Now the Night Begins

Now the Night Begins

Alain Guiraudie “Now the Night Begins” (Alain Guiraudie "Ici commence le nuit")

Director, scenographer: Vladislavs Nastavševs
Actors: Igors Šelegovskis, Kaspars Dumburs, Āris Matesovičs, Marija Linarte, Inese Pudža, Anta Aizupe, Henrijs Arājs
Stage adaptation: Vilnis Vējš
Translation: Agnese Kasparova
Light design: Jūlija Bondarenko, Dina Beināre
Music: Marija Linarte
Sound: Normunds Balodis
Video: Elmārs Sedols
Movement consultant: Agate Bankava
Makeup artist: Zane Žilinska
Technical solutions: Rūdolfs Bekičs
Poster design: Ieva Kauliņa
Producer: Theatre Ģertrūdes ielas teātris
Coproducer: Society “Latvijas Kultūras projekti”
Duration: 3:00
Premiere: 6/01/2020

Age restriction 18+. This play contains smoking.

Created with the financial support of State Culture Capital Foundation.

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Grampa, his daughter Mariette and granddaughter Cindy lead quiet lives in a small French town. During a summer vacation they are visited by thirty-year-old Gilles who shares an unusual friendship with Grampa. Their peaceful bliss is interrupted when the chief of police gets involved in the story. Now the night begins.Alain Guiraudie’s work can be described as a fight for a peaceful coexistence with others and with yourself. His absurd, comically confusing, and provocative story reveals a longing for emotional intimacy and human connection that the protagonist Gilles unexpectedly finds with Grampa. 

In his productions Vladislavs Nastavševs challenges the cult of normalcy and explores the hidden boundaries that keep our society from accepting that which is different. Together with a bright cast of young actors – Anta Aizupe, Kaspars Dumburs, Marija Linarte, Āris Matesovičs, Inese Pudža and Igors Šelegovskis, the director invites the audience to delve into the darkest and deepest depths of the soul, re-evaluating the conventional preconceptions about love, sexuality, lust and violence

Alain Guiraudie is a renowned film director and “Now the Night begins” is his literary debut. The novel has received France's prestigious Prix Sade with critics characterising it as the essence of Guiraudie’s filmography.

Thank you to everyone who helped in the creation of the production: Zane Lodiņa, Kristaps Siliņš, Elmārs Sedols, Madara Lazdiņa, A/S Eliza-K, SIA “Patrioti”, Occitan language consultants – president Benoît Amy de la Bretèque and director Bertille de Swarte of The Institute for Vocal Research and Mediterranean Music Education.

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