DILETTANTE
*Who dreamt of an Angel

KOSMOS THEATRE

May 28 7:30 pm Premiere
May 29 7:30pm
Escola Largo, Lisbon
As part of FIMFA Festival

Aa visual theatre performance immersing in the surreal world of Jean Cocteau's artistic work.

French writer Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) was a hardly fully comprehensible personality, whose dilettantism in different artistic fields flows out like fragments of a particularly rich poetic world - incomplete, imperfect, hasty, brave, resembling nothing else.

The performance freely improvises on motives from Jean Cocteau's printmaking and paintings, poems, novels “Opium”, “The White Paper”, theatre play “The Human Voice” and his films “Blood of the Poet”, “Orpheus' Testament” and his biography.

"The material for the performance becomes Cocteau himself, understanding him not just as an interdisciplinary artist, but also as an anthropomorphized montage of different media and disciplines. In this performance, all stage components are part of Cocteau's personality.

As a team we worked to find indirect connections, parallels, poetic paradoxes that would establish a symbolic relationship between themes, sounds, images, and symbols that have nothing to do with each other outside this surreal world. We were working on a small scale so that we could freely and equally combine media art, music, animation, acting, cinema, mechanized scenographic object, texts, puppets and object theatre, soundspace and other contemporary theatre instruments.
- Žilvinas Vingelis, director and dramaturg of the performance.

It is a one-act mono-performance created using the technical and creative solutions discovered during the five Kosmos LAB workshops that have taken place every year since 2019.

Working group
Director and dramaturg: Žilvinas Vingelis
On stage: Airida Gintautaitė
Designer: Neringa Keršulytė
Composer: Andrius Šiurys
Video artist: Tomas Stonys
Engineer: Deividas Dzikevičius
Lighting designer: Vilius Vilutis
Puppet choreographer: Eugenijus Slavinskas
Producer: Darius Vizbaras

Duration: 40 min 
Age recommendation: 12+
Language: mostly without without spoken words (French, English)
Tickets: FIMFA Festival

BIO
Kosmos Theatre is an independent company which focuses on combining classical theatre forms with achievements and technologies of contemporary science. Established in 2012, the creative team seeks for new artistic forms. By gathering young artists and bringing them creative and educational platforms the company started to push the limits with an aim of becoming a center of contemporary art experiments in Lithuania. Stepping in a new decade, from 2020 company is moving by a new KOSMOS manifesto created by artistic Director Žilvinas Vingelis and producer Darius Vizbaras.