JAMES BALDWIN “SONNY’S BLUES”

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“We share common historical experiences and a sense of humor – as a means of defense against giving up our fight for dignity; we skillfully read metaphors in the nexus of our woes, fears and anxieties; we have a penchant for using allegory – this antidote to authoritarian inclinations of the powers that be… all powers!” 

Performances is based on contemporary drama piece written by Ž. Vingelis (2017 m.) created on James Baldwin novel „Sonny’s Blues“ motives. As Lithuania suffers from growing alienation, educational issues, social neglection of youngsters to choose an artist’s career a rising director Žilvinas Vingelis (awarded with a best directing debut in 2017) with best young jazz performer Mantvydas  (Vilnius Jazz Young Power award for best band and best standards interpretation 2017) gathered together to find an artistic approach to tell us a story of two brothers. Sonny choose to be a free-will artist. His brother lived a stereotypical lifestyle- a family, a house a 9 to 5 work. To unlock theirs psychoanalytical being the creative team colored their struggling relationship with surrealistic theatrical speech and energetic live professional music and sound manipulations. 

“Sonny’s Blues” is a live music, dramatic acting, electronic music and sound manipulation theatrical collage. Creators seeks to research effects of music, memories, unconscious mind and dreams of our lives. The main goal of this performance is to ask ourselves: does the righter path of lifestyle exists?

“Sonny’s blues” will transfer us to a middle-aged secondary school teachers mind. Dovydas Stončius (Sonny‘s brother) will travel throughout his memories and together with Matas Pranskevičius (Sonny) will try to solve a never ending brotherhood relationship. Meanwhile Sonny's jazz band will provoke spectators to look at their memories and question the truth of their reality. Video artist Kornelijus Jaroševičius together with Nidas Kaniušas will take us to Harlem's jazz club.  

Sonny’s Jazz Band has performed in the main jazz festivals in Lithuania such as „Vilnius Mama Jazz“, „Kaunas Jazz“, „Peronas Jazz“. Furthermore they have been awarded as the best youngest jazz talents in „Vilnius Jazz Young Power“ winning the „Grand Prix“. The bands leader Mantvydas Pranulis is not only awarded as the best jazz performer and best jazz interpretation in “Vilnius Jazz Young Power” but also is a great composer and works in various jazz, electronic music, theatre, cinema and educational projects. 

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Director, scriptwriter and stage designer: Žilvinas Vingelis  
Costume design: Dovilė Gecaitė 
Composer/ music consultant: Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis  
Actors: Dovydas Stončius,

Matas Pranskevičius, Inga Šepetkaitė. 
Sonny’s jazz group:

Kazimieras Jušinskas (saxophone), Arminas Bižys (saxophone),

Ignas Kasikauskas (drums), Dominykas Norkūnas (guitar),

Aurelijus Užameckis (Double-bass), Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis (piano) 
Sound design: Algirdas Janonis 
Video projections: Kornelijus Jaroševičius, Nidas Kaniušas; 
Sound director: Algirdas Drėma 
Light design: Anupras Jucius 
Masks design: Rūta Jankevičiūtė 

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