RECLAIM THE FUTURE
DIRTY DEAL TEATRO
DDT 10. GOING AFTER FUTURE // RIGA, LATVIA // AUGUST 9 – 11, 2017
The “Reclaim the future” event in Latvia was created by theatre Dirty Deal Teatro – an independent professional theatre, a creative platform for both, experienced professionals and new striving talents - directors, actors, choreographers and other stage artists. In the summer of 2017 DDT turned 10, which is a significant event not only for the theatre community, but for the whole cultural NGO's field of Latvia.Within the framework of RECLAIM THE FUTURE a series of events with a thematic focus on the future perspectives of contemporary art and society were implemented, celebrating theatre's 10th birthday by looking back and reflecting on the past and exploring and developing future perspectives of theatre, art and society. The celebration under the slogan “DDT 10. Going after future” was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.
SUPERHUMANS AND SUPERFUTURE - Lectures and 1 to 1 performances was a practical and theoretical insight into the world of superpowers and our future perspectives together with 4 lecturers: researcher of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of Latvian University Guntis Pakalns, head of Psychology Department of Latvian University Ivars Austers, docent at Faculty of Medicine of Latvian University Signe Mežinska and director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laiviņa.
During the lectures randomly selected members of audience had a unique opportunity to experience a very personal artistic interactions by participating in the 1 to 1 performances together with Jānis Balodis, Aiva Birbele, Andrejs Polozkovs, Dana Indāne, Ieva Gaurilčikaite and Matīss Gricmanis.
DDT 10 SHORT PERFORMANCES were created by several teams of artists who tried to mark the future perspectives for the micro and macro worlds we are living, thinking and creating within. What are we and what will we become? Do we have much in common? Audience had an opportunity to meet at the theatre and share a piece of birthday cake, gaining a new experience of theatre where four new short performances were presented.
Authors of the short-performances: Dimitrijs Petrenko, Kristaps Ķeselis, Santa Didžus, Ivo Briedis, Rūdolfs Baltiņš, Dace Sloka, Sintija Jēkabsone, Marija Rozīte-Vītola, Jurijs Djakonovs and others.
Another special event which took part during the celebration was the opening of pop-up MUSEUM OF BOREDOM - museum for elderly youngsters. During of series of workshops with community members of different neighborhoods in Riga artists gathered childhood games and activities of people who grew up and played in yards of blockhouses. As a result an interactive, witty and a bit nostalgic installation was created celebrating the creativity and open mindedness of children.
Curators of the Museum: Paula Pļavniece, Uģis Bērziņš, Ance Muižniece un Uldis Sniķers.
EVENING BREAKFAST in as old tradiotion of Dirty Deal Teatro where a group of four theatre directors - Kārlis Krūmiņš, Dmitrijs Petrenko, Andrejs Polozkovs and Valters Sīlis - meet with the audience members to discuss current social-political matters while cooking and sharing a meal. This was a significant event showing how the relationship between the artists and audience has teared down the forth wall to actually meet eye to eye.
Event under the name “GRANDPA'S DIRTY YEARS” was the highlight of the celebration events - an open-air concert in honor of DDT took place in a square next to the theatre inviting everyone – artists, friends and guests of the theatre, inhabitants of the neighborhood and anyone who passed by.
Apart from the celebration two workshops took place - activity “Renewing the piece” in Latvia was transformed to serve as a platform for exchanging expertise and knowledge. According to the main focus of the project, Latvian artists and creative professionals who work with and within the local communities and/or with non-professional artists were invited to two workshops led by the artists from partner organisations - Anders Olsson (Teatermaskinen), togehter with Brigitte Mounier (La Compagnie des Mers du Nord) and Ines de Carvalho (Visões Úteis) to share their working ethos, methods and experiences.