The second week of September marks a uniquely important milestone: for the first time in history, the video recording of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre’s production shall be broadcasted on the popular music and culture channel MEZZO. What’s even more important is the fact that the production is “Der Prozess” – a ballet that was created by an exclusively Lithuanian team, including composer Mindaugas Urbaitis and choreographer Martynas Rimeikis.
The viewers of MEZZO may watch “Der Prozess” several times: at 8:30 p.m. on 10 September, 8:30 a.m. on 16 September, 12:30 noon on 21 September and 4:30 p.m. on 4 October.
Produced in 2017, “Der Prozess” has already visited the international contemporary and classical ballet festival “Dance Brno 2019” in Czech Republic during this summer and is currently preparing for a tour at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
In 2018 for this production composer M. Urbaitis and choreographer M. Rimeikis were bestowed “Golden Cross of the Stage” awards. Other members of the creative team include music director and conductor Modestas Barkauskas, author of electronic music fragments Marija Paškevičiūtė, set designer Marijus Jacovskis, costume designer Jurgita Jankutė, lighting designer Levas Kleinas.
MEZZO will be broadcasting the premiere performance that was filmed on 1 December 2017; on that evening the cast included Jeronimas Krivickas as Josef K., Anastasija Čumakova as Fräulein Bürstner, Olesia Šaitanova as Lennie, Daniel Dolan and Stanislav Semianiura as Guards, Marius Miliauskas as the Priest, Mantas Daraškevičius as Uncle, Urtė Bareišytė as Janitress, Gediminas Švendravičius as Court Officer, Jonas Laucius as Lawyer.
The performance was recorded by the creative team of national broadcaster LRT: director Laima Lingytė, editor Jonas Vilimas, operators Rimantas Miškelevičius, Egidijus Povilaitis, Giedrius Ilgūnas, Raimundas Razvadauskas, Sigitas Kazlauskas, Deivis Nutautas, sound engineer Ramojus Skirsgilas, montage director Justina Dovydaitytė, producer Nemira Poškienė.
On the stage of the LNOBT the nearest performances of “Der Prozess” are set for 29, 30 April 2020 and 10, 11 and 12 June. On 19, 20 and 21 September theatregoers also have a chance of seeing M. Rimeikis’ newest work, a one-act ballet “Days, Minutes”, which is part of the “Ballet Triptych”.