Polish theatre director receives Lithuanian distinction

Polish theatre director Lukasz Twarkowski has been granted the highest Lithuanian theatrical distinction for the performance "Lokis," staged at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.

Twarkowski received the Golden Cross of the Stage during a ceremony in Kaunas on World Theatre Day on Tuesday.

"Lokis" won the biggest number of awards, with Twarkowski obtaining a best director prize, Airida Gintautaite a best actress in a leading role prize, Vainius Sodeika a best actor in a supporting role prize, and Jakub Lech a prize for audiovisual projections.

"Lokis" is based on the novel "Lokis" by Prosper Merimee and biographies of two artists, namely, Bertrand Cantat, the lead singer of French rock group Noir Desir, who killed his lover, famous French actress Marie Trintignant, while on a short stay in Vilnius, and visionary Lithuanian photographer Vitas Luckus.

Last year, Twarkowski won the Golden Cross of the Stage for multi-media projections for the performance "Plac bohaterow" (Heroes' Square) directed by Krystian Lupa.

Twarkowski is a creator of multimedia performances combining theatre and visual arts.