#AHAMOMENT: PAULINA ABOUT THEATER

An event or the moment appears and disappears, but later on the memory keeps coming back and disturb the peace of further events, said Vytautas Berenis. After all, that is why history is so important. We cannot forget. We have the power of remembrance and many forms to reveal it. Our team member Paulina Urbelytė shares her inspiration.

One of the art forms representing historical events – theater. He uses live communication. Theater as a media for the dissemination of historical memory, seeks to affect human consciousness, revive memories, or restore inexperienced experiences. Specific example: a historical incident – the Holocaust; performance – Yana Ross „Our Class“, which is based on the form of critical memory. There we can discover a „speechless generation“ that has made every effort to forget and cope with survived historical events. Certain show elements to make theme more appealing to the widest possible audience. The image of the circus that emerges during the performance when questioning about the crimes committed, children`s songs sung after tragic events and similar directorial decisions reinforce the audience`s critical view of history. The form of critical memory has the potential to encourage the viewer not to resist to sentiments, turn to painful historical events and look critically not only from one the victim, perspective. This is where the power of theater serves to recreate events, to use live communication, conveying the action not only by facts, images, but also by sound, smells or other ways invented by the director. Theater – giving form to something that simple language cannot reveal. This is why critical forms of memory make theater even clearer and more accessible. Tells of what people often do not want to hear and remember or what historiographical sources are unable to capture. A brief look at the relationship between theater and historical memory makes it clear that this form of communication with viewers is exceptional with more advantages that, for example scientific-historical sources. The theater reminds, disturbs the peace of those who have attended a performance that seeks to raise discussion and revive memories or recreate inexperienced but historically known events.