duration: 60' | language: Lithuanian without surtitles
author of idea and sound editing Arturas Bumšteinas | sound recording director Ramūnas Jasutis | video projection by Ervinas Gresevičius | sound engineer of the performance: Ignas Juzokas
participants: Darja Lyzenko, Daumantas Ciunis, Domas Raibys, Eglė Strackaitė-Kalendra, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Karolis Vyšniauskas, Kristina Agintaitė, Marija Simona Šimulynaitė, Marius Povilas Elijus Martynenko, Mindaugas Urbaitis, Rūta Junevičiūtė, Žilvinas Andriušis
premiere: April 17, 2018, Arts Printing House, Vilnius, 7th Contemporary Opera Festival NOA (New Opera Action)
“Olympian Machine” is a work for 12 voices, presented as a radiophonic sound installation consisting of 12 loudspeakers. During the recording, the participants of the piece were invited to the sound studio for one hour. Each individual was read a brief summary of Homer's “Iliad”, after which each participant was asked to comment on what (s)he remembered from the text that (s)he had heard. Various personal deviations from the text of “Iliad” were welcome, but not encouraged in any way, seeking to preserve the spontaneity of the subjective associations. This piece presents to the audience a polylogue of voices that review issues of history, memory, and communication.
“<...> In addition to every myth ever told, there is one more, the not nameable, untold one. The other, which keeps waving from the shadows, emerges only in the form of allusions, fragments, and coincidences, without anyone who would dare to tell it as a single story.” (Robert Calasso, “The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony”)
In 2019 Arturas Bumšteinas was awarded special prize for the innovative and original solutions at the Lithuanian professional theatre awards – “Borisas Dauguvietis Earring” for the integration of audible experiments into new theatre forms (for the performances “Olympian Machine” and “Bad Weather”).
supporters: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius City Municipality
partner: Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator
tickets: 7 € | tickets at the box offices of TIKETA (buy online)