Director: Mārtiņš Eihe
Dramaturgy: Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Degna Martens
Design: Ieva Kauliņa
With: Mārtiņš Eihe, Charlotte Garraway, Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Daniel Nerlich, Juta Vanaga
Director's assistance: Charlotte Garraway
Producer: Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Online Live Performance with audience participation. In English with Russian, Latvian and German parts.
Coproduction between Ģertrūdes ielas teātris and Volksbühne Berlin. Created as part of Latvia’s Centenary Programme.
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.
Performance`s video on Vimeo You can find it here.
Latvian Ministry of Welfare supports the European Social Fund project “Support for Social Entrepreneurship” No. 126.96.36.199/15/I/001.