Klaipėda' Pilies Theatre
PILIES THEATRE (CASTLE THEATRE)
Activities of the theatre:
Performances by professional actors;
Street performances, actions, improvised performances;
Organization of the international theatre festival 'The Rowan' ('Šermukšnis').
Theatre in brief:
Klaipėda Pilies theatre was established in 1985.
Founder - Alvydas Vizgirda, patron – Klaipėda town municipality.
Performances staged by the theatre cast theatre and cinema actors, Klaipėda University Art Academy students and graduates. During its 23 years of work the troupe staged 48 premiere performances and visited about 30 foreign countries. Theatre director and actors are organizers of the regular international theatre festival "The Rowan" ('Šermukšnis'). Castle theatre is a prominent element of Klaipeda culture.
Performances of the theatre – appeal to human sensitivity, are extremely warm and intimate, sometimes grotesque and shocking, opening the imagination of a modern man. Latest performances of the Castle theatre demonstrate the tendency to include more carnival features. A carnival is a spectacle without a ramp and distinction between performers and spectators. The carnival puts a colorful hetaera's cloth on philosophy.
Often in performances of the Castle theatre the main character consciously puts on the mask of a jester and surrenders to being laughed at and humiliated. At that moment the carnival pre-planned turn-over of the world takes place: the way that moral defenders behave towards the jester shows immorality lurking inside of them...
Klaipeda Castle Theatre is a member of NETA (New European Theatre Action).
Currently the repertoire of the theatre includes:
Dario Fo and Franka Rame „I'm Waiting for You Honey“ („Aš laukiu Tavęs, mielasis“);
„Amok“ – monoperformance based on novella by Stefan Zweig;
"The Mergers“ ('Susiliejimai') – poetic performance - psalm based on Lithuanian classic poet‘s Maironis poetry;
Tamar Bartaia "The Toy Gun“ („Žaislinis pistoletas“) – romantic story in 2 parts;
"You Are Absolutely Right, Mr.Širvys" ("Drauge Širvy, Jūs visiškai teisus") - performance based on play by Arvydas Staškus "Such Devilishly One";
„Memories About The Residents Of Swine Street“- dramatisation on novels by Juozas Grušas and on play „Monument“ by Leonid Andreev;
„God Of Carnage“ – a play by Yasmina Reza;
„Warsaw Melody“ – a play by Leonid Zorin.
"Singles" - a play by Hanoch Levin;
"Lullaby for an Adult Man" ("Godnatt visa för en vuxen man“) - a play by Keren Klimovsky
"Flight No.37-P" - comedy by Vladimir Dyachenko
Street performances, improvised performances:
Impressive street event with a hint of the sea and Versailles's Gardens, created by designers Aina Zinčiukaitė and Vytas Aleknavičius. It is the street improvised performance receiving thunderous applause and gaining spectators' fascination.
„Porcelain Wedding“ („Porcelianinės vestuvės“)
Eccentric procession with some wedding elements, mysterious characters. Improvised performance reminds of a reception of gathering of revived white sculptures in a full moon. Authors of this performance attribute it to the category of serious – not serious theatre attractions, performances.
"Gardens Of Versailles"
The idea of „Gardens of Versailles“ was inspired by the book about Madamede Pompadour, the official favourite of Louis
XV, King of France and of Navarre. The performance does not fallow historical events. The real story is only the mean to intrigue spectators and public.The libretto is captured on fantasy and real events are pointing by excogitations. Versailles... Versailles... Versailles... Luxurious coaches, silk stocking ladies, assiduous cavaliers...Crowd of faces, beauty of costumes, smell of luxury, countless of intrigues in the palace... This time it isn‘t a story about fairy gardens. Let‘slook at one and only woman, artist, singer. Listen to sweet remembrances that visited her this night: passing youth and reckless days. The life goes to the end...
The elegant building known as the Erechtheion, on the north side of the sacred rock of the Acropolis was dedicated to Athena Polias – the goddess of wisdom and warfare and to Poseidon – the god of the sea.
On its east side, an Ionic portico with six columns sheltered the entrance to the east part of the building.
Those six amazing marble women became the inspiration of “Caryatides” – the performance of theCastle theatre.
…Late at night here comes the artist to the square on the rock of Acropolis. He’s in love with the unique beautiful sculptures. The sun goes down and what a surprise – the sculptures come alive. Caryatides tell to artist their touching and funny stories.
Athena with two Atlases come to the plot. But cheerful begining of performance doesn't give a promise about a happy -end. Because the encouter with perfection is real ruin for an ordinary mortal...
Scenario is based on myths about Caryatides, Athena, Atlases and Thanatus, awful and angry son of Nyx (Night).
Texts by Ancient Greek poets - Sappho and Archilochus – are used as well.
"Fairy-tale About Kitten, Cock-a-Dodle-Doo and Seven Goatlings"
Performance for Children based on Lithuanian Tales