Nekrošius in 2010
|Died||20 November 2018 (aged 65)|
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.
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.
- The Square (1980)
- Pirosmani, Pirosmani... (1981)
- Rock opera Love and Death in Verona by Sigitas Geda and Kęstutis Antanėlis’ (1982, renewed in 1996)
- Chinghiz Aitmatov's The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years (1983)
- Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1986)
- Nikolai Gogol's The Nose (1991)
- Little Tragedies by Aleksandr Pushkin
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1997) 
- Macbeth (2002)
- The Children of Rosenthal (2005)
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Faust (2006)
- The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (2009)
- Caligula by Albert Camus (2011)
- Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (2012)
- Paradise by Dante Alighieri (2013)
- The Book of Job based on The Old Testament (2014)
Awards and nominations
- 1994, Nekrošius received a special prize of the Lithuanian Theatre Union as the Best Director of the Year, and the Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, the Arts and Science for Aleksandr Pushkin's Little Tragedies (Mozart and Salieri. Don Juan. Plague) as the best theatre performance in the Baltic States.
- 1997, Nekrošius produced one of his most successful directions — Hamlet by William Shakespeare, starring Lithuanian music idol Andrius Mamontovas. The play took part in nearly all main European theatre festivals and received numerous awards including Lithuanian National Prize.
- 1997, Nekrošius received prestigious polish prize for directors — Konrad Swinarski Award of Teatr, polish theatre monthly journal — for Hamlet.
- November 2002, Nekrošius produced Giuseppe Verdi's opera Macbeth at Teatro Comunale Florence.
- In 2001, Nekrošius received the prestigious international Konstantin Stanislavski's award in Moscow.
- In 2005, he received the Herder Prize. In January 2008, Italian theater critics recognized Nekrošius' staged play Faust as the best foreign production in Italy and awarded UBU Prize, a third one in Nekrošius carrier.
- 2008, Nekrosius received the third Honorary Award of the 16th International Istanbul Theater Festival
- 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.
- "Известный литовский режиссёр Някрошюс умер за сутки до своего дня рождения". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
- 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.
- "Скончался великий литовский театральный режиссёр Эймунтас Някрошюс". Retrieved 2018-11-21.
- LRT.Italijoje įvertintas režisierius Nekrošius Archived 2008-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. National radio and television of Lithuania, Retrieved on 2008-01-18
- Recently directed plays and awards
- Review of play 'The Square' by The New York Times
- List of recorded performances
- Theatre Meno Fortas
- Recorded performance Pirosmani, Pirosmani...