The Second “Splendours and Miseries of the Schengen Zone” Play
“Our past is like a magnifying glass through which we perceive the present. Where do we come from? Where are we now? Every person has his or her individual history that dissolves when someone tries to break it down into some abstract categories. This is how nations, countries, and unions are created. A little girl who loves to dream and an old and worn out talisman invite us to the parabola of the contrasts and contradictions of the common life. The emergence of freedom makes communication impossible, as words that are spoken are never fulfilled, and all moves have to be concealed from everybody else.
When all goes awry, the idea of a better place, the Promised Land, is sold to us, again and again. Happiness and Miseries offer experience of the excellent illusion of democracy of participation,” the creative group says in describing the play.
“Happiness and Miseries” is a democracy simulator where the audience becomes an active participant in the performance.
Cast: Lolita Cauka, Daiga Gaismiņa, Marta Grase, Katrīna Albuže, Kaspars Aniņš, Artis Drozdovs, Kristaps Ķeselis and Voldemārs Šoriņš. Also participating: Emīls Dārziņš Mixed Choir and pianist Uģis Krišjānis.
“The Splendours and Miseries of the Schengen Zone” is a joint project of the Latvian National Theatre and the “Riga 2014” foundation. The project includes four plays: “To Catch RABIT” directed by Julian Hetzel (Germany), “Happiness and Miseries” directed by Márcia Lança (Portugal), “Euro Vision” directed by Vidas Bareikis (Lithuania), and “Republica” directed by “Kviss búmm bang” (Iceland).