BETWEEN LENA’S LEGS, OR “DEATH OF THE VIRGIN” AFTER MICHELANGELO DA CARAVAGGIO
Premiere 2021 06 08
Translation from Polish Vyturys Jarutis
Playwright, director, scenographer, and costume designer Agata Duda-Gracz
Lighting designer Katarzyna Łuszczyk
Choreographer Tomasz Wesołowski
Composer Łukasz Wójcik
Director’s assistant Marius Pažereckas
Liudas Vyšniauskas, Cezary Studniak / Darius Meškauskas, Maciej Maciejewski / Mikalojus Urbonas, Bartosz Roch Nowicki / Artūras Lepiochinas, Jonas Viršilas, Justina Vanžodytė, Kamilė Andriuškaitė, Eglė Jackaitė, Alina Mikitavičiūtė, Regina Šaltenytė, Samanta Pinaitytė, Sigutė Gaudušytė, Renata Idzelytė, Simona Šakinytė, Toma Gailiutė, Rimantas Pelakauskas, Donatas Švirėnas, Vaidas Jočys, Karolis Maiskis, Linas Lukošius.
The play refers to the biography and creations of the Baroque period Italian painter Caravaggio. It discusses the relationship between sin and holiness which, contrary to how it may seem, is by no means unambiguous. Caravaggio’s paintings on religious topics are acclaimed as being genius, they evoke faith. Although Carravagio himself, having earned fame among his peers not only for his paintings but shocking violence as well, was wasting his life, not neglecting to commit any conceivable sin. He was into shadows more than into light – both in his paintings and his life. A big sinner and a saint at the same time, to whom painting was the only true existence – his soul shelter. Is such an untraditional asceticism possible? Open brutality and divine beauty – how does that coexist? What secret connections bind the utmost evil and the supreme good?
Adam Mickiewicz Institute is the partner in creating the performance.
Sponsor – Polish Institute in Vilnius.
© Ilja Sivakov