Goodbye To All That

…as the excellent Joan Didion said, in vastly different circumstances. IMG_3320 Goodbye Vilnius… and hello Riga. Again. Tomorrow the Lithuanian contingent shows up, and we curate a 2-country 3-language performance of the work that 40 people have generated over the past 12 days. Easy breezy…. Covergirl.

What We’re Doing The Other Half of The Time

13166109_1080476815328933_8677178216120778925_n13174149_1080477388662209_652697386204490611_n13092180_1080476588662289_2804334223960643481_n13131206_1080476838662264_969535864195383735_o The description in Latvian goes like: No 2. līdz 13. maijam Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija ar BAFF – Baltic-American Freedom Foundation un Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonds atbalstu rīko intensīvas dramaturģijas meistardarbnīcas dramaturģijas studentiem un jaunajiem profesionāļiem Rīgā un Viļņā. Darbnīcas vadīs ASV dramaturģes Anne Morgane (Anne G. Morgan) un Džena Silvermane (Jen Silverman), kas pārstāv Jūdžina O’Nīla teātra centru – aktīvāko un nozīmīgāko dramaturģijas attīstības organizāciju ASV.

Sad Panda Secedes

FullSizeRender-17 In honor of my new favorite neighborhood in Vilnius, Užupis. And I quote: The district has been popular with artists for some time, and has been compared to Montmartre in Paris…due to its bohemic and laissez-faire atmosphere. On April 1, 1997, the district declared itself an independent republic (The Republic of Užupis)…

Also notable are articles from the Constitution of Užupis:

Article 1: People have the right to live by the River Vilnelė, while the River Vilnelė has the right to flow past people.
Article 12: A dog has the right to be a dog.
Articles 16 People have the right to be happy.
Article 17 People have the right to be unhappy.

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Vilnius

…is on point. We got off the bus from Riga to find a small band of beautiful children playing American 90s covers on the street, but the way Joan Baez would have played them. FullSizeRender-6 I also discovered that I have a lot in common with the graffiti artists of Lithuania. FullSizeRender-5 Go here and see amazing international contemporary dance – Vilnius is a hub. FullSizeRender-7 When the sun goes down, all the attractive people start skateboarding around the ancient church. FullSizeRender-8 Time to move here and join the: FullSizeRender-9