In Boris and Inara Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2016, audiences can look forward to a several exciting events in the life of Latvia’s theatres: the premiere at the Riga Russian Theatre of director Vladislavs Nastavševs’ adaptation of “Medea” and director Alla Sigalova’s production of “Mīlēt” (“To Love”). In turn, specially for the arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2016, Latvian Television’s “Teātris.zip" series of television programmes and theatrical plays will present the New Riga Theatre’s productions of the plays “Oņegins. Komentāri” (“Onegin. Comments”) (director Alvis Hermanis) and Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” (director Inese Mičule).
“Every season, Latvia’s theatres offer a sumptuous programme of entertainment complete with memorable events, star performers and topical themes that provoke discussion. It is a great honour for the Foundation to collaborate with Latvia’s leading theatres and to actively nurture the popularity of the genre of theatre. This year’s arts programme will include events that we too are greatly looking forward to - the debuts of leading artists on new stages and the broadcasting of outstanding theatrical works to a television audience,” note philanthropists Boris and Inara Teterev.
On 1 October, the premiere will take place of Euripides’ tragedy “Medea”, which is being adapted by Vladislavs Nastavševs. The production will be the debut on the Riga Russian Theatre stage for both the director and the actress playing the leading role, Guna Zariņa. Also acting in the play will be Mihails Troiniks, Igors Čerņavskis and Maksims Busels. In turn, on 22 October, the premiere will take place of “Mīlēt” (“To Love”), a play inspired by motifs from Viktorija Tokareva’s stories and produced by director and choreographer Alla Sigalova, set designer Nikolajs Simonovs and costume designer Aleksandrs Vasiļjevs and featuring performances by actress Ieva Segliņa (Dailes teātris), as well as Riga Russian Theatre actresses Natālija Živeca and Jeļena Sigova and actors Jevgēņijs Čerkess, Maksims Buselis among others.
Since the autumn of 2012, "Teātris.zip" seasons have provided the people of Latvia with the opportunity to enjoy recordings of 113 of Latvia’s all-time great theatre productions from various eras, as well as live broadcasts (83 evening productions in the "Teātris.zip" programme presented by Ojārs Rubenis along with 30 daytime plays). Parallel to this, Latvian Television has produced recordings of 84 of the very best plays from theatres in Riga and around the country. These are plays, which have become part of Latvia’s cultural canon, as well as adaptations that are considered to be landmark productions of their era. The year’s arts programme includes two New Riga Theatre productions that have generated great interest among audiences.