NOTHING IS FOREVER: AMERICAN VIOLINIST AND LITHUANIAN DIRECTOR FOSTER DISCUSSION AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE
On December 10, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. American violinist and violist Karen Bentley Pollick and Lithuanian director Aiste Ptakauske will invite Lithuanian audiences to the Central Library of Vilnius City Municipality at Zirmunu 6, Vilnius, to take part in an artistic adventure dedicated to climate change and called Nothing is Forever.
Nothing is Forever is a part of the global Climate Change Theater Action – a series of worldwide readings and performances in support of the United Nations Paris Climate Conference taking place November 30 – December 11, 2015. The Climate Change Theater Action is intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change during the months of November and December 2015. A collection of short plays, poems and songs by 50 writers from all six livable continents has been made available to artists worldwide. Five works from this collection will be presented in Lithuanian in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 10, 2015: Hanami by Naomi Iizuka (USA), Mother by Chantal Bilodeau (USA/Canada), Gust (The Hurricane Song) by Greencard Wedding (USA), Prayer by Angella J. Emruwon (Uganda), and Finale by Kendra Fanconi (Canada). These dramatic dialogues will be framed by live violin and viola solos from “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt (Estonia), “Mont Ararat” by Dominique de Williencourt (France), “Careless Whisper” by Andrew Ridgeley (USA), and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” by Sholom Secunda (USA).
“I appreciate every chance to sustain and strengthen relationships with my inspiring colleagues whom I’ve been lucky to meet and work with in different parts of the world”, says director Aiste Ptakauske. “Nothing is Forever is a wonderful proof how an artist can be a part of the global community despite of all geopolitical distances. I’m very much looking forward to this opportunity to introduce to Lithuanian audiences new authors that are well known in their countries, but have not yet been produced in Lithuania”.
Aiste Ptakauske is an experience designer who successfully works across different media and continents. She published a collection of short stories, two novels, and a Lithuanian translation of Leonard Cohen’s novel Beautiful Losers, wrote scripts for theater, film, and television in Lithuania and abroad, directed site-specific concert opera Everardo II, King of Lithuania, and made Ethnic Kitchen, an internationally distinguished documentary about immigrant women in Lithuania.
Karen Bentley Pollick studied with Camilla Wicks in San Francisco, and with Yuval Yaron, Josef Gingold, and Rostislav Dubinsky at Indiana University, where she received both Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees in Violin Performance. Her recordings of original music include Electric Diamond, Angel, Konzerto and Succubus, and Ariel View, for which she has received three music awards from Just Plain Folks, including Best Instrumental Album and Best Song. Karen has toured with the New York Philharmonic, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and Barbra Streisand, and has recorded with the Dave Matthews Band and Evanescence as well as numerous film scores at Skywalker Ranch. A current resident of Vilnius, Karen says she’s mesmerized by the music tradition in Lithuania and dreams of playing a program consisting solely of works by Lithuanian composers.
“In my native California we’ve been very concerned with ecological issues since I was born”, Karen Bentley Pollick explains. “Nothing is Forever will present a variety of ethnicities and cultural traditions that are all concerned with the same issues of climate change. My hope is that Lithuanians will walk away from this presentation realizing that it truly is a small world after all and that we’re all in this together”.
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