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Theater. Opera And Ballet In Lithuania

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Theater. Opera And Ballet In Lithuania

Post by asadkhan122002 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:21 pm

Some Lithuanian theatre-goers used to proclaim that Lithuanian theater directors are better known abroad than at home. This sentence marks both the quality of Lithuanian theatre and the supposed lack of appreciation for it in Lithuania itself. This was always an exaggeration but the Lithuanian directors like Eimuntas Nekrošius, Oskaras Koršunovas or Rimas Tuminas are indeed regular guests at world class theatre festivals. Yet they are also greatly enjoyed by the Lithuanian public with some plays getting sold out weeks or months in advance.

Theater tickets are cheaper in Lithuania than in the West. However the performances are not aimed at tourists as all plays are in Lithuanian language (with the exception of the Russian repertoire of Vilnius Russian Drama Theater). If that doesn’t detract you there are many theaters in all the major cities. Some of the main state-sponsored ones are the Nacionalinis dramos teatras, Jaunimo teatras, Mažasis teatras (all in Vilnius), Kauno dramos teatras (Kaunas), Klaipėdos dramos teatras (Klaipėda), Šiaulių dramos teatras (Šiauliai), Juozo Miltinio dramos teatras (Panevėžys). In Vilnius there is also a commercial Domino theatre which offers a repertoire of lighthearted comedies.

However all of the above are merely a pinnacle of Lithuania’s theatre world as there are many small troupes, some of which have their own premises while others perform in different hall every time. In summer theaters travel around the country and show plays in resort towns such as Palanga.

Opera and ballet are more accessible to foreigners. Operas are now always presented in the original language with Lithuanian subtitles. Operettas, on the other hand, are presented in the translated form. The ticket costs are not expensive by western standarts. The plays are less innovative than some of those at drama theaters and consist of the classics sometimes adorned by modern decorations. There is a single opera and ballet theater in Lithuania (in Vilnius). Additionally the “Bohemiečiai” troupe presents its irregular performances of operas and musicals sometimes. In Kaunas, Klaipėda and Panevėžys there are so-called “Musical theatres” (Lithuanian: muzikinis teatras). Their repetoire also hold more intenational appeal than that of drama theaters.

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