Venue and date:
Budapest Operetta Theatre
2023. 06. 07., 19:00
Kaunas State Musical Theatre
Musical theatre

Silva (Die Csardasfürstin)

Venue and date:
Budapest Operetta Theatre
2023. 06. 07., 19:00
Kaunas State Musical Theatre
Imre Kalman - Leo Stein - Bela Jenbach
Rūta Bunikytė
Stage designer: 
Kotryna Daujotaitė
Costume designer: 
Kotryna Daujotaitė
Inga Briazkalovaitė
Chorus master: 
Rasa Vaitkevičiūtė
Lighting designer : 
Audrius Jankauskas
Assistants of the director : 
Greta Ganusauskaitė-Baranauskienė and Svetlana Gudukienė

The theme of love is always relevant, because it is a feeling that a person can experiences at any age, at any place. It is one of the most important conditions of our existence. Love is independent of epoch. There are no rules about how, when and what to love.

'Silva' is a very well-known operetta, which has been staged several times at the Kaunas State Musical Theater. Our audience already knows what is about and what to expect. In this 'Silva' production our goal was to tell the story of Silva in new way and to give the audience some unexpected moments. After all, even when we read the same books, we see them in different ways. It is a complex of our life experiences that unfolds through visualization. In this production our aim was more vividly reveal the life environment of the main characters. All these circumstances – what we do, who we communicate with, where we live - also creates us. While inviting you to take a look at the life of the operetta heroes, we also offer to get acquainted with their society. New characters, new little stories will be born here. Each shot (as in life) will not be one-dimensional. In the center – a couple in love, behind them – an old man reading newspaper, and in the distance - dozens of people running to work. It all depends on our point of concentration. Such is our 'Silva' - full of visible and invisible heroes, striving to find love in the dynamic life of 1935.

Sylvia Varescu – Marija Arutiunova
Edwin Valerheim – Andrius Apšega
Count Boni – Martynas Beinaris
Countess Stasi – Ingrida Kažemėkaitė
Feri von Kerekes – Raimondas Baranauskas
Miks – Žanas Voronovas
Anhilte Valerheim – Rita Preikšaitė
Leopold Valerheim – Gediminas Maciulevičius
Violeta Eggemberg – Laima Kuzmickaitė
Wilhelm Eggemberg – Dainius Bervingis
Rohnsdorff – Žygimantas Galinis
Notary – Martynas Stankevičius
Runtime: 170 min
Language: Lithuanian language with English subtitles
Acts: 2
Age limit: 14
The Director

Stage and artistic director Rūta Bunikytė is one of the most famous and productive creators of Lithuanian theatre of the young generation. She is called the queen of musicals, but also works with various other forms of stage art. And it doesn’t matter when the piece was written: it's much more important if its topic is relevant to today’s society.

'Directing is a profession for me. It’s not a social role or a convenient title. It is science, art and craft in one. Graduated from theatre director studies I dedicated my professional life to interdisciplinary pursuance. Collaboration between theatre and other art forms is my main creative playground. Since 2012 I direct shows at a musical theatre. With each work I aim at raising the bar for myself – this is the formula of my creative process. I believe that the unique nature of theatre art can expand into other ambitious and unconventional art forms. For me, staging is a quest, the architecture of an idea. The most important thing is to stay ambitious and to find the proper art expression' says Rūta Bunikytė.

'Die Csárdásfürstin' was the third operetta in the director’s creative path and the her first production in Kaunas state musical theatre.

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