May 19th

18:00 - 21:00

CKK Jordanki
Al. Solidarności 1-3
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre

The spectacle is inspired by three stories, Prosper Mérimée’s novella Lokis and the life stories of two artists: the Lithuanian visionary photographer, Vitas Luckus, his unconventional approach to photography and controversial lifestyle (homicide and subsequent suicide); along with Bertrand Cantat, the vocalist of the French rock group Noir Désir, who during a short visit to Vilnius killed his lover, the famous French actress Marie Trintignant. One strand in the performance is about fear and what is beyond aour control, while another is about the reproduction of an image. We see many images and hear many ‘truths’ and ‘facts’, but we never know whether they are or not, whether we are witnesses to reality itself or only an image of it. Like in photography – an image is a reproduction, a duplicate of a real object: exposure to light and the photographer’s vantage point determine what reality looks like when captured in a photograph. The original approach of Vitas Luckus to photography and his ideas have been used here in a video from a performance balanced between theatre and cinema and exploring truths, meanings and events through images. The image is everything. The image is reproduced so many times that it creates a fake truth in which we begin to believe. But can it overcome reality itself?

The performance features a long sequence of very loud music.

Running time: 3 hours (with 1 interval)

Photos by: A. Vasilenko/ D. Matveje

Directed by: Łukasz Twarkowski