Urbantschitsch Method

DirectorArturas Bumšteinas
CastJonė Dambrauskaitė, Mantas Zemleckas, Justina Mykolaitytė, Viktorija Damerell
Assistant DirectorJustina Mykolaitytė
Costume DesignerViktorija Damerell
ScenographerViktorija Damerell
ComposerArturas Bumšteinas
Premiere 2020 October 18


Composer Arturas Bumšteinas, who is making his debut as a theater director, is presenting in Lithuanian one of Thomas Bernhard’s most famous novels, Das Kalkwerk (The Lime Works). Using excerpts from the novel, the director tells a story about insanity and deafness, together with professional and amateur actors, who talk, sing and play bass guitars. Viktor Urbantschitsch was an Austrian doctor who lived in Vienna at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and worked in rehabilitation of deaf people. He was convinced that absolute deafness was rare, and with regular practice of certain hearing exercises, it was possible to discover sound-sensitive zones in the deafness spectrum and develop them with the help of methodical sound exercises. Konrad, the protagonist of Bernhard’s novel The Lime Works, applies the so-called extended Urbantschitsch Method to his wife for decades until his experiments kill her. The actors’ actions in the performance intertwine with their recorded voices reading and singing Bernhard’s texts. In the extracts of the novel used in the performance, the theme of hearing is obsessively repeated, which forms different listening habits of the viewer-listener.  Arturas Bumšteinas (b.1982) is an artist working with sound. He is interested in listening/hearing problems and authentic methods of creation. Arturas works at the intersections of music, exhibition art, performance art, theater and radio art disciplines. His work has been presented by such institutions as Holland Festival, Unsound, Ultraschall, Cricoteka, Operomanija, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, CAC, Vartai Gallery, Berghain Kantine, etc. In 2014, Arturas was awarded the Palma Ars Acustica Prize for his radio art, in 2017 he was a resident of the Berlin artist program DAAD, and in 2019 was awarded the earring of Borisas Dauguvietis for the integration of sound experiments into the contexts of Lithuanian theater. Arturas is also Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Festival Young Music.