Cinema and theater unites in the White Cube

Latvian National Theater plans to offer an e-theater project titled "Baltais Kubs" (The White Cube), Latvian Radio reported on May 22.

Theaters seek new formats in circumstances where conventional shows have become impossible for an unknown time or are open to a very small number of spectators. And sometimes the new turns out to be a forgotten old. Remember TV screenplays? The new project is similar - but in new quality.

A white wall and rug surrounded by cameras has been erected on the big stage of the National Theater. It is not really theater, since the one-off spontaneity is occasionally interrupted by technical issues in filming. However, it's not really a movie either, as it is on a theater stage.

Currently, Artūrs Krūzkops' monoshow "Mīlestība pandēmijas laikā" (Love in Pandemic Times), directed by Valters Sīlis, is filmed. It was written specifically by Artūrs Dīcis for this format.

Actor Artūrs Krūzkops said: "The artistic council agreed that this format should be about 20-30 minutes long. I find it very difficult to put material you enjoy in a strict timeframe."

During the two months of downtime, the theater has tried various forms to reach the viewer remotely. 

"Love in Pandemic Times" is one of five e-shows currently created in the White Cube.

Director Valters Sīlis sees it not as a pandemic-pressed quest for new formats but rather as a return to familiar, perhaps forgotten formats.

"There is the radio theater - it is still theater. There are television settings. It seems to me what we're doing is nothing extremely unique," says Sīlis.

The White Cube project will start on 28 May with the first episode of "X Generation" directed by Inara Slucka, while the premiere of "Love in Pandemic Times" will take place on June 11.

 

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