International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus" / September 1 - 9, 2017 / Riga
Performance "Blind Cinema"
Direction, concept: Britt Hatzius
September 2 and 3 at 17:00
Splendid Palace, Elizabetes iela 61
Tickets 7 EUR and 5 EUR (reduced price for students, seniors, people with disabilities)
In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack, the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.
In focusing on that which lies beyond the sense of sight, the attention oscillates between each shared but internal world guided by the whispering voice, and the shared physical space of the darkened cinema.
The International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus is the leading performing arts festival in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltic region. It takes place in Riga and introduces audiences to both new and renowned artists that seek ways of expressing their views and opinions about the world and the society. Festival offers a range of performances as well as seminars, workshops and other activities.