Can we be comic enough to laugh seriously at the political hypocrisy of our times? Can we be serious enough to envisage positive alternatives for the world order like Lysistrata did? An International artistic team from Latvia, Switzerland and Germany are collaborating on two chamber operas based on Aristophanes’ comedy "Lysistrata" - dramatic and comic version to be presented by the same cast in Riga and Basel in 2014. The dramatic version by Latvian composer Jekabs Nimanis and Swiss-German director Christine Cyris will resonate the last war zone in Europe - the Balkans. The comic version by Swiss composer Kaspar Ewald and Latvian director Zane Kreicberga will go into classical comedy and reveal the first women strike.
The world premiere of "Lysistrata" will be the important event for Riga - European Capital of Culture 2014, and the theme of Woman and War will be expanded by the exhibition, discussions and lectures.
110 minutes (including intermission)
27 performers, including: 3 singers: Jeannine Hirzel, Kristine Gailite, Robert Koller; Chorus: Female vocal ensemble Putni and male vocal ensemble - 14 singers; Chamber orchestra: 10 musicians from Germany, Latvia and Switzerland
February 14, 2014
Riga at the Latvian Railway History Museum
€17,000 per performance plus technical, travel, accommodation, and per diems costs. Co-production proposals are much welcomed and will be discussed individually.
Co-commissioning partners interested in supporting the production as well as presenting it in their festivals or venues. Also seeking international touring opportunities throughout 2014 and 2015.