THE 10th MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM FESTIVAL IS HAPPY TO PRESENT ALVIS HERMANIS
The Midwinter Night’s Dream International Theatre Festival, organised by Tallinn City Theatre, celebrates a small anniversary, taking place for the tenth time in 9-15 December 2018. This year’s festival is dedicated to a single stage-wizard and his work, presenting Alvis Hermanis, Latvian director whose productions are applauded all over Europe. The fact that on 18 November 2018 Latvia will celebrate its 100 year anniversary, adds even more to the festivity.
Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theatre personalities of the last decade by DU Magazine Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theatre companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubühne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zürich; and in opera houses including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra National de Paris, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater in Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, and La Monnaie Brussels. He has staged operas at the Salzburger Festspiele since 2012. His opera stagings include among others Il Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko (2014) and Die Liebe der Danae (2016) at the Salzburger Festspiele, La Damnation de Faust featuring Jonas Kaufman with Opéra National de Paris in 2015, I due Foscari featuring Placido Domingo and Madama Butterfly with Teatro alla Scala in 2016, and Parsifal at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017. Mr. Hermanis’s theatre productions have been presented at major theatre festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburger Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.
THE NEW RIGA THEATRE is a state repertory theatre founded in 1992, led by artistic director Alvis Hermanis since 1997. The New Riga Theatre has been located in a historical building in the centre of Riga for 25 years and has now moved to the former Tobacco Factory at the creative quarter of Miera Street, while the main building will go under reconstruction. The New Riga Theatre has performed at major festivals around the world, including Festival d'Avignon, The Edinburgh International Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburger Festspiele, Holland Festival, BITEF, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and, to date, has toured to more than 200 towns and cities in 40 countries, both in Europe and overseas. For more information, visit www.jrt.lv.