Dailes Theater to get new head director

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The Dailes Theater, one of Latvia's foremost theaters, will have a new artistic leader after an oral agreement that the contract with long-standing director Dž.Dž.Džilindžers will be terminated, the Culture Ministry said October 1.

Andris Vītols, a board member at the theater, told Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance) that the actors' collective wanted to remove Džilindžers.

This comes after fabled actor Rēzija Kalniņa questioned Džilindžers' choice to start the 100th season of the theater with a perceived cash-grab comedy.

The Culture Minister said he's tasked Vītols with working out a future plan for the theater within two weeks. 

Džilindžers (real name Raimonds Rupeiks) assumed the post of artistic director in 2012, and critics credited his early work at the theater as initiating a revival that has since, however, died out. 

Dailes became a cutting-edge theater after established in 1920 by founder Eduards Smiļģis. During the inter-war period it established itself as a modern theater powerhouse and has indeed retained some traits, such as impeccable physical technique on the part of the actors, from that era. 

The theater is partially funded by the Latvian public and has retained immense popularity with local audiences. 

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