The idea of the project is to find out why “The Robbers”, a play by Schiller, had such an important role in the history of Latvian theatre, and why Latvian riflemen chose to stage the play during the war. Commenting on the inspiration for the performance, director Viktors Jansons says: “While studying photographs of plays staged by the Riflemen during the First World War, my attention was captured by a picture of actors playing in “The Robbers” by Schiller. Why “The Robbers”, during a war? Also, “The Robbers” is the first play known to have been staged by Latvians. What is there so intriguing about this play?” The performance/dialogue “The Robbers in Three Revelations” features Viktors Jansons (Old Moor) involved in a dialogue with Reinis Suhanovs (playing both Moor’s sons, Karl and Franz), trying to find answers to these questions.
Thematic division: Freedom Street
Begins : 26.08.2014 16:00
- Jānis Akuraters Museum, O. Vācieša iela 6a
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The title for the project “Café Spleen or August 1914” at Jānis Akuraters Museum has been borrowed from “Café Spleen”, a short story by Akuraters about a “humane refuge” that artists-turned-riflemen have created in a sauna building where they meet in the evenings to talk about life and art “beyond” the war. During the project, “Café Spleen”, an army tent, will be set up in the museum’s garden to house various shows and performances about poets and artists at war, causality, and the connections between various periods in history.
Web address: http://riga2014.org/CAFESPLEEN