Homo Novus / Language Trilogy: Foreigner

International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus" / September 1 - 9, 2017 / Riga

Performance "Language trilogy: Foreigner"

Authors Ahilan Ratnamohan, Matīss Gricmanis

September 7 at 21:00, September 8 at 19:00

Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Ģertrūdes iela 101



Tickets 7 and 5 EUR (reduced price for students, seniors, people with disabilities)

Language trilogy is a reseach by Tamil and Latvian theatre makers Ahilan Ratmanohan and Matīss Gricmanis on the symbolic and social capital of language, and it’s role in the society’s power relations.
Foreigner is a performance game in which a group of adult migrants, who are learning Latvian, come in intimate contact with a local audience. Through a series of language games they attempt to introduce themselves. A strange paradox evolves; they are the masters of the game, yet constantly hindered by their rudimentary language skills, striking a curious mix between fragility, playfulness and resilience. They guide the audience yet require their assistance. Foreigner is an examination of the power of language in society in a very practical and social sense, an attempt to re-frame, warp and explode the stereotypical image of the foreigner who cannot speak the language and all its associated baggage.


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.

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