Valmiera Theatre has opened its centenary season

On August 1, the 101st season of the Valmiera Theatre was opened with a traditional gathering and a photo shoot by Kroders’ apple tree. In November, the theater will celebrate its centenary with works by Latvian authors staged throughout the season, honoring both the classics of Latvian drama and highlighting the new works by contemporary authors. Four important new productions will be created thanks to the significant support of the Boris and Inara Teterevi Foundation.

At the official opening event of the season, Valmiera Theatre director Evita Ašeradena and patron Ināra Tetereva signed a cooperation agreement between the Valmiera Theatre and the Boris and Ināra Tetereva Foundation. Thanks to the financial support of the foundation, a donation of at least EUR 100,000, four important new productions will be staged in Valmiera Theatre in 2023 and 2024, including one of the central events of the season – Jāzeps un viņa brāļi (Joseph and his Brothers) by Rainis under the direction of Inese Mičule and with scenography by visual artists Reinis and Krista Dzudzilo. It will premiere on October 5. With the support of the foundation, three more classic works will be staged - Widow's Son (director Viesturs Roziņš) based on the work of Vilis Plūdonis, Valmieras puikas (Boys of Valmiera) by Pāvels Rozītis (director Jānis Znotiņš) and Pazudušais dēls (The Prodigal Son) by Rūdolfs Blaumanis (director Reinis Suhanovs).

Director of the Valmiera Theatre Evita Ašeradena: “The friendship of the Boris and Inara Teterevi Foundation with the Valmiera Theater began in 2017, when patrons visited the theater and we envisioned big plans. In 2020, in cooperation with the Kroders’ Foundation, the dream of creating and installing the art object Kroders’ Apple Tree dedicated to the memory of the director Olģerts Kroders was fulfilled in Valmiera. Now we are dreaming further – because only with such substantial financial support it is possible to realize artistically full-fledged productions by artists from the generation for whom it is important right now to express their vision of today's Latvia through classic works.”

The season 2023/2024 is characterized by an accent on Latvian classics and recognition of men’s code. In general, the new productions will reflect on the figure of man in different aspects: a man as a warrior, father, son, dreamer, lover, patriot, member of brotherhood, etc. From Joseph to Jānis Daliņš, from the boys of Valmiera to the heroes of Vizma Belševica’s stories. You could say it's going to be a season of “male angst” with a twist of tragedy.


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