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HAVE A GOOD DAY! (Lithuania)
Opera for 10 cashiers, supermarket sounds and piano

2 April 2015, Thursday, 6:00 and 8:00 pm
North Hall, Contemporary Art Centre (Vokiečių g. 2, Vilnius)


Librettist Vaiva Grainytė
Composer Lina Lapelytė
Director and set designer Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Lighting designer Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Costume designer Daiva Samajauskaitė
Sound director Arūnas Zujus
Producer OPEROMANIJA

Cashiers:
Cashier I (an early morning duet) - Lina Dambrauskaitė
Cashier II (a foreigner) - Liucina Blaževič
Cashier III (an ecstatic optimist) - Vida Valuckienė
Cashier IV (a somewhat rough bimbo) - Veronika Čičinskaitė-Golovanova/Anna Miščenko
Cashier V (a new girl, clumsy) - Lina Valionienė
Cashier VI (a mother of an emigrant) - Rima Šovienė
CashierVII (a young woman with a degree in arts) - Milda Zapolskaitė
Cashier VIII (a single mother) - Rita Račiūnienė
Cashier IX (sings about sleeping products) - Svetlana Bagdonaitė
Cashier X (an early morning duet) - Kristina Svolkinaitė

Security Guards:
Kęstutis Pavalkis (piano), Aleksandr Kuznecov, Aleksandr Kravčun

Lina Lapelytė (field recordings, electronics)


The opera focuses on the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre: showing what lies behind their mechanical "Good afternoon!", "Thank you!", "Have a good day!", and fake smiles. Faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into unique and lively characters. Their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas. The characters of different sales clerks, embodying universal archetypes, convey the predominant social landscape. The libretto is a revealing mosaic of spoken, literary language and documentary.

The atmosphere of the supermarket is established through the glimmering and buzzing installation of daylight lamps and environmental sounds, connecting the audience to the stage and the 10 cashiers. The set itself is very minimalistic. Real goods - the recognizable décor of a shopping centre - exist only in acoustic and verbal form.

The monotonous beep of each item being scanned is a key sound through the whole opera. It gets louder and quieter, but it is always present. Songs that accompany the beeping are as monotonous as the process of shopping and selling. Instead of becoming the main point of the opera, music serves the thoughts of the cashiers - it facilitates their voice.

To avoid any moral or condemnatory suggestion, a critical attitude towards capitalism is expressed through humour, paradox, irony and poetry. The mosaic of different destinies is transformed into one poem suggesting the pleasure of consumption.

In 2013 "Have a Good Day!" was selected by an International Theatre Institute (ITI) jury for a presentation at the final of the worldwide competition "Music Theatre NOW" (Biennial for Performing Arts, Jönköping, Sweden), where the work was awarded Globe Teana-Theatre Observation prize. In 2014 "Have a Good Day!" was awarded Golden Stage Cross prize for the best Lithuanian Authors' Performance and two Baltic Theatre Festival prizes. Opera was presented in various music, theatre and opera festivals in Lithuania and abroad (Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival ACT, Contemporary Music Theatre and Opera Festival PROTOTYPE in New York, Theatre festival GOLDEN MASK in Moscow, Baltic Theatre Festival in Riga, AUTOMNE EN NORMANDIE in Le Havre, NEXT Festival in Villeneuve d'Ascq, EXIT in Creteil). Opera was also broadcasted on Lithuanian National Radio and BBC Radio 3.


Clever, charming and quietly subversive. Whatever critique of capitalist entrapment and consumerist obsession might be implied is conveyed with subtlety and wit.
Steve Smith, The New York Times

It's a tour de force of deadpan comedy....comes wrapped in a score of incantatory, almost liturgical serenity.
Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

...minimalist textures that evoke the swirl of everyday life - banality transformed into art. The opera is witty and poignant.
Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

A tightly constructed, multi-layered creation, its humor pierced by melancholy.
Alex Ross, The New Yorker

It's like a mini masterpiece. It's just nothing to take away, nothing to add - it's very solid, very simple and very real.
Jonas Mekas, www.jonasmekas.com

 

Duration
55' (no intermission).

Premiere
11 April 2011, the North Hall, Contemporary Art Centre, the 4th Contemporary opera festival NOA (New Opera Action) - short version.
28 September 2013, the Black Hall, Arts Printing House, the 10th International Vilnius Theatre Festival "Sirenos" - full version.

Discussion
Following the 8:00 pm project presentation at the North Hall of the Contemporary Art Centre a meeting with the project creative group will take place. It will be moderated by theatre critic Vlada Kalpokaitė and musicologist Veronika Janatjeva.

Web-site
www.haveagoodday.me

Tickets
€10 (available at TIKETA)

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