Paul Claudel. THE TIDINGS BROUGHT TO MARY Premiere

  • Director

    Jonas VAITKUS

  • Duration

    3 h (two acts)

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Premiere date

    October 29, 2016

  • N-14

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◊ 2016 National Theatre Awards. Best Video Designer – Rimas Sakalauskas 

Performance staged in cooperation with Lithuania's Russian Drama Theatre

Translation from French by Genovaitė Dručkutė

Jonas Vaitkus: In “The Tidings Brought to Mary”, it is individuals who have to power to act. We can see human beings who clearly live and act. We witness the results of the interaction of these individuals with their lives.

When a human being is fed up with junk, and the body no longer accepts the “food” for perceptions, he or she tends to stop. Sometimes it’s the body that gives a sign, a failure or illness, but only when a crisis strikes, we are in a position to take this lesson. And only then should one start examining works like “The Tidings Brought to Mary”.  

Every person in his or her life encounters the moments of enlightenment. Sometimes we don’t take them seriously as we think it’s some kind of misunderstanding or getting off the track. But enlightenment isn’t necessarily accompanied by a glow. It’s a return to ephemerality, fragility and at the same time to universality and timelessness. If a person is attracted by these ideas, they start feeling, being alive, which means they can conceive their place in this world.

Every woman who understands what a birth of a child is, who can feel and apprehend with her brain and her heart what makes her strong and what is her importance in this life, in the line of vitality, every woman can be compared to Mary.

Claudel has a strong vision. It’s obvious that theatre is very important to him. In the drama, there are many clichés, yet he is not afraid to use them. Clichés can work in a powerful way, if they are used in a lively and clear manner. IN any case, we still use the same words: “love”, “hate”, “anger”. But the most important thing is the context in which these words are pronounced.

Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature in six different years.

As an eighteen-year old, Claudel experienced two major life-changing events: he discovered the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud and religion, an enormously strong feeling connecting him to God, once and forever (on December 25, 1886, he was taking part in the Christmas celebration and the religious conversion happened during an evening mass, as the children’s choir was singing “Magnificat”). After that, the most important thematical line of all works produced by Claudel, was salvation (le salut), which determined the unity of his poetry and faith.

 

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