Performance “Leftovers from the War” at the Corner House

Performance “Leftovers from the War” at the Corner House
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The international performing arts group show “Leftovers from the War” will be held at the Corner House at the end of May. The performance comprises the personal stories of four Nordic artists and is like an unusual tour through a historic building with live exhibits and ghosts of the past.

The dates for the performance “Leftovers from the War” in the courtyard of the Corner House: the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of May at 7 p.m. (in English).

The artists performing in the show were all born in a time separated from World War II by nearly two generations, but they are still in a sense ready to feel like survivors of that war, or in the designation they have chosen – “leftovers”. This global catastrophe which affected, more or less, every European nation and territory and thus forged links between them, serves as the main historical axis around which the authors’ messages about their families’ destinies revolve. The authors – the biological successors to their ancestors – also become the revitalisation and reincarnation of their historical memories.

Playwrights/actors: Nina Larissa Bassett (Denmark), Ivo Briedis (Latvia), Elin Patersdottir (Iceland), Janne Saarakkala (Finland).

To date, “Leftovers from the War” has been staged at the well-known Finnish National History Museum in Helsinki and the Odsherred County (Denmark) local history museum and its surroundings. Now it is the turn of the Corner House – a place with a much less institutionalised interpretation of history, but infinitely more authentic, a leftover of a bygone era yet to be processed by museums.

The performance is part of the “Riga 2014” project “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014”. The project will run until the 19th of October, presenting the main exhibition on the ground floor, “Tour of the Corner House” (admission free of charge), guided tours “In the KGB Basements”, and five exhibitions that interpret the relationships between the individual and the authorities from various standpoints: “(Re)construction of Friendship”, “A Latvian’s Suitcase”, “In Spite of All”, “Stories of People and Power in Ten Objects” and the Museum of Fateful Objects. The exhibitions at the Corner House were prepared by the “Riga 2014” foundation in collaboration with the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the association “Art Space”, the Exile Museum, Latvian Naïve Art Museum, culture and art project “NOASS”, the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, and SIA “Kinolats”.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme. Insurance company ERGO is the official insurer of the events and exhibitions at the Corner House.

Tickets – EUR 10, available from “Biļešu serviss” outlets and the Corner House box office

For more information, visit http://riga2014.org/eng/news/40757-kgb-building

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