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Music, theatre and visual performance after the cartoons by Herluf Bidstrup

14 April 2015, Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Great Hall, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (Gedimino pr. 4, Vilnius)

Director Vidas Bareikis
Composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė
Set designer Simona Biekšaitė
Costume designer Liuka Songailaitė
Conductor Ričardas Šumila
Music leader Marija Grikevičiūtė
Lighting designer Matas Šimonis
Sound director Kastytis Narmontas
Producer Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija
Partner Lietuvos nacionalinis dramos teatras

Actors: Kęstutis Cicėnas (Cartoonist), Jonas Braškys (Boss), Laurynas Jurgelis (Drunk), Gediminas Rimeika (Drunk), Eimantas Pakalka (Henpecked Husband), Martynas Ališauskas (Lickspittle), Karolis Ajauskas (Priest), Karolis Vilkas (Santa Claus), Viktorija Žukauskaitė (Black Cupid), Taura Kvietinskaitė (White Cupid), Greta Petrovskytė (Swimmer), Paulina Taujanskaitė (Statue), Kamilė Petruškevičiūtė (Fatty), Augustė Pociūtė (Maid), Inga Šepetkaitė (Black Beauty), Gailė Butvilaitė (White Beauty), Ugnė Šiaučiūnaitė (Bird), Oskar Vygonovski (Bird), Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė (Wife), Ignas Gužauskas (Rock Star), Lukas Malinauskas (Thief), Artiomas Rybakevičius (Strongman) and Adas Bareikis, Austėja Karčauskaitė, Dominykas Kručkauskas, Austėja Minkevičiūtė (African Children)

Musicians' ensemble: Marija Grikevičiūtė (piano), Lukrecija Petkutė-Dailydienė (keyboards), Kristupas Gikas (flute), Rafal Jackevič (saxophone), Apolinaras Dubauskas (trumpet), Patrikas Kišūnas (tuba), Toma Bandzaitytė (violin), Enrika Ūselytė (violin), Paulius Vaškas (electric and bass guitars), Adas Gecevičius (drums)

"The Most Excellent and Lamentable PLAN B" is a performance where music and theatre, image and sound, higher school students and graduates, still unknown and already famous, artists of the young generation who work in Lithuania and those who return from abroad for performances act together. They all have built and inhabited the theatre "house" where everything is the same as in the world outside it, but everything is very different. It has its own laws, its own logic, the sky and hell, angels and little imps. As it is fit, the identity of the PLAN B is implemented by its language. Believe me, after the performance you are sure to say "Tchke!!!"

The performance is based after cartoons of the Danish artist Herluf Bidstrup (1912-1988). The idea to bring back from oblivion funny drawings that we saw in our childhood in the old book bound in green, appeared an attractive challenge to the new generation. Vidas Bareikis, the performance director and leader of the theatre movement "No Theatre" searched an improvisational key to very precise caricatures of everyday situations drawn by Bidstrup. The composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė created an audio picture for them performed live by a musicians' ensemble and the actors. The play was given on 5 December 2013, marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, at the Great Hall of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. Presented to the class of students of the director Oskaras Koršunovas' class, it was the first serious test on a professional stage where the sets designer Simona Biekšaitė constructed a live conceptual interdisciplinary space, while the costume designer Liuka Songailaitė gave every personage a completed graphic form.

The arranged song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" performed by Mariah Carey is used in the play.

The title of the play "The Most Excellent and Lamentable PLAN B" focuses not only on the search for its plan, its language, but also the so-called man's second plan that is hidden in all of us. Bidstrup's cartoons depict the human "facade" and the PLAN B that becomes visible only under certain circumstances. Besides, this humoristic material serves as creative inspiration for the young creators of the play.
Vidas Bareikis, director

I studied music since my childhood and have never understood how this phenomenon can be called "a background element". Music has colour, emotions, state, tempo, body - what is more, music has an extraordinary feature that it can never to be ignored. If you focus your rational mind on some other element, the music being played at the time will sink in and stay in your subconscious, from which it will not be so easy to remove. The PLAN B is an original game, where the musical picture existing parallel to wonderful images and acting, draws its synthesising but individual and clear line.
Rūta Vitkauskaitė, composer

A gang of little drawings looks innocent-
When the curtain is parted you will see yourself and me in black and white.
Are you ready?
Follow the course of the story!

Simona Biekšaitė, sets designer

As to the costumes, the "Plan B" had only a Plan A: I went to a rehearsal, saw it, had a dream. Young energy, musical language, unknown but easily understood by everyone, the sets provoked and defined the concept of costumes: youthful maximalism is expressed by minimalism so that some room is left for wonderful music and youth. Less is more - most probably it is the most suitable description.
Liuka Songailaitė, costume designer

... First of all it should be said that the play or rather the project is really rather entertaining. It is great to step in and have a look at the witty world of the cartoons with slight ironic fortuity and the upside down logic of routine social life. It is still greater to do all this on the stage of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre that is not stranger to certain logic, themes, colours or simply theatre routine. What's more, live music makes up an important part of the project too. The musical ensemble in the orchestra pit of the country's main theatre is also a pleasant and refreshing picture, as well as the more frequent appearance of the spectre of Lithuanian musical theatre.
Paulius Javsas, Literatūra ir menas (13/12/2013, No 3453)

Those who want to cautiously find out the taste of Lithuanian contemporary music should start with this play - your appetite would only build up.
Agnė Biliūnaitė, (1/7/2014)

70' (no intermission).

The stroboscope effect that can cause an epileptic seizure is used.

5 December 2013. Great Hall, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. The production was created in collaboration with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.

On April 14 2015 Herluf Bidstrup's cartoons that inspired "The Most Excellent and Lamentable PLAN B" will be on display in the foyer of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.

After the play a meeting with the creative group of the play will be held in the foyer of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. The theatre critic Vlada Kalpokaitė and musicologist Veronika Janatjeva will moderate discussion.

€10 (available at TIKETA)