Andrievs Niedra

Thursday, May 26 12.00
Dirty Deal Teatro, Maskavas Street 12 – block 2
Duration: 1h40min
In Latvian with English translation

Director Valters Sīlis
Dramaturg Kārlis Krūmiņš
Performers: Kārlis Krūmiņš, Emīls Kivlenieks
Set designer Uģis Bērziņš
Lights designer Lauris Johansons
Composer Toms Auniņš

Producer: Dirty Deal Teatro (
Premiere on December 16, 2015

„Several generations in Latvia have grown up believing that the declaration of the independent Latvian state in November 18, 1918 was the best and the only solution at that time to secure the democratic values which we are proud of now. It may have been the best solution, but not the only one,”say the creators behind „Andrievs Niedra”.

Andrievs Niedra was a writer, pastor and the PM of the German puppet government in Latvia during the Latvian War of Independence in 1919. Believing that society can only develop through evolution rather than revolution, Niedra was a fierce opponent of socialism and came to be seen as a reactionary in an increasingly revolutionary society. In this performance focusing on the complex personality of Niedra, the director Valters Sīlis and dramaturg-performer Kārlis Krūmiņš set out to create a thriller about the establishing of Latvian state. With good measure of humor and irony they look into the tragic fate of the person that is known in the Latvian history as a traitor of the nation.

Valters Sīlis (1985) graduated in stage directing from the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2010. He works successfully both in small independent theatres (Dirty Deal teatro, Theatre “Ģertrūdes ielas teātris”) and on the big stage of the National Theatre. Still early in his artistic career, in just one year Valters Sīlis staged three works in three different theatres that focused on painful and embarrassing events in Latvia’s history, showing an approach that was free of stereotyping, slightly grotesque and always inquisitive. He has kept this interest in the critical moments in historical perspective while also turning attention to current social and ecological issues. Valter’s latest work, a collaboration piece staged with Finnish actors, is based on a road trip of three musketeers crossing borders in present day Europe.
Valters has been nominated several times for the Latvian Theatre award as the Best Director and has in the past received the prize of Best Staging of a Latvian Author for his performances “All My Presidents” and “Legionnaires”.