ROTKHO

Anka Herbut

ROTKHO

Translated from Polish by Ingmāra Balode

One of the world's most expensive artworks is Mark Rothko's painting No. 6 (violet, green and red) which sold for a staggering €140 million. Whenever new price records hit the art world the question that inevitably arises is: what determines the astronomical value of this work? These days the question is even more difficult to answer, given the technological development of the art market, which raises issues around the value of copies of artworks and the artist's reputation. 

Inspired by the work of Mark Rothko,  director Lukash Twarkowski, one of the rising stars of European theatre, has created a performance that tries to explore what the new trend of  creating artworks in a digital environment and providing blockchain technology really means. How  important is the authenticity of the artist's work in all this? And more importantly, does the way in which we experience live theatre in the real world mean that it’s protected from such claims of inauthenticity 

The central theme of the story is the relationship between fake and original, and paradoxically how this relationship changes in the virtual environment. On the one hand, “ROTKHO” is a distortion of the famous artist's surname, in the same way in which famous brands are replaced with counterfeits like Adibas or Dolce & Banana. On the other hand, the name simply illustrates Graham Rowlinson’s hypothesis that regardless of the order of letters, as long as the first and final letters of the word remain in place, we can understand the text.

The show has no genre – the dramatic text, directing, scenography and actors come together in synthesis with the kind of technology used by TV and cinema to create a unique art event in Latvia.

Lukasz Twarkowski, (born 1983) is a director who makes multimedia performances combining theatre, video and visual art. He and his team have produced provocative performances in his native Poland, but he took special delight in the public and critical response to his 2017 performance “Lokis ” in Lithuania.  It was nominated for 9 Lithuanian stage awards and received 4, including the most prestigious, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, the Stage Gold Cross which was given toTwarkowski himself. His most recent production, “Respublika,” attracted attention both for it’s ambitious plot which breaks down the boundaries between reality, theatre and illusion, and the breadth of it’s themes, ranging from contemporary challenges about identity and virtual reality to the very nature of human passion.

Rotkho is produced in collaboration with Poland's JK Opole Theater and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

It is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Innovation Partner - Latvijas Mobilais Telephone

Performances are in Latvian, English and Chinese, with Latvian and English sub-titles.

 

Roles:

Juris Bartkevičs – Rotkho

Kaspars Dumburs –Wolt vendor 1, Orions Anastapolu

Ērika Eglija-Grāvele – Actress

Yan Huang - Hai

Andrzej Jakubczyk – Actor

Rēzija Kalniņa – Anna Friedman

Katarzyna Osipuk –Performer and waitress Destiny Hope

Artūrs Skrastiņš – Wolt vendor 2, Domeniko de Sole

Mārtiņš Upenieks – Jack Smith - MuesumTM DirectorTM

Vita Vārpiņa – Mela Rotkho

Toms Veličko – Journalist James Walters

Xiaochen Wang - Tao

 

Director – Lukasz Twarkowski

Playwright – Anka Herbut

Scenographer – Fabien Lédé 

Costume designer – Svenja Gassen

Choreographer – Pawel Sakowicz

Composer – Lubomir Grzelak

Video designer – Jakub Lech

Light designer - Eugenijus Sabaliauskas

 

Director’s assistants – Mārtiņš Gūtmanis, Diāna Kaijaka, Adam Zduńczyk

Costime designer’s assistant – Bastian Stein

Dramaturge – Linda Šterna

Video designer’s assistant - Adam Zduńczyk

 

Video camera operators – Arturs Gruzdiņš, Jonatāns Goba

 

Rehearsal translators – Diāna Kaijaka, Elza Marta Ruža

Performance manager – Indra Laure

Producer – Ginta Tropa

 

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