“forte forte” continues; conversations about Alvis Hermanis' theater

“forte forte” continues; conversations about Alvis Hermanis' theater
Kaspars Garda, Rīga 2014 . Director Alvis Hermanis
“Burgtheater Wien” with the production of “Fathers” continues the “Riga 2014” contemporary theater programme “forte forte”, dedicated to Latvian director Alvis Hermanis. Two conversations about the famous director’s work and methods will be held as well, which will be broadcast in real time on this website.

The play "Fathers", featuring actors Gundars Āboliņš, Juris Baratinskis and Oliver Stokowski, takes place at the film studio "Rīgas kinostudija" on 30 and 31 January and on 1 February, at 19:00 pm. Tickets to all three performances are sold-out.

On 31 January and on 1 February, we will provide real time broadcast of conversations about Alvis Hermanis theater on the website. Directors of theatre festivals and houses, theatre academics, critics, dramatists, actors and set designers from different European countries, who have studied the theatre of Alvis Hermanis or participated in its creation, will converse in the small hall of the New Riga Theatre. The conversation between Gints Grūbe and Alvis Hermanis will take place on the morning of 1 February.

The website will feature these real time broadcasts on Friday, 31 January, from 11.00 am till 16.00 pm and on Saturday, 1 February, from 10.00 am till 17.30 pm. Translations in German and English will be available as well.

Friday, 31 January

11.00 am - 13.00 pm

Context. The conversation includes Tilmann Broszat, Munich, the Director of the theatre festival “Spielart”, Valda Čakare, Riga, theater scientist Audronis Liuga, Vilnius, the Director of the Lithuanian National Theater, Margherita Mauro, London, playwright and theatre scholar. The conversation is hosted by Zane Kreicberga.

14.00 pm – 16.00 pm

Theory. Participants include Joe Kellehr, London, the Professor of Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University, theater academic, Constant Meijers, Amsterdam, editor-in-chief of the theatre magazine "Theatermaker", Normunds Naumanis, Riga, theatre critic, Kalina Stefanova, Sofia, theatre academic and critic. The conversation is hosted by Toms Treibergs.

Saturday, 1 February

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Alvis Hermanis converses with Gints Grūbe.

11.00 am – 13.00 pm

Actor. Participants include actors Gundars Āboliņš, Riga, Markus John, Hamburg, Martin Reinke, Cologne, Oliver Stokowski, Vienna. The conversation is hosted by Matthias Knoll, Berlin.

14.00 pm – 16.00 pm

Story. Conversation includes, Ann-Marie Arioli, Wiesbaden, Director of theatre biennale "Neue Stucke aus Europa", Vilis Daudziņš, Riga, New Riga theatre actor, Andreas Erdmann, Vienna, playwright of Vienna Burgtheater, Munich, playwright at Residenztheater Götz Leineweber. Host of the conversation - Ilmārs Šlāpins.

16.00 pm – 17.30 pm

Space. Participants include set designers Monika Pormale and Kristīne Jurjāne from Riga, video artist - Ineta Sipunova, Riga. Conversation moderated by Edīte Tišheizere.


Conversations about the theater of Hermanis are part of the contemporary theater programme of the European Capital of Culture - "forte forte". The year-long programme presents productions of Europe's most significant directors. The frist week of "forte forte" honors director Alvis Hermanis. The second week of "forte forte" will take place from 15 till 23 March and it will honor Belgian director Jan Lauwers and "Needcompany".

The European Capital of Culture program is created by foundation "Rīga 2014" in cooperation with state, local municipality and non-governmental organizations, as well as creative unions and societies. The program is financed by the Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission. "Lattelecom" is the partner of the "Rīga 2014" programme, also providing technical support.


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