. To those individuals who, against their will, are at the mercy of the centrifugal force of the centre. He is talking about our Europe, a continent where violence stems from powerlessness, a continent disfigured by consumption. However painful this may be, Smeds seeks beauty in the ugly, and belief in the possibility of a miracle is never far away…