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   20 november 2018

   cristina Ghinea

Farewell, Eimuntas Nekrošius!

After a remarkable career, the director Eimuntas Nekrošius passed away last night, at 65. For his unique power to create emotion and for his ability to reinterpret the great dramatic literature in creations which have become performing arts landmarks, the artist was distinguished with a Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame in the 2015 edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

“Eimuntas Nekrošius, a well-known Lithuanian artist, one of the greatest theatre directors in the world, left us. He supported the Sibiu International Theatre Festival from the very beginning, and we had the honour of having him as guest multiple times. He was an award-winning artist who created memorable performances over time, winner of the Europe Theatre Prize. In 2015, during the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, he was awarded a Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame. It would have been his birthday tomorrow, he would have turned 66. He brought masterpieces to Sibiu, including his great creation of Hamlet, the productions Three Sisters, The Divine Comedy, or A Hunger Artist, and we had started discussing a 2020 coproduction in Sibiu. But Time lost patience. May the light shine upon his soul!” - Constantin Chiriac

Eimuntas Nekrošius (born 1952) graduated from the Lunacharski Theatre Institute in Moscow in 1978. He worked at the National Youth Theatre in Vilnius (1978 - 1979) and at the Kaunas Drama Theatre (1979 - 1980). In 1980, he came back to the Vilnius Theatre where he collaborated for the following performances: The Square by Yeliseyev, Pirosmani, Pirosmani (1981), Love and Death in Verona by Antanėlis and Geda (1982), A Day Lasta More Than a Hundred Years by Aitmatov (1983), Uncle Vanya by Chekhov (1986) and The Nose by Gogol (1991). All his productions were awarded in various theatre festivals in Lithuania and the Baltic States. In 1994, Nekrošius receives the award for Best Director of the Year of the Lithuanian Theatre Union, and the European Theatre Union awards him with New European Theatre Realities for the show Mozart and Salieri. Don Juan, Plague. In 1997, he creates one of his most successful productions: Hamlet by Shakespeare, which is played at almost all the big European festivals, winning several prizes. In 1998, he sets up the theatre studio Meno Fortas, where he works as an artistic director. In 1999, he stages Macbeth by Shakespeare, and, in 2001, Othello, which is world premiered in Venice. In 2002, he directs his first opera, Macbeth by Verdi, at Teatro Comunale in Florence. In 2003, Nekrošius stages The Seasons, based on a poem by the famous Lithuanian poet Kristijonas Donelaitis and The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov, premiered in Moscow and praised by the Russian critics for being the most memorable production of Chekhov’s work in the last ten years. In 2008, Anna Karenina is staged at Emilia Romagna Teatro in Modena and the opera production The Legend of Invisible City of Kitezh directed by Eimuntas Nekrosius at the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, as well as at the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow. In 2009, in the framework of Vilnius – Cultural Capital of Europe programme, he stages The Idiot by Dostoevsky. This production receives the Lithuanian award Golden Stage Cross for the Best Theatre Performance of the Season. In 2010, Nekrošius stages the opera Faust by Charles Gounod at La Scala Theatre in Milan and, in 2011, he stages two productions – Caligula in Moscow Theatre of Nations and opera Othello by Verdi in the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Some of the most recent productions are: The Divine Comedy by Dante at Meno Fortas Theatre, Paradise staged at the Olympic Theatre in Vicenza (2012), the opera Othello at the Lyric Theatre in Bari and Cagliari (2013) and The Book of Job at Meno Fortas Theatre (2014).