Homo Novus / The Unknown unknown

International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus"

performance "Unknown Unknown"

September 10, 11, 12 at 19:00

Concert hall "Tu jau zini Kur"


In Latvian and English

Tickets - 15 EUR (10 EUR - Reduced price for students, seniors, people with disabilities)

Composer: Oliver Christophe Leith
Direction, dramaturgy, set design: Viesturs Meikšāns
Assistants: Roberts Dauburs, Henrijs Arājs
Dramaturgy: Kornelius Paede
Izpilda: stīgu kvartets JUNO
Performance: string quartet JUNO
Soloists: Armands Siliņš, Jolanta Strikaite, Edgars Auniņš, Jūlija Vasiļjeva
Performers: Ilva Centere, Anta Aizupe
Production: New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Co-production: Valmiera summer theatre festival, festival of alternative music “Sansusī”


Having met at the master-class of British director Katie Mitchell in South of France, Latvian director Viesturs Meikšāns, British composer Oliver Christophe Leith and German dramaturg Kornelius Paede agreed to work on a new original opera about the moment of transition from Anthropocene to Post-anthropocene, sharing historical, personal and artistic commentary on how civilisation has reached this point.
“This opera draws inspiration from personal experiences, scientific research, TV series and natural disasters alike and reflects upon the times when human impact on global climate has reached dramatic scale and consequences”, Viesturs Meikšāns.

International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus" is the leading performing arts festival in Latvia and one of the biggest in the Baltic region. Festival takes place in Riga from September 6 till 12, 2018 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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