The Unbitten Elbow

The Unbitten Elbow

Phantasmagoria on skates

Director, artist: Mārcis Lācis
Actors: Reinis Boters, Jānis Kronis, Klāvs Mellis
Choreography: Katrīna Albuže
Composer: Matīss Runtulis
Lights: Jūlija Bondarenko
Motion design: Kārlis Stiģis
Roller skating instructor: Mārtiņš Eņģelis
Text: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translation: Vilis Kasims
Producer: Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Duration: 1:30
Premiere: 03/03/2017

Created with the financial support of State Culture Capital Foundation.


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The Weekly Review came up with a questionnaire and sent it out to all subscribers: “Your favorite writer? Your average weekly earnings? Your goal in life?” Among the thousands of completed forms the sorters found one, Form No. 11111, which, wander as it would from sorter to sorter, could not be sorted: On Form No. 11111, opposite “Average Earnings,” the respondent had written “0,” and opposite “Goal in Life,” in clear round letters, “To bite my elbow.”

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950), in the context of world literature often compared to Kafka, Borges and Kharms, remained unpublished until 1988 in part due to Maxim Gorky’s verdict on the writer’s “excessive intellectualism”: “Even if a willing publisher was found, his stories would, without a doubt, cause a sprain in the muscles of young brains. I ask you- is the latter at all desirable?” Meaning no disrespect to the reputable M. Gorky I would answer – YES.


JSC “Development Finance Institution Altum” supports the European Social Fund project “Support for Social Entrepreneurship” No. 9.1.1.3/15/I/001.