Set designer - Dainius Liškevičius
Costume designer - Aleksandras Pogrebnojus
Composer - Antanas Jasenka
Light designer - Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Sound designer - Ignas Meilūnas
Sculptor of a ballerina figure - Donatas Jankauskas
Cast: Povilas Budrys, Airida Gintautaite
Premiere - 2011 July 17
«The Tempest» can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Most often it is staged as a fairy tale for adults, a féerie, and has even been produced as an opera. However, I prefer the interpretation of Jan Kott who sees in «The Tempest» a social drama about the never-ending and absurd struggle for power. Upon a closer look, we see the drama of power and an individual. This drama is eternal. People used to be deported to desert islands at all times. Such islands for people «inconvenient» for the authorities used to be set up everywhere, and the Soviet Union was patched with vast areas of desert islands, which were home to the most remarkable creators. Each desert island was full of life, as in these zones of deportation dissident attempts to protect one’s spiritual life were made. Books had a special meaning for Prospero on the desert island, like in Soviet life books also provided a possibility to maintain spiritual resistance. Miranda interests me the most in this play. She is most often regarded as a naïve princess, though she has been created by Prospero, she is Prospero’s soul. Eventually, in deportation to desert islands creators still used to raise their Mirandas.
Oskaras Korsunovas is one of the most famous and significant young directors in Europe. He studied under Jonas Vaitkus in Lithuanian Music Academy, where he has been teaching since 1997.
In 1999 he founded his own theatre - Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre (now - OCT / Vilnius City Theatre), where he began to stage new dramaturgy, which at that time was hardly presented on the Lithuanian stage. Theatre performances were shown in Estonia, Russia, Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Australia, England, France, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Argentina, Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Venezuela, USA ...
Oskaras Korsunovas has won the awards of festivals in Edinburgh, in Torun, St. Petersburg, Riga, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Lithuanian national theatre awards. The performances of the theatre were included several times in the basic program of Avignon Festival.
In 2001 Korsunovas was awarded one of Europe's most prestigious Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities, and in 2009 he was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (France).