LMTA Theatre Days 2019

On 14-24 March, 2019, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre shall be welcoming the V International Theatre Festival LMTA Theatre Days. In programme of the festival – 12 performances of various genres created by Lithuanian, Estonian and Finnish young artists. The main stage of the festival is LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius), but performances will also be shown on other stages. 


2019 March 14, Thursday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42) 

Charon. Documentary Performance 

Director: Kristina Trinkūnaitė 
Composer: Justina Trinkūnaitė-Sungailienė 
Operator: Vytenis Jankauskas 
Music performed by Justė Burškaitytė 
Performers: Giedrė Kederytė, Kristina Trinkūnaitė 
Partner: Theatre “Atviras ratas”

In the ancient Greek mythology, Charon is a creature that sails souls of the deceased across the river of death to the world of the dead.  This task is still performed nowadays –  not by mythical creatures but by ordinary people who volunteer to stay near those who are about to leave this world. 
Charon, a documentary performance, is based on stories told by the staff, volunteers and patients of a hospice, a palliative care hospital.

Duration: 60 min. 
Première: 2018 May 17, LMTA Slushko Palace. 

2019 March 15, Friday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

The Piano Hero. Audiovisual Performance 

Performer: Marta Finkelštein (piano) 
Visualisation author: Kornelijus Jaroševičius 
Light designer: Giedrius Gurevičius 
Sound: MiSC

Francesco Filidei – Toccata 
Johannes Kreidler – Study for Piano, Audio and Video Playback 
Ferenz Liszt – Rhapsodhy Nr. 2 
John Cage – 4.33 
Henry Cowell – The Banshee 
Stefan Prins – Piano Hero #1

The Piano Hero is a research into the image and activity of the contemporary pianist. Musicologist Alex Rosso says, “The problem is not that today’s way of performing music at concerts has become desperately trite, but that music, for a way too long, has been kept constrained in the same format which is reproduced almost universally.” 
The key message of ​​The Piano Hero is to present compositions of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries that reflect the diversity of the piano repertoire along with the variable curve and wide possibilities of the pianist’s performance on the stage.

Duration: 40 min. 
Première: 2018 October 12, LMTA Balcony Theatre. 

2019 March 16, Saturday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

Performance “The Actress” (University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)

Author and perfomer: Outi Condit 
Consultant, co-author: Vincent Roumagnac  

Duration: 55 min. 
Première: 2017 October 17, University of the Arts Helsinki. 

2019 March 17, Sunday, 17:00 
Hallway next to LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

My Dear Friend. Movement Performance

Performers: Year 2B Contemporary Dance students Elmyra Ragimova, Emilija Dūdaitė, Viktorija Zobielaitė, Viktorija Ambrazaitė, Ugnė Kavaliauskaitė, Martyna Meškauskaitė, Viktoras Fedorenko, Ignas Šmitas, Ciaran Turley, Scarlett Primerose, and Year B4 Acting student Marius Gotbergas.

The performance creator and student supervisor:  Giedrė Jankauskienė.

Music: William Basinski, Tom Waits, Gorillaz, Sote.

Remind me about it. I’ve forgotten a little. And next time tell me. Just in case, so that I don’t forget. You know how it may happen… 
Remind me that, usually, I exist. But, to tell the truth, I don’t exist at all. When I’m with you, but I don’t accept you. I take a step back and want to stay with myself, but at the same time, I can’t live without being connected…unconnected… So how would it be if it were different? How to make it all correct and well?

Duration: 50 min. 
Première: 2018 December 13, Hallway next to LMTA Balcony Theatre.

2019 March 17, Sunday, 19:00 
LMTA Building 5: Theatre Factory (T. Kosciuškos 12, Vilnius) 

Marie Cardona

Director: Agnius Jankevičius 
Author: Eleonora Baker
Acrtess: Gabrielė Ladygaitė 
Visual effects: Total Strangers Ltd 
Sound effects: Mighty God Records 
Production: Kaunas Chamber Theatre
Co-production: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

Description: Once Marie gets hit on the head. Then she gets hit again. And again. 
After a while, Marie understands she has a problem and this problem opens up her eyes  – she is different from everyone else. This is how Marie’s long journey to the Society of the Right People starts. Her destination is what those whose eyes always turn red and who never get hit on the head call Feelings. 
When Eleonora Baker, the author of the play, received a proposal to write the stage adaptation of The Outsider by Albert Camus, she took a slightly different way. 
“Everyone knows Meursault, the main character of the novel; however, I’d like to raise a question. Who is Marie Cardona, Meursault’s lover, just occasionally appearing in the novel, and what happens to her? Who is she and where is she now?”

Duration: 90 min. 
Première: 2018 May 25, LMTA Theatre Factory.

2019 March 18, Monday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

PRA. Mono-performance

One-act Monoplay for an Aspiring Actor by Justas Tertelis 
Creative team: Karolis Norvilas, Viktorija Kuodytė, Giedrius Gurevičius, Justas Žilinskas.

Description: A sincere story about myself and about everyone who belongs to a captivating and magic world of the theatre that casts a spell upon us with its truths and lies.  
About an open, light-hearted and restless approach of an aspiring actor towards the theatre, here and now. About how he currently sees the theatre, what he agrees with, what and who he blames, and what seems important for him. The actor is telling us about the very beginning of the career, about his beginning of acting on the stage, about the love and responsibility for the career. Why is it hard to start? Are you born to become an actor? And, what seems the most important for an actor? 
This is what a young actor is telling us about, and his poem is so honest: 
“Dear audience, everything we create is for you. Even the advertising of a performance is for you. To grab your interest, to attract you and bring you here, where we are… And then, when the lights fade out, when you hear the music, when the curtains rise, I’ll be there standing in front of you – this will be the long-awaited beginning for me and you.” 
Yours sincerely, 
Young, Aspiring Actor.

Duration: 50 min. 
Première: 2018 April 22, LMTA Balcony Theatre. 
Instructions and warning: during the play, a stroboscopic effect and theatre smoke effect is used. 

2019 March 19, Tuesday, 16:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

Discussion: Will the Young Bring the Fresh Air to the Theatre?

Moderators: theatrologist, dean of LMTA Theatre and Film faculty Elona Bajorinienė, performative arts critic Aušra Kaminskaitė.

Description: In the middle of the LMTA Theatre Days Festival, we will announce a one-day break where the participants of performing arts activities – creators, audience and theatre critics – are invited to discuss the creative processes, problems, needs, opportunities and prospects of young theatre artists. 
What are the new winds that the young artists are bringing to the Lithuanian theatre? Is young equal to new? Is new obligatory for the young? You are all welcome to discuss these and other questions.

Duration: 80 min.

2019 March 20, Wednesday, 19:00 
LMTA Building 5: Theatre Factory (T. Kosciuškos 12, Vilnius) 

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

After a fantasy story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Director: Milda Mičiulytė 
Performers: Arnas Danusas, Taura Kvietinskaitė

Description: The play focuses on the two most noble and indispensable to one’s morale feelings – shame and pity. A person who is able to possess them hasn’t yet lost the sense of humanity. The situation where these two feelings are analysed is loneliness deliberately chosen by a person and arrogance towards others.  What happens to a person who refuses to have human feelings?  What might encourage someone to behave like that?
The main theme revealed in the etude is the idea of ​​destruction.  A ridiculous man ruins the planet. He sins. The themes of sin and its redemption are not foreign to Dostoevsky and are emphasised on the stage to raise the key question – who can redeem a person’s sins and give this person a chance to change?

Duration: 40 min. 

2019 March 21, Thursday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42) 

Everything What’s Earthly Bespeaks Death


Creative team: Jonas Golubovskis, Džiugas Grinys

Description: I haven’t plugged my ears. Everyone else has but not me. That’s why I was the only one who’s heard everything. I haven’t covered my eyes with a cloth, either, like everyone else. That’s why I’ve seen everything. Yes, I was the only one to see and hear everything. But, unfortunately, I can’t understand anything, so what’s the point if I’m the only one who has seen and heard everything?

Duration: 60 min. 
Instructions and warning: during the play, a stroboscopic effect and theatre smoke effect is used 
Other information: I was tagged a bastard. But is it true? Not, it isn’t true. And I’m not going to prove it.

The performance Everything What’s Earthly Bespeaks Death is a laureate of the Audience Choice Award at the Stage Art Etude Competition Balkono okupacija 2018 (Occupying the Balcony 2018). 

2019 March 22, Friday, 19:00 
LMTA Building 5: Theatre Factory (T. Kosciuškos 12, Vilnius) 

Guests: Dance Performance “Palun” (“Please”)

Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School, Estonia

Creative team: Kaisa Kattai, Keithy Kuuspu.

Duration: 50 min.

2019 March 23, Saturday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 


Author: Motiejus Ivanauskas 
Performers: Mantas Bendžius, Andrius Alešiūnas, Povilas Jatkevičius, Deividas Breivė, Kamilė Lebedytė

Description: A meeting. Serious questions, relevant for the entire human race, are being discussed. But to be even more precise, the relationships among the people performing in this play are at once hard to define.  Such “tricks” are expected to grab the audience’s interest. Maybe they’ll seem comic, maybe not. Two different stories will gradually develop into a single theatrical mix.

Freezing is a laureate of the Stage Art Etude Competition Balkono okupacija 2018 (Occupying the Balcony 2018).

Duration: 90 min. 
Première: 2019 March 23, LMTA Balcony Theatre. 

2019 March 24, Sunday, 19:00 
LMTA Balcony Theatre (Gedimino Ave. 42, Vilnius) 

Born for Hard Soil / Positive Minus. Dance Performances

“Born for Hard Soil”
Concept, choreography, dance: Scarlet Primrose, Viktorija Zobielaitė, Viktorija Ambrazaitė, Viktoras Fedorenko, Martyna Meškauskaitė, Marius Gotbergas
Music: Lapalux, Akkord 
Lighting: Giedrius Gurevičius

Description: “I won’t swim unless I learn to. When just born, I wasn’t able to swim. I was born for hard soil, not for water. When just born, I wasn’t able to think. I was created for life, not for thought. And the one who can think and turn his thought into action will go far. But then, he will leave the hard soil and move to water, and one day he’ll sink”.

Positive minus” 
Concept, choreography, performance: Ciaran Turtley, Emilija Dūdaitė, Elmyra Ragimova, Ignas Šmitas 
Music: Muslimgauze, Ben Frost 
Lighting: Giedrius Gurevičius

Description: “My body is like an everlasting magnet made of two opposite poles. These opposites attract each other to make one whole, but this whole doesn’t fill me with harmony”.

Duration: 50 min. 
Première: 2019 January 17,  LMTA Balcony Theatre. 

All events of the festival are free-of-charge.

Limited seating available. Priority tickets (“Balkono žetonai”/“Balcony chips”) will be distributed 30 min before the beginning of the of the play at the location of the event.