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NOA Festival

The operas of the New Opera Action Festival (NOA), in traditional thinking, break the genre conventions and do not fit its frame. In order to question the traditionally drawn borders of the genre and discover new ways of influencing audiences, the works in the NOA framework are treated by bringing back the original meaning of the opera genre: Lat. opera "a work".

In its first and second year (2008-2009) the festival was called a festival of short operas; in 2010 it presented itself as a festival of contemporary operas as it was influenced by the growing length of performances. The fourth NOA Festival demonstrated the search for chamber-like nature of works and simplicity giving up the traditional opera "trails"- pomposity and grandeur, transforming in the fifth year into a totally minimalist nano-opera format that provoked creators to demonstrate creative ideas in a concentrated way. Finally, the sixth NOA Festival makes no statements keeping the NOA as a distinguishing mark.

Employing the experience gained, which it has not lost and mustering strength to take larger steps the sixth NOA festival is returning to the arena of performing arts after a two-year break and is building a bridge from the past to the future. The audiences will be able to see the opera "Have a Good Day!" that is put on abroad more often than in Lithuania and has become as though a charm of success. Thinking of the future and in order to initiate more fruitful creative collaboration, the festival will be closed with a marathon of the presentation of the ideas of art projects - the "Pitching" that aims to encompass interdisciplinary visions of contemporary operas, music theatres, and interdisciplinary art of enthusiastic art creators.

The exciting programme that will reveal the concept of the contemporary opera will bridge the gap between history and future. The NOA Festival brings together people possessed by creative work whose inspiration will not be restricted by any thematic framework where the themes are concerned, therefore this year the programme is colourful. A closer look will reveal several more distinctive trends.

The first one is the tribute that the artists who are approaching thirty years of age or have just have crossed the threshold pay to their childhood: the reminiscences of the 1990s appear in the radio play the "Audiokaukas" that was inspired by the television programme "Videokaukas" broadcast in 1990s; "Consolium 3000" will transport us to the psychedelic sound and image world of the first video games, while "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Plan B" will bring back from oblivion the little cartoon books of the by Herluf Bidstrup that they looked at in their childhood.

One more festival trend is the importance of sound, which will be the focus of attention in "Confessions", the spatial mono-opera in the dark, as well as the "Audiokaukas" mentioned above. During the "Flyway", an audiovisual urban bird watching tour, the spectators will migrate between the worlds of the sounds of man and bird.

Finally, in this NOA Festival the artists' attempts to experiment in search for the forms that will make a stronger influence of the spectators are clearly seen. The "Hole" that will take us to the bottom of our subconscious should be mentioned, as well as the extremely short and concentrated nano-opera "Dress Code: Opera", the "Confessions" that will kindle all the senses, and the "Flyway" that questions the traditions of being the spectator.

Hopefully, the events planned to take place after the performances will give still more impressions: meetings with the artists, tastings, and exciting discussions, which will be moderated by the musicologist Veronika Janatjeva and theatre critic Vlada Kalpokaitė, representatives of different art trends. We believe that various difficult, complex and unusual questions will be asked, which will need answers, responses and statements that will show different experience, and will encourage thinking, socialising and analysing. 

It is also important the festival does not limit itself in the local space: the sixth NOA will see guests from Australia; we will see the outcome of the creative collaboration of Swedish and Lithuanian artists.

The present festival will initiate discourse about contemporary opera, without attempting to draw a "formula" for it or a description. The sixth NOA Festival is about the numerous concepts of this genre, possibilities and prospects, about the past and present, and about what unites various arts and sensations.

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