National Kaunas Drama Theatre and the international project DECONFINING invite you to public readings by young European and African writers online (on December 1st)
We invite you to the online event organised by the Creative Europe programme’s intercontinental cultural cooperation project Deconfining and the project’s partner, the National Kaunas Drama Theatre, featuring a public reading session and a panel discussion with four young writers from Lithuania, Burundi and Burkina Faso. The event will take place on 21 December 2022 at 7 pm (Lithuanian time) in the online environment.
Deconfining is a project that aims to transform the pandemic, restrictions, quarantines, and global crisis of 2020-2021 into a new creative energy that transcends the boundaries, borders, and stereotypes of the previous world and stimulates new forms of cultural mobility and collaboration. The project combines performing arts and visual arts organisations from different European countries and creative organisations from Africa (Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Burundi and Tanzania). The project aims to develop a new inclusive model of physical and virtual creative collaboration, explore and test new forms of cultural mobility, and exchange, develop and disseminate art projects.
The project participants are young writers Kibsa Anthony Ouedraogo, Laura Sheilla Inangoma, Greta Ambrazaitė and Teodora Grigaitė. Authors have been building their texts on pandemic and post-pandemic experiences in their countries and, simultaneously, about the contemporary world’s external and internal constraints and liberation utopias. They worked for three months through discussions, mind-maps, lectures and workshops, searching for common images, keywords and narratives of the shared dreams of their generation that would stretch across the European and African continents.
The authors will read the texts themselves, which are based on common themes but in different genres. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the authors and share the experience.
The event will be held in English.
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Laura Sheilla Inangoma is a Kirundi, Swahili and French playwright from Burundi whose plays have been produced in theatres and festivals in various African countries. She presented her work at the Avignon Festival in 2022, and her work seeks to make connections between her ancestral cultural heritage and global contemporary processes and experiences.
Kibsa Anthony Ouedraogo is a Burkina Faso-based writer, screenwriter, actor and mime from Ouagadougou, writing in Mori and French and active in African and European theatre events and projects (including the famous pan-African festival Récréatrales). His political work deals with contemporary life and society.
Teodora Marija Grigaitė is a PhD student at Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, philosopher, translator, publisher and educator. At “Phi Knygos”, she has worked on texts ranging from ancient philosophy to Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. She is working on books on philosophy for children. Her international publication on the role of laughter and humour in the feminist movement is forthcoming.
Greta Ambrazaitė-Norkūnė is a Lithuanian poet, musician, and translator from Spanish who recently published her second book of poems. She publishes her work in the country’s most important cultural publications and actively participates in literary events. Her work combines anthropological and feminist themes.