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HOLE (Lithuania)

16 April 2015, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Column Hall, Trades Union House (V. Mykolaičio-Putino g. 5, Vilnius)

Librettist Gabrielė Labanauskaitė
Composer Rūta Vitkauskaitė
Director Marija Simona Šimulynaitė
Sets and costume designer Vita Eidimtaitė
Video artist Rimas Sakalauskas
Lighting designer Karolis Juknys
Sound director Vytautas Bastys

Joana - Agnė Sabulytė, mezzo-soprano
Marta - Rita Mačiliūnaitė, mezzo-soprano, percussion
Jonas - Jonas Sakalauskas, baritone, elec. guitar

Other characters on the stage:
I Wall - Marija Kalvelytė, metallophone, percussion, voice
II Wall - Simonas Kaupinis, tuba, metallophone, percussion, voice
III Wall - Marija Grikevičiūtė, double-bass, percussion, voice
IV Wall - Patrikas Kišūnas, tuba, percussion, voice
V Wall - Kristupas Gikas, flute, percussion, voice
VI Wall - Marius Pikčiūnas

The idea of the opera was inspired by the thought that the world we see around us depends entirely on our own individual imagination, that every one of us imprisoned in the labyrinths of our thoughts lives a very separate, peculiar, extraordinary life in an inimitable individual reality.

The opera "Hole" tells the story of parallel worlds, parallel lives they live, the lives that never have any contact, of the existence of an individual, the growth, prosperity and of shock of his personal life. The work is concerned with anomaly and preternaturalness, with the limits of perception and with the limitless of the world ... The "Hole" is a zone similar to the Bermuda Triangle, Neverland and the Purgatory (or a intermediate variant of them all). People who have got stuck in the situations they have created and experienced act here. They stagnate; they do not move or progress. The personages find themselves in a hole - physical, spiritual and mental.

The chamber part of the opera consists of nine performers, nine personages, every one of them being an instrumentalist, a singer, an actor and a dancer. During the performance every one of them are transformed, "entering" another space, becoming different. Only three protagonists do remain the same throughout the opera - they are symbols of different worlds with their own space and sounds.

In the sense of image and drama the opera is similar to a musical installation. Tin the traditional sense it consists of seven scenes, however the action is united not by the plot but by stage-musical "impulses", messages to the spectators, who will read them in their own way discovering an individual code of the perception of the opera. The "Hole" is a work that gives the spectators the chance to travel safely in the layers of the subconscious without any fear of consequences. The opera sounds, accords, rhythmical patterns, voices, action and images lead towards the bottom, which is the beginning of the "hole" in everyone of us.

We, people, agreed on how to count time and what to call things, and this is the point where our separate worlds meet. Everything else will remain in obscurity for eternity. Then why do not dream that there is an endless number of those worlds, beings and realities, about the existence of which we will never find out. And why do we not dream that sometimes among those unknown worlds, maybe by chance, meeting points appear, which could also become the "reality" that we understand in this way...
Rūta Vitkauskaitė, composer

They say that every man is part of the infinity, which we call here a "hole". It is complicated psychedelics that exists in every man. In some of them, however, it is active, and passive in others.
This is visualisation of the diagnosis that has got stuck in an "enchanted circle". It is horrible to look at, but it is necessary to overcome the fear and have a look only because if it ever awakes in us we would know we are and how to get out of it ... If it is possible, on the whole, to get out of it with the help of our way of thinking.

Marija Simona Šimulynaitė, director

The installation-like sets was greatly influenced by the extraordinary space of the Column Hall of the Trades Union House. At the basis of the scenery lies the visual "game" of the objects that produce sounds", their transformations, and the movement of these objects that change the space atmosphere. The performers' costumes are a mix of colour aesthetics, psychedelics, avant-garde, non-traditional forms and images of other worlds/galaxies.
Vita Eidimtaitė, set and costume designer


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

50' (no intermission).

2 April 2009, the Black Hall, Arts Printing House, the 2nd Short Opera Festival NOA (New Opera Action). The opera "Hole" was also presented on 12 September 2009 at the Trades Union House international project "Musical Laboratories network Process".

After the presentation of the opera at the Column Hall of the Trades Union House a meeting with the opera creators will take place. Discussion will be moderated by the theatre critic Vlada Kalpokaitė and musicologist Veronika Janatjeva.

€10 (available at TIKETA)