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OKT/Vilnius City Theatre
The Seagull is the third part of a triptych. It continues to explore the themes of the contemporary theatre, the contemporary actor and the contemporary viewer. These theme are presented in Hamlet and The Lower Depths. All of these parts are joined together by a special focus on the actors.
“This is a great play to experiment with. From the very beginning, it was doomed for exploration. With The Seagull, we continue to explore the themes also present in Hamlet and The Lower Depths: the contemporary theatre, the contemporary actor and the contemporary viewer. In The Seagull we seem to seek the impression that the audience is included in the story. Such interactivity is not autotelic – already fifteen years ago, our theatre formulated one of its main mottos, i.e. to stage classics as contemporary plays, making them an interpersonal experience rather than a historical digression. Therefore, we seek the viewer’s involvement in the creative process of the play.” – says Koršunovas. Treplyov’s phrase “We need new forms” and Arkadina’s response “That is the talk of a decadent” are more than familiar to Koršunovas’ theatre. It’s very first performances There to Be Here, Hello Sonya New Year, P.S. File O.K., Roberto Zucco and Fireface, as well as the plays that followed, screamed for the need of new forms, while part of the public was categorical and made it clear in one way or another that they thought plays directed by Oskaras Koršunovas were somewhat decadent.
“I raise my two thumbs up for every word by Treplyov regarding the theatre. True, we must view the performance from his position. Yet, no matter how important the theme of the theatre, the writer first and foremost talks about life,” – told his actors Koršunovas in one of the rehearsals.
The Seagul was awarded with two Golden Cross Awards: Martynas Nedzinskas (Trepliov) was as the best actor and Nelė Savičenko (Irina Arkadina) as the best actress. Also, Koršunovas` interpretation won the main prize at 36th Lithuanian Theatre Spring Festival. International debut at the festival Kontakt in Torun, Poland was marked with five prizes: the third prize, the award for the best director to Oskaras Koršunovas and the award for the best young artist (Martynas Nedzinskas).
Famous actress Arkadina arrives at the estate owned by her brother Sorin, who is a retired senior civil servant, for a brief vacation with her lover, the writer Trigorin and her son Treployov. Sorin and his guests gather at an outdoor stage to see a play written and directed by Treployov. The play-within-a-play features Nina, a young woman who lives in a neighbor estate and wants be an actress like Arkadina. The play is Treployov’s latest attempt to create a new theatrical form, and is a dense symbolist work. Arkadina laughs at the play, finding it ridiculous and incomprehensible; the performance ends prematurely after the audience’s interruption and Treployov storms off in humiliation. Nina lingers behind after the group leaves, and Treployov shows up to give her a seagull that he has shot. Nina is confused and horrified at the gift. Treployov leaves when he sees Trigorin with jealousy. Nina talks with Trigorin and chooses to be with Trigorin rather than Treployov.
Oskaras Koršunovas was born on March 6, 1969, in Vilnius. In 1993 he graduated from the Vilnius Music Academy (the course of Jonas Vaitkus) with a Master’s degree in Theatre Directing. In 1998, the director, together with a few like-minded fellows, founded an independent theatre, called Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre, shortened to just OKT. Koršunovas, assisted by guest directors, has built a solid repertoire, which encompasses both contemporary drama and classics.
The director’s credo to stage classics as contemporary plays, recognizing what is relevant to the present time, and contemporary plays – as the classics, conveying what is universal and timeless, became paradigmatic in that creative period.
The main prize of the Edinburgh Festival awarded in 1990 to a student of theatre directing was a symbolic beginning, which has paved the way for the most prominent international awards. The most prestigious of them – the Europe Theatre Prize for New Realities – was awarded to Koršunovas in 2006. In 2009, Oskaras Koršunovas was given the honourable title of the Chevalier of the French order of Literature and Arts, and the next year he was awarded with the main prize of the Annual Meyerhold Assembly. The awards ceremony of almost every international festival involving the OKT theatre does not go without a mention of the name of Oskaras Koršunovas.
Director & Set Designer ｜ Oskaras Korsunovas
Translator ｜ Sigitas Parulskis
Costume Designer ｜ Dovile Gudaciauskaite
Composer ｜ Gintaras Sodeika
Video Artist ｜ Aurelija Maknyte
Lighting Designer & Installation Author ｜ Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Technical Director ｜ Mindaugas Repsys
Sound Engineer ｜ Ignas Juzokas
Props & Costumer ｜ Aldona Majakovaite
Stage Manager ｜ Malvina Matickiene
Dirctor Assistant ｜ Agnija Leonova, Kamile Gudmonaite
Subtitling ｜ Aurimas Minsevicius
Tour Manager ｜ Audra Zukaityte
Cast ｜ IRINA ARKADINA – Nele Savicenko, TREPLEV – Martynas Nedzinskas, SORIN – Darius Meskauskas, NINA ZARECHNAYA – Gelmine Glemzaite, Agnieska Ravdo, SHAMRAYEV – Vytautas Anuzis, Kirilas Glusajevas, POLINA – Airida Gintautaite, MASHA – Rasa Samuolyte, TRIGORIN – Darius Gumauskas, DORN – Dainius Gavenonis, MEDVEDENKO – Kirilas Gulsajevas, Giedrius Savickas
OKT/Vilnius City Theatre has made strong impressions on Korean audiences with several masterpieces such as Fireface (SPAF, 2002), Romeo and Juliet (LG Art Center, 2005) and Uncle Vanya (SPAF, 2010). Established in 1998, Oskaras Korsunovas Theatre (currently bearing the name of OKT / Vilnius City Theatre) was determined to remain independent from the outset. OKT firmly decided to cut all relations with the theatrical reality of that time and create a new reality based on the contemporary theatre language. It then began to stage new dramaturgy, which at that time was hardly presented on the Lithuanian stage, thus proclaiming that the times had changed and the contemporary theatre had to reflect the reality of the day. OKT set out to look for new ways to communicate with the audience, and in parallel, introduced a new style of management. OKT got a new name Vilnius City Theatre and embarked on building a creative platform in an attempt to meet the demand of the Vilnius audience and to gather them together. That is why the theatre’s first large-scale project was the Vilnius International Theatre Festival ‘Sirenos’ held in cooperation with the public institution ‘Vilnius Festivals’. First organized in 2004, this annual festival not only invites the most interesting foreign companies but it also presents the Lithuanian showcase including the season’s best local productions. OKT will not stop looking for new forms and means of communication not only by moving outside the stage or theatre building, but also by blurring the boundaries of traditional theatre concepts. The theatre will continue to create its architectonic vision in the imagination of its spectators.