OTHELLO | Play | Ivan Vazov National Theatre
09 July, Tuesday 19:00 Main stage Guest

OTHELLO

Guest
OKT/Vilnius City Theatre – Lithuania
Duration
03 h 40 m (with interval)
Genre
Tragedy
Age restriction
Not suitable for persons under 16

OTHELLO

Text William Shakespeare

 

Director:

Oskaras Koršunovas

Stage designers:

Oskaras Koršunovas, Julija Skuratova

Costumes designer:

Julija Skuratova

Composer:

Antanas Jasenka

Improvisation for guitar author and performer:

Džiugas Gvozdzinskas

Video artist:

Artis Dzerve

Choreographer:

Vesta Grabštaitė

Lights designer:

Eugenijus Sabaliauskas

Director’s assistant:

Jokūbas Brazys

Literature adviser:

Kasparas Pocius

Technical director:

Mindaugas Repšys

Sound technician:

Ignas Juzokas, Edvardas Kašincevas

Props and costumer:

Laura Aurylaitė

Stage manager:

Malvina Matickienė

Subtitling Aurimas:

Minsevičius

Touring manager:

Audra Žukaitytė

With the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture and “TheAtrium”

Cast:

Oneida Kunsunga-Vildžiūniene, Digna Kulionytė, Saulius Ambrozaitis, Sofija Gedgaudaitė, Karolis Norvilas, Miglė Navasaitytė, Gerda Čiuraitė, Džiugas Gvozdzinskas, Aurelijus Pocius, Džiugas Grinys, Domantas Starkauskas

Oskaras Koršunovas is an outstanding figure in Eastern European theatre landscape of the last decade. In this production, he looks at the classic Shakespearean tragedy Othello through the prism of contemporary experience. It’s a carnal play about desire, beauty, and fate. It’s also an eminently political play, which challenges our relationship to foreigners, to gender, to the other. Passion, betrayal and revenge come together in sensual and sometimes violent choreography in this large-scale and spectacular performance. But it also shows the extent of manipulation in contemporary societies, where rejection and xenophobia continue to be used as weapons to foster feelings of insecurity and antagonism. 

Oskaras Korshunovas graduated in theatre directing from the Lithuanian Academy of Music.  While still a student he stood out for his unusual theatrical language. In 1998, the director, together with a few like-minded fellows, founded an independent theatre, called Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre, shortened to just OKT. Koršunovas has built a solid repertoire, which encompasses both contemporary drama and classic stagings. The director’s credo is 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. In 2008, Koršunovas opened The OKT Studio in his theatre, where he turned the rehearsal process into in-depth laboratory exploration. Oskaras Koršunovas has won a number of national and international awards, among which is the prestigious Europe Theatre Prize for New Realities. In 2009, Oskaras Koršunovas was given the honourable title of the Chevalier of the French order of Literature and Arts. The director was awarded also with the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden and with many other distinctions. 

 

In Lithuanian with Bulgarian and English surtitles.  

 

The production is presented together with World Theatre in Sofia 2024, part of the Cultural Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2024.

 

Photo credit:

D.Matvejev

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