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One-act performance inspired by the protest of Romas Kalanta

Ilgoji salė

March 12th – April 9th

Director: Jonas Tertelis
Playwright: Andrius Jevsejevas and Jonas Tertelis
Set and costume designer: Renata Valčik
Composer: Martynas Bialobžeskis
Light designer: Julius Kuršis
Actors: Motiejus Ivanauskas, Martyna Gedvilaitė, Goda Petkutė, Saulė Sakalauskaitė, Marius Karolis Gotbergas

Duration - 2 h

Kaunas Spring ’72 is a performance inspired by Romas Kalanta and the events that took place in mid-May 1972 in Kaunas when a young 19-year-old man set himself on fire in the City Garden as a protest against the Soviet regime. This act of self-sacrifice was followed by a wave of youth resistance against the Soviet government and power structures.

However, the creative team of the performance does not go back to the Soviet times; it does not try to reconstruct the events of the past and does not tell the story of Romas Kalanta either. In Kaunas Spring ’72, factual evidence overlaps with ingenuity and a modern look at the events of 1972 in Kaunas. The performance raises the question of how the act of the 19-year-old Romas Kalanta resonates in today’s society. It also aims to build a certain bridge of consciousness between today’s Lithuanian youth with their world perception and the possible feelings of a nineteen-year-old youth of that time, living in the environment formed by oppression, suspicions, and imposed social structure. The performance, based on the principle of co-creativity, analyses the moods, expectations, and tensions of the period called Kaunas Spring, while the story inspired by Kalanta and his supporters becomes a surreal fragment of the collective memory in the big picture of European and worldwide liberation movements.

Performance is part of the Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.

The Long Hall, Kęstučio str. 62, Kaunas

Duration - 2 hours

Recommended for 16+ 

Tuesday, den March. 12th 2024
Session 19:00
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Tuesday, den April. 9th 2024
Session 15:00
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