The Hunger Master is one of Franz Kafka’s last stories, a summation of all his work, his ethical and aesthetic principles, and his outlook on life. It’s a story about an Artist, able to go without food for an incredibly long time and attract large audiences of admirers. Unfortunately, times and the tastes of the public change and the unsurpassable Hunger Master, even though he has reached the peak of his art, dies backstage at a circus alone, forgotten by everyone. Like all the works of the most famous Austrian writer of the 20th century, The Hunger Master is a very personal, subjective story revealing the most secret depths of the subconscious of the artist himself.
The production by Eimuntas Nekrošius is the result of the director’s and the actors’ improvisations on the theme of the story. The director is particularly demanding of himself in his work, as was Kafka, able to discover every meaningful thought, phrase, word, and not miss a single one, and who compellingly, openly, using theatrical means, immerses the actors in the very essence of the story and allows the spectators not so much to understand, but to feel with their very being what The Hunger Master experiences in his hours of glory, how he fights for his vision with the spectators who do not understand him and the impresario who manipulates him. As in the story, Nekrošius’s production has a large dose of self-irony, subtle intellectual humour, and as a result puts a smile on everyone’s face.
Viktorija Kuodytė, Vygandas Vadeiša, Vaidas Vilius,
Meno Fortas Theatre
language Lithuanian with Italian subtitles