The Tower of Babel is rising! Rehearsals of the international team began in the theater
The premiere process of the international project “Tower of Babel/Planet Earth/Game Over/Reset”, which is dedicated to youth from 13 years old, is gaining momentum – on July 26. A large creative team from Norway, Iceland, Hungary and Lithuania gathered in the National Drama Theater of Kaunas. The premiere of the immersive performance is already on August 19, 20, and 26 in the Parketinė Hall of the National Kaunas Drama Theater and on August 23 – in Čekiškė’s P. Dovydaitis gymnasium (Kaunas district).
„TOWER OF BABEL. Planet earth/Game over/Reset“ is an interactive theatrical adventure for teenagers. This performance tells a fantasy story of creating a new world and a new tribe of people after a global disaster.
THE PAST. Once upon a time, all the people of the world was one. One Nation. One People. With One Language and One God. One day the leaders of the people decided to build a magnificent tower. A tower was so high and beautiful that they could reach God in the skies. But God saw what they were building and decided that it was not good. The people of the world should not think that they were like God. So God divided them. He gave them different languages so that they could no longer understand each other. He made them afraid of each other so that they started wars against each other. And so the people of the world abandoned the big common project of Babel and built nations for themselves. They were confused and afraid. And in the far future, the people of the Planet Earth destroyed even their own Planet.
THE FUTURE. The world after the climate catastrophe. Only a few small tribes of people remain, scattered around the world. Each tribe has its own language and customs. They live like animals, foraging for food and trying to survive in a world destroyed by the apocalypse. What will happen if these tribes meet? This is a story of the past, the present, and the future. What may come and what may happen.
Will the human race once more be able to gather around a common project? Or are we forever doomed to live and fight amongst each other?
All performances are free, but registration is required. The plays are in Lithuanian and in English.
Partners of the show: Káva Kulturális Műhely (Hungary), Kompani13 (Norway), Bird & Bat (Iceland) and National Kaunas Drama Theater (Lithuania).
The author and director of the idea of the performance: Hilde Brinchmann (Norway).
Scenographer: Signe Gerda Landfall (Norway)
Costume designer Helena Andersson (Sweden)
Composer Deividas Gnedinas (Lithuania).
The international cast includes Jorunn Lullau (K:13, Norway); Steinar Thorsen (K:13, Norway); Snædis Lilja Ingadóttir (Bird & Bat, Iceland); Sigurður Arent (Bird & Bat, Iceland); Anna Boznanszky (Káva Kulturális Műhely, Hungary); András Kazári (Káva Kulturális Műhely, Hungary); Saulė Sakalauskaitė (NKDT, Lithuania); Ugnė Žirgulė (NKDT, Lithuania); Andrius Alešiūnas (NKDT, Lithuania), Kamilė Lebedytė (NKDT, Lithuania), Artūras Sužiedėlis (NKDT, Lithuania), Inga Mikutavičiūtė (NKDT, Lithuania), Marius Karolis Gotbergas (NKDT, Lithuania), Greta Šepliakovaitė (NKDT, Lithuania), Arnas Ašmonas (NKDT, Lithuania).
The project is funded by the Culture Programme of the European economic area financial mechanism 2014–2021, “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022”, “Erasmus +” and is presented in the program of the international contemporary performing arts festival “Contempo”.