Theatre Gertrudes ielas teatris is located at Gertrudes street 101a, in a courtyard house. It was built in 1954 to host Repair and Building Administration No. 2. In the traditions of the time, the Administration building was equipped with a 250 sq. metre large assembly hall, complete with a stage and Soviet era Empire style decorations. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991 the Administration was shut down, the building became private property and the hall served various functions: a book distributor, later a photo studio and a dance studio.
In the fall of 2009, while searching for a space for the performance “Männersache”, Association “TARBA” responded to an advertisement that offered to rent out the hall. The success of the production and the audience reception encouraged us to think about what comes next- the creation of a new theatre. Producer Maija Pavlova and director Andrejs Jarovojs from theatre company “United Intimacy” were joined by other active independent artists and creative teams- Varis Klausitajs’ Drawing Theatre”, Krista Burane’s and Martins Eihe’s Association “Nomadi”, Elina Gaitjukeviča’s and Sintija Silina’s “Dance Anatomy”, and up-and-coming directors Karlis Krumins and Valters Silis- and thus Theatre Gertrudes ielas teatris was born.
For now, the hall at Gertrudes street 101a has gone from hosting events to becoming one of the most influential independent theatres in Latvia and affecting change in the country’s theatre system. In this time GIT has produced and co-produced 48 new productions and held guest performances in 17 countries. At the moment Theatre Gertrudes ielas teatris stages 4-6 new productions each season and offers a monthly program of repertoire performances. Artists from various performing arts backgrounds – theatre, dance, and music – come together in a total of over 100 events each season. Each drawing from their field and complementing one another, they create and develop theatre as an experiential medium that encourages spectators to embrace the challenge when encountering the unknown. The collaboration between GIT and artists is established and based on a shared belief in the value of creative work and the crossing of borders – we support and encourage new impulses and ideas to aid artistic growth. A group of actively engaged partners helps strengthen GIT as a platform for current trends in contemporary theatre in Riga. In this task we equally value our companions- thoughtful and empathetic spectators who want to explore the diverse world of the performing arts.
Andrejs Jarovojs | Artistic Director, Maija Pavlova | Producer, Olivers Tarvids | Sound Engineer, Ieva Kauliņa | Artist, Normunds Balodis | Stage and Technical Crew, Dina Beināre | Project Manager, Programme Coordinator, Gunita Eņģele | Stage Manager, Clerk, Evija Sedola | Project Manager, Partnership Coordinator, Eva Škenderska | PR Coordinator, Ingrīda Roze-Zariņa | Accountant, Ansis Kurmistrs | Network Administrator. Assistants, allies and friendsare also regularly involved in the daily work of the theatre.