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The international project Tower of Babel was launched through educational activities in schools

On September 6, schools of the Kaunas district welcomed the interactive theatre workshops of the international project Tower of Babel intended for the youth from 14 years of age. Director Agnė Sunklodaitė and two professional actors conducted activities in four different schools located in the Kaunas district.

The first educational activity was organised at Pranas Dovydaitis Gymnasium in Čekiškė. Later, the creators had visited Vytautas Magnus University Ugnė Karvelis Gymnasium in Akademija, Garliava Jonučiai Progymnasium, and Zapyškis Principal School in Kaunas district. Together with Norwegian director Hilde Brinchmann, project partners and director Agnė Sunklodaitė prepared a questionnaire and interactive tasks intended for the youth that would help to clarify the idea, form, and presentation method of the performance. During educational activities, director Agnė Sunklodaitė and actors discussed topics relevant to the young people and addressed them through acting means, which were an additional tool to identify problems, motivate critical approach towards surrounding environment, and stimulate creativity. The material gathered during the workshops will be used while writing the play for the international performance Tower of Babel.

The international project Tower of Babel is intended for 14-16-year-old teenagers. The project aims to look at global problems through the eyes of a young person, actualise these problems by using the language of interactive theatre, and encourage critical thinking of young people. Every day the public hears information on geopolitical changes. What do young people think of these changes? How do they see themselves in this context? How do they see their future? Do they care about the climate change or decay of democratic principles in modern society? Do they see themselves as individuals or members of society? By referring to the well-known biblical motive of the Tower of Babel, the Norwegian director of the performance Hilde Brinchmann will create an epic concerning faith and opportunities while inviting the participants of the performance to also become its storytellers.

The project is created by professionals of interactive and immersive theatre for youth, the members of the international network PIYL (Participate in Your Life): the National Kaunas Drama Theatre (Lithuania), K:13 (Norway), Bird and Bat (Iceland), and Kava Kulturalis Muhely Egyesulet theatre (Hungary). The premieres will be held on August 19 and 20, 2022 at the National Kaunas Drama Theatre and on August 23 in Čekiškė (Kaunas district); later, the performance by NKDT actors will be included in the theatre’s repertoire. 

The international project is funded by the open call Supporting Access to Culture and Strengthening Cultural Education under the Culture programme of the European economic area financial mechanism 2014–2021, Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, and Erasmus+ funds.

Director of the performance: Hilde Brinchmann (Norway, Oslo), set designer: Signe Gerda Landfald (Norway, Oslo), costume designer: Helena Andersson (Norway, Oslo). 

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