ConTempo 2020: KAFKA INSOMNIA | Dir. Ž. Vingelis | PREMIER

ConTempo 2020: KAFKA INSOMNIA | Dir. Ž. Vingelis | PREMIER


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Visual live music performance


Director: Žilvinas Vingelis

Composer: Andrius Šiurys

Designer: Paulina Simutytė

Video projections: Kornelijus Jaroševičius

Actors: Gytis Laskovas, Balys Ivanauskas and Paulina Simutytė

Live music: saxophone Danielius Pancerovas, guitar Justinas Žilys

Performance is a co-production of visual experimental theatre KOSMOS THEATRE and Kaunas Chamber theatre.


Performance is in Lithuanian with no English translation


October 2. Sleepless night. For the third time in a row. I fall asleep quickly, but after an hour I wake up as if I had inserted my head into a missing hole. From then on, all night until five, you are asleep, but at the same time vivid dreams keep you from falling asleep. Formally, I am asleep beside myself, and at the time I have to struggle with dreams.” (Diaries, 1910-1923, Franz Kafka)“.


Visual live music performance for teens and adults KAFKA INSOMNIA tells a realistically dreamy story of a sleepless night by Czech writer Franc Kafka. Wakeful dreaming – is it a creative method, a lifestyle, a consequence of illness or the core reason of genius literature by Kafka? A dream created by insomnia and invading tangible reality, makes F. Kafka’s work conditional, full of unexpected images, extended feeling of time, premature absurd, existentialism or even surrealistic approach leading step by step with consistent descriptions, common in the school of realism.


Project initiator, composer Andrius Šiurys (awarded by Lithuanian composers union for the best Young Composer prize in 2020) was having and idea of musical performance by F. Kafka work for a long time. “About one and a half years ago I asked myself – on which artists background would I like to stand to create an audio-visual performance? Which artist, poet, composer do I agree with the most? And who are the people I would like to work with – to experiment, improvise and to dive where I wouldn’t dare to dive alone? I selected F. Kafka for his darkness and absurd. For a long time, I knew director’s Žilvinas personality and his creative style (I especially admire and respect his ability to connect different art forms and his surrealistic theatre speech). I didn‘t think twice – we needed to create this together. We have created several works together with Žilvinas, we analysed visual theatre genre practically and theoretically, dreamed about our experimental theatre. For him, music in a performance is a high priority. Also we have a similar point of view so I‘m happy that „KAFKA INSOMNIA“, thanks to quarantine, becomes the first performance of our new „KOSMOS THEATRE.


“Our team is very strong and various. Even though this is not our first work together, but it‘s the first time with such an open material and in such an experimental environment. In F. Kafka world everything stands still and no one has the right to move from the current point and at the same time there is more life in that point than we can manage. The literature raises the need for the organization of relative time on stage, the importance of image and atmosphere, and also offers new ways for stage montage. Humor and horror, action and stagnation, sound and silence are menacingly flirting here. I would have invited Andrius to search for this silence and sound, but he did it first. Creative process is not traditional. We let ourselves start from associations, rather than from the text and from intuition, rather than narrative. I believe that this performance will be interested to the traditional theatre audiences and to young people who do not admire long monologs and palace intrigues,“ – says performance director Žilvinas Vingelis.


KAFKA INSOMNIA – a performance of images, sounds and media, based on “KOSMOS MANIFEST” released in March, 2020. With the help of acting, live electroacoustic music, video projections, contemporary object theatre and sound manipulation KOSMOS THEATRE creators will delve into the paranoid and enchanting atmosphere of the works of the legendary Czech author, the main peripetias of the writer’s life, the symptoms of insomnia, visual and audible hallucinations, and at the same time seek the boundaries of a never-ending Kafka’s world.


ConTempo - International performing arts festival happening in Kaunas and Kaunas district on 18-23 August.

The festival, initiated by “Kaunas – European Capital for Culture 2022”, organised in Kaunas and Kaunas district, Lithuania since 2019. As suggested by the name, ConTempo festival is a part of Kaunas journey from temporary to contemporary capital. Festival is programmed with thoroughly selected artists and pieces of contemporary performing arts from local and international stages.

ConTempo programme: | Information:

The festival is presented by Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022, organized by Kultūros Platforma and Lithuanian Dance Information Center, the festival is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.



Duration: 2 hours

Door opens before: 30 min.

Persons under 7 years of age are not admitted.

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: NO.

Organizer: Kauno miesto kamerinis teatras

More information: Tel.: 861262226.

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