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Documents, Youth Portfolio and Other Legendary Artifacts at the Centennial Exhibition of the National Theater at the Theater Museum / Article / LSM.LV

Letona Radio "Kultūr Rondo", knowing the exhibition, draws attention to the details: a document that shows the beginning of the theater in Valka in 1917, a story about the actors who were banished at the end of World War II and also on boots who returned to Latvia. as well as the legendary portfolio of Alfred Newbie, where he made all copies of the seasonal clues.

The exhibition at the Teatro Museum was carried out by Margita Mantiña, who has been studying the history of the National Theater for more than 30 years. She tells us she made an exhibition of about two years, collecting all the collections of actors and actors at the National Theater.

"There were a lot of folders of material that were not crawled. The hardest thing to do is to select the most important. I chose once, then we went through the materials with the artist.

When we put photos into folders, we chose again, in fact, four times that the materials were selected and I would like to say that you could still select ", says Margita Mantiña.

Jānis Siliņš, head of the Eduard Smiļģis Theater Museum, is confident that every theater, and not just as an institution, needs such an exhibition, so it is also an exhibition that also aims to complement and change.

"We created an exhibition that looks through the prism of personality, through the prism of the Latvian drama and through the artists that worked there. With the idea that a few years ago we saw it, we complemented with materials, changed something, created and added materials that are very matched and now also in recent times, "explains Silins.

"The actors of the museum can not overthrow, but some reminiscences, some memories, watching photos, fragments of videos, feeling of attire".

Silins explains that it was important to ensure succession to the exhibition. Here you can see and listen to fragments of previous performances, but there are also younger occasions to have a succession to have new ones to see.

"When young directors see that they are in the museum, they will have a different feeling," says Silins, hoping he will help in more cooperation with the National Theater, obtaining the latest performances – costumes, actors and directors.

"The exhibition is powerful, both learned here, but something that is here should be heard at the anniversary concert. Here, at least, I think the theater has a centenary of anniversary," says Rita Melnace, literary consultant at the National Theater.

Photo: Santa Lauga

Talking about younger times at the theater, she feels that every show is perpetuated professionally now.

"There is no need to worry about the new times, but the theater is an unpleasant art. It can be preserved, but that's not what the theater does," says Melnace.

The story is pleased that the exhibition has successfully found photos that have not been shown before. Yes, there are also photos of the chrestomatic and known, because there is no other.

"It's a temporary restriction that does not have these images," says Melnace. "A large archive took many theater files in the early 60's. All the images that hit 1935 and 1944. More than 60 people went to the exile of the National Theater and the National Theater Flower. They took all those pictures and there were no images no theater ".

Photo: Santa Lauga

Mantiña admits that some of the images taken by the actors before exile return to the museum after the restoration of independence. Here is also a pair of boots, which is the only exhibition of the history of war time.

"These are the boots of Charles Lagzdins who will be here as a symbol of all this time," says Mantyn. "The story is that when the actors were ready to go to the boat, they went to the stage, sang" God bless Latvia! "And Vainovska, she was the Chief Administrator at the time, in the theater, saw that she had fine shoes. She entered the warehouse and wore her boots, these boots actually went to Germany and America. When she started the dawn, when Hilda Prince-Urstein He started traveling to Latvia, took these boots with a letter of introduction. "

The documentary, signed on April 24, 1917 in Valka, where the Provisional National Council of Latvia was located, shows the beginning of the theater before the foundation of the Theater of Workers on February 23, 1919 or the creation of the National Temporal Theater.

"Oh, Old Old Rejuvenation Portfolio," exclaims Melnace, seeing another legendary exhibition that is now stored in the Theater Museum.

The portfolio of director Alfred Newbie was "late" by former theater director Maris Jaunozols, when the theater gave him a new gift, but the director was not ready to divorce him, so he entered the museum's collection only after the death of the death .

Photo: Santa Lauga

"There was a repertoire of the whole season. He stretched. He loved old things, his loved ones," says Melnace.

Meanwhile, the show artist Dace Dzerina says that most of the times she is directed by an artist who has already worked in a theater or has collaborated with him: the original drawings of Niklav Strunke, Oto Skulme, John Kug.
"When you look at the scenic drawings, feel the images and visions at the same time. Modern looks are very exciting, the works of the great artists you can play and you see that they go out in the showroom, sleep in stock," says Gerry .

Photo: Santa Lauga

The exhibition "The National Theater of Latvia 100" tells about the history and the development of the theater from the beginning to the present day. The exhibition is part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the theater, which is celebrated throughout the season.

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