The play was created to celebrate the 30th birthday of Ansis Rūtentāls Movement Theatre, to honour the memory of Anis Rūtentāls (1949-2000) and the artistic director of the Student Theatre of the University of Latvia Ārijs Geikins (1936-2003). Participants are current and ex-actors of the Movement Theatre as well as actors from the Student Theatre of the University of Latvia.
The philosophical aspect of the “shadow” inspired Ansis Rūtentāls, he was thinking about a new play. It remained only an idea. In the Ansis Rūtentāls archive, notes and drawings on the subject of “shadow” have been found. The “shadow” as a visual image does not appear in this play but it testifies the presence of human being in the world.
The musical material consists of the pieces that Anis Rūtentāls gave his actors to listen to.
There have been discussions whether Ansis Rūtentāls has made a new school of movement language. This play is to testify that he has, and that this school has to be cherished as a delicate and distinct phenomenon in the scene arts of Latvia. Ansis Rūtentāls has created a very distinct and recognizable language of movements. The priority in this language is music.
“(..) I try to teach my actors the understanding of music, because one thing is – to love music, a quite different – to understand it, to work with music. We don't use music as an illustration, but music is one more actor in our play. (..) the play is a dialogue between the music, the shape, the colour, the partner and the group.”
A. Rūtentāls /from an interview/
Participiants: Guna Bīriņa, Signe Gravleja, Rita Grīnfelde, Gundega Lapiņa, Gunta Nešpore, Jana Zakovica, Guntis Bārzdiņš, Vilnis Bīriņš, Artis Gulbis, Dzintars Krūmiņš.
Scenography: Ieva Veita and Raitis Jelevičs
Costume design: Ieva Veita
Costume patter: Liena Subatiņa
Sewer: Lienčiks Šoks
Lights: Krišjānis Strazdīts and Andrējs Krūmiņš
Music: Motion Trio, Arvo Pärt, Alberto Iglesias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bryan Ferry, Rachel`s, Jean
Premiere: 27.05.2003. in Daile Theatre Small Hall
“The Shadows” has participated in festival Fitag 2009 in Girona (Spain) and FOCUS 2010 in Austria