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   26 April 2013

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Meno Fortas returns in Romania

One of the best ranked European directors of the moment, Eimuntas Nekrošius returns to Sibiu for the 20th edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival which will take place June 7 – 16, 2013.

Winner of three Ubu Prizes for Theatre, the Lithuanian director Eimuntas Nekrošius presents as a national premiere, in Sibiu, his company’s newest production – “Divina Comedie” after Dante Alighieri. The director, described by Arthur Miller as a genius, creates a fascinating world through a theatricality that emphasizes the poetic use of the image and sound. Nekrošius transforms Dante’s journey in search of beautiful Beatrice in Hell, Purgatory and Paradise into a rediscovery of love in the most obscure corners of the human soul. The actor, Rolandas Kazalaz, does not play the character of some poet that feels a romanticized sadness over his lost lover. His Dante is sensual, passionate and does not accept loosing. Here, Dante is quick to follow Beatrice in Hell because without her everywhere is Hell. The director and founder of Meno Fortas Company, Eimuntas Nekrošius was present in Romania last year as well for the opening of the 18th edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival when he staged the production “The Idiot” at The Union Hall in Sibiu.

Divina Comedie is one of the fundamental works in the universal culture. It is possible to find something from Divina Comedie in almost all the works of the great authors. We can study a lifetime this text trying to understand anything with a good chance of not succeeding.” declared the Lithuanian director at the premiere of the production from April 26, 2012.

The production is divided in three acts and has a duration of approximately four hours and thirty minutes with two intermissions.

The schedule of events for the 20th edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival is in the final stage of confirmation and will be available starting next year. Sibiu International Theatre Festival is the most important performing arts festival in Romania and the third in Europe considering its size and dimensions. For ten days more than 2 500 artists and producers from around the world will present over 350 productions in 60 different venues from Sibiu.

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THE DEVINE COMEDY after Dante Alighieri

DIRECTED BY: Eimuntas Nekrošius
COSTUMES: Nadezda Gultiajeva
SET DESIGN: Marius Nekrosius
LIGHTS: Dziugas Vakrinas
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Arvydas Duksta
CAST: Rolandas Kazlas, Vaidas Vilius, Ieva Triškauskaitė, Remigijus Vilkaitis, Paulius Markevičius, Audronis Rūkas, Marija Petravičiūtė, Julija Šatkauskaitė, Beata Tiškevič, Milda Noreikaitė, Jurgita Jurkutė, Darius Petrovskis, Simonas Dovidauskas, Vygandas Vadeiša, Pijus Ganusauskas, Justas Valinskas
ASISTENŢĂ DE REGIE: Tauras Čižas
TRANSLATION: Aleksys Churginas
premiere: 26 aprilie 2012



Eimuntas Nekrošius

Eimuntas Nekrošius was born in 1952. He graduated from the Lunacharski Institute of Theatre Art in Moscow (1978). From 1978 to 1979 he worked at the State Youth Theatre in Vilnius, from 1979 to 1980 - at Kaunas Drama Theatre. Since 1980 he resumed work at the State Youth Theatre in Vilnius, where he produced the following performances:The Square by Yeliseyeva (1981), Love and Death in Verona by Antanėlis and Geda (1982),Pirosmani, Pirosmani, A Day Longer Than a Hundred Years by Aitmatov (1983), Uncle Vanya by Chekhov (1986) and The Nose by Gogol (1991). During 1991-97 Nekrošius has worked as a resident director of the Lithuanian International Theatre Festival LIFE. His performances produced by LIFE include Mozart and Salieri. Don Juan. Plague by Pushkin (1994), Three Sisters by Chekhov (1995) and Love and Death in Verona (1996). All were put on at many international theatre festivals. In 1997 he created one of his most successful productions – Shakespeares Hamlet that was performed in nearly all main European theatre festivals receiving numerous awards.

Since 1998 Nekrošius has been working as the artistic director of the theatre studio Meno fortas, which was also established in 1998. In 1999 he produced Shakespeares Macbeth. In 2001 he produced Shakespeares Othello with the world premiere taking in Venice. In 2002 Nekrošius worked on his first opera and produced Verdis Macbeth at Teatro Comunale in Florence. In 2003 the new theatre production of Nekrosius The Seasons was staged based on the epic poem by the classic Lithuanian writer Kristijonas Donelaitis. Another production of the same year was Anton Chekhovs The Cherry Orchard with Russian actors. The premiere of this production took place in July 2003 in Moscow and was hailed by Russian theatre critics as the most memorable and outstanding production of the play by the Russian playwright in the last decade.

One of the most poetic works done in 2004 was performance based on The Old Testament – The Song of Songs produced by Meno Fortas. Year 2005 was dedicated on the work of two opera productions Children of Rosental by Desiatnikov staged in Bolshoy theatre in Moscow and Boris Godunov produced by Teatro Comunale in Florence. Nekrošius latest releases - production based on Goethes Faust created in Meno Fortas (2006) and Richard Wagners "Valkyrie" staged at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in 2007. 2008 was fruitful with the new performances Anna Karenina, staged in Emilia Romagna Teatro in Modena and the latest opera production, The Legend of Invisible city of Kitez, were directed by Eimuntas Nekrosius in Teatro Lirico of Cagliari and Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow. Latest performance directed by Eimuntas Nekrosius is large scale theatrical production based on Fiodor Dostevsky, Idiot.