The idea of this project was born in the Netherlands at Theater Na de Dam in Amsterdam. For many years now, its authors have been meaningfully involving young people in conversations about the commemoration of the Second world and the meaning of the history today. The idea of this project is simple – young people meet with witnesses of the Second World War and listen to their stories. These meetings become an inspiration for the theatre performance that young people make together with a theatre-maker. This is how the performance is born – a performance in public spaces, involving the residents of the city in a meaningful conversation about local history and how this history reflects on today’s life and society. The global pandemic has also affected the festival project – one of its Dutch directors, Jelle Zijlstra, is participating in the project in a virtual way. But the enthusiasm of Kaunas youth inspires. These young people will present a theatrical narrative about the lessons they took from those stories.
Kaunas 2022 Stories of Life Interrupted: the Youth Talks About War. Storytelling performance
Director Rokas Bertulis, dancer Greta Bernotaitė
About the director. Rokas Bertulis is an actor who graduated from the film and theater acting program at Vytautas Magnus University. His acting experiences are mostly related to children. He played in performances for children, worked in children’s camps, where he realized that working with youth is full of meaning. Currently, his focus is on working with children and adolescents.