Brodsky/Baryshnikov

Tuesday, May 24 19.00
The New Riga Theatre, Lāčplēša Street 25
Duration: 1h30min
In Russian with English translation

Based on the poems of Joseph Brodsky
Director Alvis Hermanis
Performer Mikhail Baryshnikov
Scenographer Kristīne Jurjāne
Light designer Gleb Filshtinsky
Sound designers: Oļegs Novikovs, Gatis Builis
Video artist Ineta Sipunova

Producers: The New Riga Theatre (www.jrt.lv), Baryshnikov Productions
Premiere on October 15, 2015

The Nobel laureate, poet Joseph Brodsky and the great ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov maintained close friendship for 22 years until the death of Brodsky in 1996. Now they meet again on stage in a production by Alvis Hermanis. “Brodsky/Baryshnikov”is an emotional journey deep into the poet’s visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky’s mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend’s poignant and eloquent works.

Alvis Hermanis (1965) started out as an actor before he began directing in 1992. Since 1997, he has been the artistic director of the New Riga Theatre (NRT), turning this state repertory theatre into the most interesting contemporary theatre company in Latvia. With NRT troupe Alvis Hermanis set out a new direction – between 2003 and 2011 they produced a series of performances on the Latvian life, both touching and ironic documental portraits of contemporary Latvia. Then he abandoned this anthropological interest in favor of staging great Russian classics and focusing on the reconstruction of the past as a context for further explorations of the human mind and soul. “Where generations of theatre makers once devoted their entire ambitions to ripping down the fourth wall, Alvis Hermanis puts it up again – with a radical intent which may never existed before”, concluded German critics.
Since 2005 Alvis Hermanis has been staging work internationally (notably in some of the major theatres in the German speaking countries), while also touring extensively with NRT productions. His works have been seen in over 40 countries and featured at several major festivals including the Avignon Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Wiener Festwochen,and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. In 2012, the Swiss cultural magazine Du, named him one of the ten most influential personalities in contemporary European Theatre. His productions have received numerous awards, including the Europe Theatre Prize for “New Theatrical Realities” (Thessaloniki, 2007), The Stanislavski Award (Moscow, 2008), and the Baltic Assembly Prize for Arts (2014).
Since 2012, Alvis Hermanis has been increasingly devoting his time to producing operas for the Salzburg Festival, Berlin Komische Oper, La Monnaie in Brussels, Paris Opera and Milan’s La Scala.



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