" When working on the adaptation for the show, I tried to select the more funny and positive stories, because Sakse has written plenty of sad, tragic ones – unjustly tragic, I would say! "
STORIES OF FLOWERS
Vilnius Theatre Lėlė
Puppet theatre performance for children based on the book by Anna Sakse
Script writer and director Nijolė Indriūnaitė
Designer Aušra Bagočiūnaitė Paukštienė
Composer Faustas Latėnas
Performers Almira Grybauskaitė, Elvyra Piškinaitė, Sigita Mikalauskaitė
Premiere February 2017
Duration 40 mins
Tickets at TIKETA
Stories of Flowers is a puppet theatre performance for the entire family based on the book of contemporary fairy-tales by the Latvian writer Anna Sakse. The adaptation was created by the director-dramaturge N. Indriūnaitė, who is well known and beloved between theatre-goers for her subtle yet passionate performances. It is not her first artistic encounter with the works of A. Sakse, however. When asked what has encouraged her to once again take upon the texts by the Latvian author, Indriūnaitė replies half-jokingly: “Oh, but she‘s the only one I know who has written about flowers!”
The director adds: “When working on the adaptation for the show, I tried to select the more funny and positive stories, because Sakse has written plenty of sad, tragic ones – unjustly tragic, I would say! One can view the world in any way he or she likes, but the tragic and pessimistic worldview does not inspire me at all“.
The flowers in this performance is first of all a metaphor. Woman as a flower, girl as a flower… Maybe that is the reason why the cast of the show is almost entirely feminine? But there is also a strong male voice in the performance: both literally and figuratively. That is the singing voice and original musical compositions of the renowned Lithuanian composer Faustas Latėnas, who is best known for his famous collaborations with the great Lithuanian theatre directors Eimuntas Nekrošius and Rimas Tuminas.
is settled in the former house of Duke Oginskis in the Old Town of Vilnius. In 1977 the house was restored, and the former Vilnius Puppet Theatre moved in under its new name Lėlė. The history of the Lėlė dates back to 1958 when it was established by a puppeteer, actor and director Balys Lukošius. Later the famous Lithuanian puppeteer and stage designer Vitalijus Mazūras joined the theatre and took the position of the leader. The plays he staged resulted in the aesthetic revolution of the 1970-1980’s East European puppet theatre art.
The Lėlė Theatre stages Lithuanian and worldwide known fairy tales, as well as pieces of children’s literature by the popular Lithuanian and foreign authors. Every year it enriches its repertoire of performances for adult audiences, thus calling for a change in widespread general opinion that puppet theatre is first and foremost dedicated to children’s audience.
Apart from a group of 20 actors diverse in their age and scenic character, the theatre is also proud to have a team of talented, qualified and skilful puppet masters and stage designers. In 2006, Live Puppet Museum was opened in the theatre – installed in its Gothic basement it boasts of a permanent exhibition presenting puppets, masks, posters and sketches of past performances, and also organises educational workshops and temporary exhibitions in other venues across Lithuania.
WHERE / WHEN
27th May, 2 pm. Klaipėda Puppet Theatre