From June 24 till June 26 the transcultural theatre festival POSTWEST, organized by Volksbühne theatre in Berlin, will present online new works by theatre makers from Eastern Europe. Among them are 3 pieces by Latvian artists: “Tanya’s Birthday. Berlin” by Mārtiņš Eihe and Arnita Jaunsubrēna (produced by Ģertrūdes ielas teātris), “Cannon Fodder” by Russian director Dmitriy Volkostrelov with Latvian performers Anta Aizupe, Jana Jacuka and Inese Pudža (produced by Ģertrūdes ielas teātris and Katlz) and “Looks Like You’re Going To Die” by Kate Krolle and Valters Sīlis (produced by New Theatre Institute of Latvia and Dirty Deal Teatro).
Originally planned to take place over a period of one week in May 2020, the transcultural theatre festival POSTWEST will now use the virtual space to share ideas across borders during the three days in June. The original twelve productions are now replaced by digital contributions: online live performances, videos on demand, audio performances, meetings with the festival artists, discussions on international collaboration, talk with Baltic theatre makers and a DJ set by legendary Latvian dj Jānis Krauklis.
All festival events online are free of charge and available any time during 24-26 June, except for the live events where starting time is indicated in the schedule.
POSTWEST programme is available on festival website: http://postwest.volksbuehne.berlin/en/programme/.
“Tanya’s Birthday. Berlin” (in English with Russian, Latvian and German parts) will be live-streamed on 25 June at 16.00 and 20.00 Berlin time.
A point of convergence in European history—the year 1989, or more specifically, the period between the Baltic Way and the fall of the Berlin Wall—serves as the point of departure for the production Tanya’s Birthday. Berlin. The Baltic Way not only impacted the Baltic states, but the history and future of the whole of Eastern Europe, while the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolically opened up the border between East and West in a cultural as well as a geopolitical sense. The creative team behind this production explores the mark left by these two historical events and analyzes the interconnections between them from artists’ perspectives as witnesses of their time.
The performance is set in and takes place like a virtual birthday party. The spectators assume the roles of friends and family. As the actors address all those gathered and begin telling stories, they gradually reveal the many ambiguous and multifaceted life stories that have shaped their extended family.
For the online performance, please have bananas as well as snacks and drinks of your choice ready to toast Tanya together with all guests and spend an exuberant evening with her.
Director: Mārtiņš Eihe
Dramaturgy: Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Degna Martens
Design: Ieva Kauliņa
Producer: Maija Pavlova
Technical assistance sound, light, video: Dina Beinare, Normunds Balodis
Director’s assistance: Charlotte Garraway
With: Mārtiņš Eihe, Charlotte Garraway, Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Daniel Nerlich, Juta Vanaga
Coproduction between Ģertrūdes ielas teātris and Volksbühne Berlin. Created as part of Latvia’s Centenary Programme. Funded by State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.
“Cannon Fodder” (in Russian, Latvian and English with German and English subtitles)
Today we live in a world where any of us can become “cannon fodder.” And in fact, some of us have already become it. And it’s not as if it was somehow different before. No, it was about the same. But it is only now that we have fully—and irrevocably—grasped this. The entropy that haunts us and is part of us is inevitable. It is a law of physics. It is unconditional. Nonetheless, can we overcome this law, can we inhale and exhale, can we hear the sound of the wind following our breath? Can we reduce the amount of entropy in this world? Perhaps not. But we must. Stop being cannon fodder.
Director, Stage Design: Dmitriy Volkostrelov
Playwright: Pavel Pryazhko
Assistant of director and stage designer: Alena Starostina
Creative Producer: Evgenia Shermeneva
Light Design: Andrejs Jarovojs
Translation into English: Alexander Vartanov
Translation into Latvian: Arvis Viguls
Executive producer: Andra Treibaha
With: Anta Aizupe, Jana Jacuka, Inese Pudzha
A coproduction between Gertrudes ielas teatris and Volksbühne Berlin. In cooperation with Gertrudes ielas teatris and Maija Pavlova. Supported by One Wolf, SNOB, Pastaiga
Mobile technologies to support live stream is provided by Tele2.
“Looks Like You’re Going To Die” by Valters Sīlis and Kate Krolle which premiered on stage in Riga, will be presented as an audio walk for POSTWEST audiences. Leaving behind their usual roles of theatre director and visual artist, Valters and Kate create an intimate encounter that reflects on the complexity and beauty of everyday living and the fragility of creation. Devised as a 45 minute individual audio walk In English that can be taken any time of the day. Guided by the voices and stories of Kate and Valters, Looks Like You’re Going To Die will take you on a wandering through the mind, memories, and different European cities.
Director, Text, Dramaturgy: Kate Krolle, Valters Sīlis
Composition: Arvīds Saulītis
Translation: Andris Kuprišs
With: Kate Krolle, Valters Sīlis
A coproduction between New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Dirty Deal teatro and Volksbühne Berlin. Funded by the Baltic Culture Fund and the State Culture Capital Foundation.