Sutartinės meets Flamenco


It’s a theatrical musical story about a meeting between Flamenco and Sutartines, love, nuptials, honeymoon and all that was born out of it.

Sutartines is a specially important cultural phenomenon, the core of the Lithuanian identity, revealing the magic behind the power of monotony, and ability to survive and persevere under any conditions. Sutartines’s system of musical reasoning displays its archaic nature. According to professor D. Vyčinienė, the book author on Sutartines, the reason Sutartines withstood the test of time is due to its remarkably eclectic range of ways to perform them but also a broad scale of esthetical valuation: from comparing sutartines to howling of the wolves to being fascinated by their demonic power, motoric precision and the sound, as well as sounding close to the poetical bird’s – the swan, – “toot”…

Flamenco is at the heart of Southern Spain’s Andalusian culture, connecting the singing, dancing and the guitar. The natural blend of Romani, Christian, Arabic, Sephardic, African, South American, and the local Spanish indigenous cultures played a role in developing the art of Flamenco. Even though Flamenco is a product of cultural blend of artistic expression from many nations, it has its own authentic features as well. Flamenco’s historic code creates an opportunity for people of any nation to find a fraction of self. The art grew, developed and spread by rail, river and road that connected the cities of ancient southern Spain. It is a dynamic reflection of every city’s culture. Flamenco melodies encompass the sound of not only obscure authors but also Spanish poets such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Augusto Ferran, Manuel Machado and others.

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Sutartines and flamenco are enormously contrasting forms of expression of ethnic traditions and to a rational mind they do not fit, however, quite the opposite is true. Due to their unique differences they actually complement each other by exposing the hidden links, the beauty and richness of both cultures.

It is a performance of continuous movement and flow of inevitable interconnection.

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Author and director is an actress and singer Brigita Bublytė. Renown in the arts of music, theater and film. Brigita collaborated with famous Lithuanian artists such as Eimantas Nekrošius, Vladimiras Čekasinas, Jonas Vaitkus, Petras Geniušas, Oskaras Koršunovas, Elvyra Kriaučiūnaitė and others, she has also participated in many international projects through which she had opened the way of her individual creativity.

When Brigita Bublytė traveled to Spain in 2008, she was seeking for creative inspiration that would sit close to her heart. Following her travels and study in Spain Brigita became the first Lithuanian “initiate” to introduce Lithuania to the secrets of cante jondo (flamenco singing style). Her new outlook have also provided the ability to gain new insights from the layers of her own culture in a global context.

Duration: 108 min.


Participants


Flamenco artists:

Javier Gomez (guitar, Spain)
Vicente Gelo (cante, Spain)
Yamuna Henriques (baile, Germany/Portugal)
Gabriel Aragu (baile, Chile)

Students of LMTA Theatre and cinema faculty (director O.Koršunovas): Gailė Butvilaitė, Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė, Kamilė Petruškevičiūtė, Augustė Pociūtė, Inga Šepetkaitė, Ugnė Šiaučiūnaitė, Paulina Taujanskaitė, Viktorija Žukauskaitė, Karolis Ajauskas, Martynas Ališauskas, Jonas Braškys, Petras Šimonis, Laurynas Jurgelis, Lukas Malinauskas, Eimantas Pakalka, Oskar Vygonovski, Artiom Rybakov.

The folk ensemble „Ūtara“: Lilija Milašienė, Jolanta Vaišvilienė, Rūta Aladavičienė, Aušra Antanavičienė

Director: Brigita Bublytė
Costume designer: Daiva Samajauskaitė
Choreographer: Sigita Juraškaitė
Lighting director: Vilius Vilutis
Sound director: Virginijus Bagdzevičius
Designer: Mykolas Budraitis


Repertoire


19th of February, 2015, 18:00, Kaunas national drama theatre, Laisvės ave. 71, Kaunas. Tickets available online tiketa and at the premises.

20th of February, 2015, 18:00, Anykščiai arts incubator, J. Biliūno str. 53, Anykščiai. Tickets available only at the premises.

21st of February, 2015, 19:00, Russian drama theatre of Lithuania, J. Basanavičiaus str. 13, Vilnius. Tickets available online tiketa and at the premises.