Eimuntas Nekrošius

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Eimuntas Nekrošius
Eimuntas Nekrosius by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Nekrošius in 2010
Born(1952-11-21)21 November 1952
Died20 November 2018(2018-11-20) (aged 65)
OccupationTheatre director
Years active1979-2018

Eimuntas Nekrošius (November 21, 1952 – November 20, 2018) was a Lithuanian theatre director.


Early life[edit]

Nekrošius was born in Pažobris village, Raseiniai district municipality, Lithuania on November 21, 1952.


In 1978, Nekrošius graduated from Lunacharsky Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow. After returning to Lithuania Nekrošius has been working in the Vilnius State Youth Theatre from 1978 until 1979. In 1979, he moved to the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, where he stayed for a year until 1980. 1980, he returned to Vilnius State Youth Theatre, where he staged series of notable plays. In 1998 he founded a theatre Meno fortas (Fortress of Art). From 2012 to 2013, E.Nekrošius worked as an art director in Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza. Just before his sudden death he was working on production of Edipo a Colono by Ruggero Cappuccio which was planned to be shown in Amphitheatre of Pompeii.

Between 1988 and 1992 he worked and staged performances in many countries - Austria, Yugoslavia, Italy, Finland, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Among the features characteristic to his plays are the soothing background music of a repetitive pattern throughout the performance, extensive use of dance and movement and unique props on stage, as well as an employment of natural substances as water, fire, wind, ice and stone. The length of a single performance often exceeds conventional viewing time since Nekrošius favours complex and challenging pieces to stage, such as the Song of Songs or The Seasons by Kristijonas Donelaitis. According to Nekrošius, a production, must not only speak, but it must do so on several levels, using multiple systems of meaning, in concert, to achieve a cumulative, unified effect.[1]


On November 20, 2018, one day shy of his 66th birthday, Nekrošius died in Vilnius, Lithuania after a heart attack at the age of 65.[2]

Notable plays[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Plays by Nekrošius were awarded diplomas of various theatre festivals in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and other countries. Nekrošius is a laureate of numerous state awards.


  • (In Lithuanian) Marcinkevičiūtė, R. (2002). Eimuntas Nekrošius. Vilnius: Scena. ISBN 9789986412205

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Patrick, Chura. "Reclaiming Shakespeare: Eimuntas Nekrošius's Lithuanian Othello". lituanus.org. Retrieved 21 November 2018. Explaining his art, Nekrošius has said that a theater director is required to know how to read the production vertically, like a musical arrangement. A production, Nekrošius believes, must not only speak, but it must do so on several levels, using multiple systems of meaning, in concert, to achieve a cumulative, unified effect. In this play, for example, a powerful musical score develops concurrently with an array of sound effects, extending the range of non-verbal auditory communication from director to audience. Italian critic Valentina Valentini, author of a book-length treatment of Nekrošius's work, has described this characteristic use of sound: In Nekrošius's theater, unspoken means of expression.
  2. ^ "Известный литовский режиссёр Някрошюс умер за сутки до своего дня рождения". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Ron (19 August 2001). "Theater; A 'Hamlet' in Which Pain Is No Metaphor". nytimes.com. Retrieved 21 November 2018. The inventive use of fire, ice, water and iron is characteristic of Mr. Nekrosius's directing style, particularly in his recent Shakespeare productions. Lithuania, where the director lives and creates his new works with his company, Meno Fortas (Fortress of Art), is a country with a rich history of pagan kings and traditions.
  4. ^ "Скончался великий литовский театральный режиссёр Эймунтас Някрошюс". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  5. ^ LRT.Italijoje įvertintas režisierius Nekrošius Archived 2008-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. National radio and television of Lithuania, Retrieved on 2008-01-18

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