SYNAESTHESIS: Why Does This Appear?

November 4, 19:00, Contemporary Art Centre

Dominykas Digimas, Kristijonas Dirsė – musical film „Why Does This Appear?“ with live performance (premiere, 2020) 

How does our memory work? Why do memories appear, and what is their real purpose? These themes are scrutinised by composer Dominykas Digimas and director Kristijonas Dirsė in a new musical film: “Why Does This Appear?” The basis of the script is the nine most vivid memories of seven characters of the film. However, this work’s narrative is built without words: only employing cinematic language and music that create nine silent scenes. Following the chain of memories, personal stories in the film are told and retold: every time mildly changing the emphasis of each memory. With the disappearing line between real and imaginary past experiences, the subjective nature of memory reveals itself. “Why Does This Appear?” is a film where the surreal world of silhouettes intertwines with a documentary: a kind of illusion whose actors are the performers of Vilnius contemporary music ensemble.

Vilniaus contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis:
Vytenis Gurstis (flute)
Artūras Kažimėkas (clarinet)
Diemantė Merkevičiūtė (violin)
Monika Kiknadzė (viola)
Arnas Kmieliauskas (cello)
Donatas Butkevičius (double bass)
Pranas Kentra (electric guitar)
Andrius Rekašius (percussion)
Marta Finkelštein (piano)
Conductor Karolis Variakojis

Creative team:
Dominykas Digimas (composer)
Kristijonas Dirsė (director and writer)
Linas Žiūra (cinematographer)
Random Heroes (scnography)
Morta Nakaitė (costume design)
Liucina Mackialo (producer)