The program of contemporary theatre ‘forte forte. Needcompany’


Contemporary theatre programme "forte forte" brings Flemish artist Jan Lauwers and "Needcompany" performance "Isabella's Room" to Riga this March. Since the mid-1980s Lauwers and his theatre company have been known for their unique theatrical language that defies the boundaries between theatre, dance, concert, performance and visual arts. The concept of "Isabella's Room" was conceived when Lauwers inherited 5,800 artefacts from his father, an amateur archaeologist and anthropologist, and decided to use them in the performance where nine actors, dancers and musicians, led by the remarkable Viviane De Muynck, reveal the secret of Isabella's room. Jan Lauwers said the following about "Isabella's Room": "The reason for this performance was deeply personal - it was my father's death. Much like himself, Isabella's life spans almost the entire 20th century: World War I and II, Hiroshima, the colonial period, the development of modern art, travel to the moon, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, poverty and famine in Africa, the rise of radical political developments in Europe."

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 19.03.2014 17:00

Ends: 19.03.2014 22:00


  • International expo in Ķīpsala

Form of event:

  • Show

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

The contemporary theatre programme “forte forte” is a year-long series of performances staged by Europe's leading theatre directors. The “forte forte” performances are united by a set of themes that centre on relationships between the individual and power, normal and abnormal, personality and the masses, relationships between people, set against the backdrop of major historic events, albeit in routine contexts. Such theatre artists as Alvis Hermanis, Jan Lauwers and “Needcompany”, Alain Platel and “Les ballets C de la B”, and “Rimini Protokoll” have been the guests of the programme in 2014.

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