First Period in an Epoch. Magic Theatre – Only the Insane Allowed. Akuraters or Hesse?


The event/lecture “Magic Theatre – Only the Insane Allowed. Akuraters or Hesse?” will be an unusual interactive game staged a public performance. The event will combine comments on Herman Hesse’s “Steppenwolf” and Jānis Akuraters’ poetry readings, songs composed specifically for the event, and an exhibition of glass objects. The commentary will be by Viktors Jansons, the director of the performance. Juris Kulakovs will perform his songs set to poems of Jānis Akuraters. The event will centre on the split personality of the protagonist of Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf” to show the development of the personality of Jānis Akuraters.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 10.09.2014 16:00


  • Jānis Akuraters Museum, O. Vācieša iela 6a

Form of event:

  • Show
  • Action
  • Performance art

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

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.

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