An Afternoon with Čiurlionis
Join us in discovering Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911), a fascinating and multifaceted artist, a pioneer of abstract art in Europe . He was representative of the fin de siècle epoch epoch and contributed to the symbolism and art nouveau movements. During his short life he composed about 400 pieces of music and created about 300 paintings. One of the unique features of Čiurlionis’s work is a connection between musical forms and colour.
14:30-15:00 Čiurlionis for children.
The Lithuanian pianist Rokas Zubovas talks to children about Čiurlionis’s life and work.
15:00-16:00 Vignette workshop.
The participants will have an opportunity to look at Čiurlionis‘s vignettes and create their own by using ink and paper while Čiurlionis’s music is being played. Although the workshop is primarily designed for children, everyone is welcome to take part.
16:00-16:30 Local histories: Lithuanians in Notting Hill, Čiurlionis in London.
Talk by Romas Kinka
The pianists Rokas Zubovas, Sonata Zubovienė and Rimantas Vingras will present Čiurlionis’s piano works, as well as works by other composers, inspired by Čiurlionis. Čiurlionis’s pictures will be projected on a screen during the performance.
18:00-20:10 Film screening: Letters to Sofija.
Based on a true story, it is the love affair between the Lithuanian genius Čiurlionis and Sofija, the woman he adored.
Film director Robert Mullan and lead actor Rokas Zubovas (a great-grandson of Čiurlionis) will discuss the film with the audience.
The event is supported by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, London “Santara-Šviesa” Club, British-Lithuanian Society and Lighthouse Educational Centre.
Tickets: £10 also available at the door, £8 for students and pensioners. Children free of charge.
St John’s Notting Hill Church, Landsdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11 2NN