On Aircraft and Aleksandras
Puppetry play for children and their families
The performance tells the story of Aleksandr Hryszkiewicz, the pioneer of Lithuanian aviation, constructor, philosopher, inventor, who lived in the first half of the 19th century, inviting us to reach for the sky and not to be afraid to achieve what seems impossible today.
“A. Griskevičius was a design freak – instead of working, earning money and enjoying life, he wanted to fly. But in the play, I am not only presenting the inventor’s story. I am telling the whole context of the development of aviation – from the very dawn of aviation to the flying machine constructed by Griškevičius – the Samogitian Steamcarriage. Innovations from the early 19th century look very steampunk now!” said Zubė, the director of the performance.
The play transforms the historical narrative into an allegory, which seeks to explore humankind’s desire to fly, to take to the skies and get away from earthly worries.
“This is not a play about specific events or aircraft, but about the idea – how not to lose hope, faith in your dream, and even if you lose it, you become fertiliser for those who continue your work. Even a burnt idea becomes the basis for further discoveries,” said the director.
"The performance becomes not only an aesthetic value, but also a theatrical lesson on the subject of aviation and a beautiful incentive to never betray or give up even the craziest of your dreams."– Jūratė Grigaitienė, Durys.