23rd Festival 2013 / Programme

Main programme

Samstag 9. Nov. // 19.30 – 21.15 Uhr

Ab 14 Jahre


Jaunais Rīgas teātris (Neues Theater Riga), Riga



»Melnais piens«
(»Schwarze Milch«)    (Videoausschnitt  )


Text, Inszenierung, Bühnenbild und Kostüme:

Alvis Hermanis


Tomaso Albinoni


Krišjānis Stazdīts


Jana Čivžele, Elita Kļaviņa, Sandra Kļaviņa, Kristīne Krūze, Iveta Pole, Vilis Daudziņš

In lettischer Sprache mit deutscher Simultanübersetzung

Am 10. Nov., 14.30 Uhr, findet eine Podiumsdiskussion unter dem Titel »Prinzip Hoffnung« statt, bei der auf das Festivalmotto »Schwarze Milch« eingegangen wird.

A cow who has a spell cast on it by a wicked neighbour gives black milk. You can still drink it, they say. Changes in the countryside, the loss of idyll, closeness with nature, folk beliefs and the wisdom of simple people come up for discussion. The lifestyle of farmers has always been closely linked with their animals and their homeland. Today, the villages and farmyards are empty. This is about Latvia. Memories of Latvia.

Alvis Hermanis and the actors from Jaunais Rīgas teātris (New Riga Theatre) spent two years with research about rural areas. The piece »Melnais piens« (»Black milk«) is a collection of scenes full of beautiful, rough, touching, absurd as well as wicked stories about woman farmers who transform into cows. Latvia is a member of the European Union, whose conditions threaten the existence of rural life. The disappearance of the milk industry stands as a synonym for the dangers of our times, just like the symbolic title of the piece.

Alvis Hermanis was born in 1965 in Riga, where he also received his training as an actor. After completing his training in 1988, he worked as a performer in films and on stage. He began working at Jaunais Rīgas teātris in 1993 and became artistic director in 1997, a position he continues to hold. He is one of the most significant directors worldwide and his productions are regularly performed at international festivals throughout Europe, the USA and Canada as well as South Korea and New Zealand. He has directed in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Moskow, Vienna and Salzburg. At euro-scene Leipzig, he was a guest performer with »Tālāk« (»Further – By Gorki«) in 2004 and »Sonja« in 2010.

Uraufführung: 08.04.2010, Jaunais Rīgas teātris
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