Henrijs Arājs

Pitch, Contemporary performance, All


This staging of William Shakespeare’s classical play is based on the aesthetics and techniques of visual theatre and thus can be perceived without understanding the language. Director Henrijs Arājs interprets Shakespeare’s play, by placing its characters in a wedding environment that transforms into a dream-like forest with levitating tables, where characters wander through searching for each other. The main disposition of the performance is sexual desire and loneliness, which has taken over these young people, letting the viewers recognize themselves and the theme, that is clearly and precisely understandable.

It is a performance with an innovative directorial approach where live music after the theme of John Cage’s Dream is played on guitar, piano and drums. It received the jury sympathy award in the festival Patriarha rudens and the invitation to the festival Laba daba.

Artist / Company biography

The director graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2021 and the same year started working on productions at the Russian Drama Theater and the Valmiera Drama Theater. He has experience assisting such renown directors as Vladislav Nastavshev, Elmārs Seņkovs, Māra Ķimele, Dmitry Petrenko and Viesturs Meikšāns in performing in repertoire theaters. As part of the Erasmus program, Arājs studied directing at the Brno Theater Academy in the Czech Republic, where he staged a play based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work. He also staged a mono performance The Double Bass by Patrick Süskind in the Daile Theatre.

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Henrijs Arājs, henrijs.arajs@inbox.lv, +371 26626644


Director: Henrijs Arājs
Performers: Rihards Zeleznevs, Elizabete Skrastina, Elīza Dombrovska, Krisjanis Strods, Artis Jančevskis, Ieva Barkāne, Sabīne Alise Ozoliņa, Aksels Aizkalns, Andris Zeļonka, Jurģis Lūsis
Musicians: Gustavs Loris, Kārlis Ostrovskis, Marta Vīksna
Scenography: Madara Mela
Choreography: Laura Gorodko
Lighting Design: Dainis Sumišķis
Sound Design: Lauris Stanke
Supported by Latvian Academy of Culture