Oskaras Koršunovas

FunctionsDirector, Theatre director
NationalityLithuanian
GenderMale

About Oskaras Koršunovas

Oskaras Koršunovas (born 1969) is a director and artistic director from Vilnius, Lithuania.

Oskaras Koršunovas directed and was nominated for The Hedda Award 2003 in the best direction category for Winter by Jon Fosse, produced by The Torshov Theatre in 2003. He also directed These Eyee, also by Jon Fosse, for Rogaland Theatre in 2008. These Eyes was nominated for The Hedda Award in the theatre event of the year category in 2009.

Oskaras Koršunovas won the Hedda Award 2013 in the best direction category, for Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, The Torshov Theatre, The National Theatre.

The Hedda jury gave the following reason:

"If the aim is to shorten a text, starting with the end is not a bad idea. Then the middle is likely shortened. If the final scene is also already known by most, one ought to ask a loud and clear "Why?" and "How?" at the start of the performance, to get it started. The direction by this award winner does just that, and follows it up through excavating the demons of the antihero with excellent drive and a seductive expression. The characters are devilishly multi-coloured, and manage to be highlights of themselves because they together circle the main character in the maelstrom continuously threatening to sink the boat. In this amazing whirlwind of a performance there are quiet moments, in the eye of the hurricane, in the centre, too. There, nobody is at home, as it has been; our man has no core, he is not able to recognise love. We get something to reflect upon, but we are very happy for this rich reminder! This year's award for best direction goes to Oskaras Koršunovas."

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    When Oskaras Koršunovas was 20 years old, he was given the responsibility for the first of his many productions at the Lithuanian national theatre, and with support from the Lithuanian ministry of culture he founded his own company in 1999,OKT or Oskaras Koršunovas Theater, with emphasis on contemporary drama as well as classics.

    He has been visiting Norway, Poland, Sweden and Berlin as an instructor, and visited The Torshov Theatre for the first time in 2001. At the time he staged We Are Not Cookies.

    Among his more recent productions produced in or visiting Norway are Hamlet (performed as a visiting performance at Rogaland Theatre 2008) and Peer Gynt (The Torshov Theatre 2012).

    Sources:

    Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2003, www.sceneweb.no, 24.10.2012, http://www.sceneweb.no/en/awarding/23886/The_Hedda_Award_2003-2003

    The Hedda Awards, heddaprisen.no, 10.06.2013, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1176

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