Photo: Gints Mālderis
Latvian National Television

Teā and the New Riga Theatre Production of “Onegin. Commentaries”

As part of the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation’ s ongoing arts programme “TÊTE-À-TÊTE”, LTV’s series of programmes and theatre productions “Teā” presented the New Riga Theatre production of “Onegin. Commentaries”, which four years ago was nominated for a 2011/2012 Spēlmaņu nakts (“Players’ Night”) award in the category of Dramatic Theatre Play of the Year, while its director Alvis Hermanis received  the 2011/2012 Spēlmaņu nakts award as Director of the Year for his work on the plays "Oblomov" and "Onegin. Commentaries".

Viewers watching the play have the chance to enjoy Pushkin’s sublime poetry in both Russian and Latvian, complemented by a characterisation of the age, a portrait of Pushkin himself and an analysis of this work, based on the studies of literary scholar, cultural historian and semiotician Yuri Lotman. However, by embarking on a path of discovery and re-examining the classic stereotypes; together with his actors and master set designer Andris Freibergs, Alvis Hermanis has succeeded in creating a uniform work of art, which not only addresses viewers intellectually and emotionally, but also gives them an abundance of food for thought.

Joining Ojārs Rubenis on the “Teā” programme to discuss the various aspects of how the play is perceived were Vilis Daudziņš (Pushkin), Kaspars Znotiņš (Onegin), Kristīne Krūze (Tatyana) and Sandra Kļaviņa (Olga).