Eimuntas Nekrošius, the great Lithuanian theater director, died in Vilnius on November 20 on the day before his 66th birthday. He was loved and revered by Russian theater-goers and theater-makers. He was one of the masters whose achievement made possible and inspired the current golden age of the Russian drama theater.
Between the mid-1990s and 2016, I saw five of Nekrošius’s productions. Unfortunately, I can’t write sensibly about the theater: few people can without making the director and the show seem ridiculous. There’s still no substitute for seeing the performance or at least a decent video recording. I’ve seen obituaries for the Lithuanian master in pretty much every Continental language but I believe that few of them come close to explaining why his work had deep and lasting value.