The Chair

The Chair

Based on the story by Aleksandrs Čaks

Co-authors and performers: Sandija Dovgāne, Emīls Krūmiņš, Edgars Samītis
Director: Andrejs Jarovojs
Set design: Rūdolfs Bekičs
Sound design: Normunds Balodis, Olivers Tarvids
Lighting design: Dina Beināre
Cinematographer: Valters Krūzkops
Producer: Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Duration: 1:30
Premiere: 12/02/2021

Performance can be watched on ĢIT’s website by clicking the “View online” button. A code is included on the ticket that must be entered as the ticket number. Please note that an end date is indicated for the performance. After purchasing a ticket, the code can be activated from November 24 from midnight until December 1 at 10 pm.  Once the code is activated the ticket is valid for 24 hours. An internet connection is required to watch the performance. We recommend using headphones. 

Created with the financial support of the State Culture Capital Foundation’s programme “Future supply in all cultural sectors”.

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State Department radiotelegraphist Juris Gulēns, a strapping young man with the ardent zeal of love in his heart, works at the Lonely Island post. He must spend a month with no other person, not a beast in sight, all around him only water and cliffs, but at least the pay is double. And in the moments when eternal longing and crazy notions overtake him and must be drowned in the salty sea, the soft voice of Zenta always accompanies him. Upon return from his second shift Juris rushes to propose to his beloved, but is greeted by an unpleasant surprise, revealed to him by a red plush armchair. His lips start to fume, his brain starts to wobble and a terrible scream gathers in his throat.

“The Chair” explores the protagonist’s experience living in prolonged isolation from the outside world and undergoing deformations of his consciousness imperceptible to himself. Inspired by the colourful and poetic language of Aleksandrs Čaks, the creative team uses object theatre and movie sound effect recording techniques to bring the spectator into the subjective world of Juris Gulēns where fantasy, dreams and reality are closely intertwined.

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