Laura Kutkaitė / Lithuanian National Theatre (Lithuania)

Laura Kutkaitė / Lithuanian National Theatre (Lithuania)


The sirens are singing – beautifully, writes Homer. They sit on an island, lure men onto land and then kill them. Except for Orpheus, who sings louder, and Odysseus, whose companions stuff wax in their ears and have him tied to the mast so that he can listen to the sirens without dying.

European mythology is dominated by violence: between people, gods, mythical creatures and the sexes. Inequality and power imbalances produce fears and defence strategies instead of relationships. What makes us hold on to these structures?

Working with her collaborators, director Laura Kutkaitė puts a contemporary story right in the middle of the minefield of myth: four years after the highpoint of the #MeToo movement in Lithuania, she puts the issue of abuse of power in the arts world on the stage. Posing on a rock, four female actors open their island theatre and tell true stories from their working life, while waiting for “the great Odysseus”. They leave no dark detail out – not even the competition between them – and at the same time perform theatre: in costume and makeup, with sound and light, with bitter humour, passion, vulnerability and plenty of reasons. In this way they strike the structures exactly where they could change.

Laura Kutkaitė is a Lithuanian theatre director. “The Silence of the Sirens” is her first work at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre in Vilnius. Winner of FAST FORWARD 2022 – European Festival for Young Stage Directors in Dresden. 

Sat 6.07 18:00 Rakvere Teatri suur maja BUY TICKET (sold out)

Sun 7.07 17:30 Rakvere Teatri suur maja BUY TICKET (sold out)

Duration: 1h 45 min
In Lithuanian, with English and Estonian subtitles.

Director Laura Kutkaitė; Playwrights Teklė Kavtaradze, Laura Kutkaitė in collaboration with the cast; Set and costumes designer Paulina Turauskaitė; Composer Agnė Matulevičiūtė; Choreographer Laura Kutkaitė; Choreography consultant Agnietė Lisičkinaitė; Light designer Vilius Vilutis; Director's assistant Urtė Sėjūnaitė; Playwright assistants Simona Jurkuvėnaitė, Eglė Poškevičiūtė; Producer Rugilė Pukštytė; Cast Gerda Čiuraitė, Rimantė Valiukaitė, Toma Vaškevičiūtė, Oneida Kunsunga, Aistė Zabotkaitė, Jūratė Vilūnaitė.