Playwright, director: Arnita Jaunsubrēna (Berlin/Riga)
Co-authors and performers: Anta Aizupe, Ieva Džindža
Music: Baly Nguyễn (Berlin)
Costumes: Kristin Gerwien (Frankfurt am Main)
Lighting: Dina Beināre
Sound: Normunds Balodis
Poster art: Ieva Kauliņa
Produced by: Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Duration: 1:15
Premiere: 15/09/2020

Recommended audience age: 14+

Created with the financial support of Riga City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation’s programme “Content Creation for the “Latvian School Bag””.

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“It all began two years ago when, driven by nostalgia, I relistened to a vinyl from my childhood and that of several other generations of kids born in the Soviet Union – the radio theatre production of “School of Snegurochka”. Already as a child I identified with the character Little Wolf, portrayed in the production by Vera Singajevska, and, even though it was not in line with the commonly accepted interpretation, I was convinced that in the play Little Wolf is treated very unjustly. But – why is it that Little Wolf doesn’t want to learn? How come bear Mishka’s mother doesn’t want him to go to school? What do we learn from the personified animal characters and how does it later resonate within us? It’s time to take a look at the vinyl through adult eyes.”
Inspired by the vinyl “School of Snegurochka” and its animal characters, director Arnita Jaunsubrēna and actresses Anta Aizupa and Ieva Džindža explore the relationships between humans and animals from a philosophical viewpoint. “Vinyl” is a coming of age story of girls who are searching for their inner animal and for its place in society.

The play “School of Snegurochka” (playwright Georgy Landau, music by Grigory Teplitsky), commissioned by Moscow State Puppet Theatre and written in 1952, was very successful. Therefore, it was decided to stage it in other Soviet Republics as well. In 1954 it was produced by the Latvian Radio Theatre, later to be released as a vinyl. This legendary recording can still be listened on the website of the Latvian Radio 1.

A fragment of the film “Derrida” by Amy Ziering Kofman and Kirby Dick is used in the production “Vinyl”, as well as photographs by George Shiras and a mask design by Steve Wintercroft.

Latvian Ministry of Welfare supports the European Social Fund project “Support for Social Entrepreneurship” No.