Latvian theaters to perform at international festival

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The “Postwest” intercultural theater festival has moved from the Berlin Theater to the digital environment: from 24 to 26 June, shows, show records, discussions and other cultural events will be online. Three projects from Latvia will also participate in the festival, said Gertrude Street Theater on June 17.

All online performances will be available for free.

The current information and the festival program may be followed on the website.

The Postwest intercultural theater festival was originally planned as a week-long cultural event in May at the Berlin theater “Volksbühne” – alongside discussions and other events, 12 premieres, specially designed for the festival by artists from 10 different countries. The planned new settings will have face-to-face premieres and will be displayed in their theaters as soon as possible. Meanwhile, in adapting to the situation created by the pandemic and returning to the basic concept of the festival – collective rendezvous of artists at international level, “Postwest” will take place online, still sharing ideas and thoughts across the borders.

Gertrude Street Theater project “Taņas dzimšanas diena. Berlīne” will have its online premiere on June 25 in two shows at 17.00 and 21.00 by Latvian time. The show's record will also be available after a live show.

Dirty Deal Teatro will play the audio version of the show “Izskatās, ka tu mirsi”, designed specifically for “Postwest.” The authors will call for an individual 45-minute audio walk, freely choosing the time and route, and allowing both voices, memories and wanderings across different cities and places to become viewers' escorts. The audio show will be available throughout the festival.

The festival also features a joint project of Gertrude Street Theatre and the KatlZ Society, the “Lielgabalu gaļa” show. A 30-minute video recording will be available throughout the online festival, where documented work process, individual scenes of the show, is documented. The show is created in three languages (Latvian, Russian, English), the video entry will have subtitles in English and German.

The Postwest festival is enabling artists to speak freely through their works. With partner theaters from Eastern Europe reflecting on socio-political topics, new shows are being staged to challenge the apparent East and Western conflict, review stereotypes and assumptions. 

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