Let your hair down – Rapunzel at Chickenshed

December 21, 2017

How to morph a protagonist-dominated story into the story of a community? In a usual Chickenshed’s Christmas practice, the theatre reinvents well-known storyline set in an intimate, sparsely-populated world of a classical fairy-tale to accommodate a 200-strong cast. This year Chickenshed re-written Rapunzel for its signature seasonal show. The great feature of the show is […]

Olympics, here, on Earth.

August 31, 2016

I have landed. That was a really long flight. At the passport control my passport got a shiny new Olympic logo-shaped stamp. Seems like I have arrived to Brazil after all: airports are too universal of a setting to tell them apart. But then it all changed: I have spotted the first volunteer in a […]

Melnikov’s House. Modernism in its atom.

February 3, 2016

Melnikov’s House in Moscow is two interconnected brick barrels. Seen from above, they resemble a neutron and a proton of an atomic nucleus. I was picturing where this house will fit in my system, along with 2 Willow Road by Erno Goldfinger or, perhaps Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart. Its’ decisive lines and slim geometry, its […]

Every wrong step is a step to the gallows: “The Crucible” at The Questors

November 8, 2015

Imagine the facts become a derivative of reality, and not an equation. It is not what is said starts to count, but what mouth utters the words. “That’s very interesting what you say! But do you go to church often? Do you plough on Sunday? And by the way, do you sleep with your wife […]

A summer well spent: International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils

September 2, 2015

I have stumbled upon International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils (Starptautiskā Rakstnieku un tulkotāju māja) quite by chance. I do not even remember where or when exactly I have followed the link to complete the online application. Sometime later I was surprised to receive an invitation to come there for a month.