On September 18, Daile Theater with Claire van Kampen’s plays “Farinelli and the King” the premiere of the production opened the new season. The play is given the genre designation “costume drama about the nature of music” and it was staged by the artistic director of Daile Theater, director Viesturs Kairšs. King Philip V is played by Đirts Ķesteris, Farinelli is played by Artūrs Skrastiņš, and Izabella Farnezi is played by Rēzija Kalniņa. In the production, the scenographer is Reinis Suhanovs, the costume designer is Kristīne Jurjāne, the music consultant is Juris Vaivods. Singer Rūdis Cebulis has been entrusted to sing works by George Frideric Handel accompanied by harp and cello played by Dace Zālīte-Zilberte and Ieva Šablovska.
Liene Jakovleva met with the director Viesturi Kairis and Farinelli’s role player Artūras Skraštinu.
Viesturs Kairišs: “Farinelli and the King is a very cunning play. It talks about extremely deep human traumas and their connection with the task of life. However, it is dressed in gorgeous baroque costumes and environment. This is Theater, that is, it is not life, but its “artistic representation “, copy. But isn’t theater life?
The play tries to discuss the essence of baroque and our time, how to combine angelic beauty with bloody surgery. What does an angel with a knife mean? How painful beauty is, and how, despite everything, love can be born from it. And after all, is a neutered mind the only form of existence acceptable to the rest of society?”
Actors Kaspars Dumburs, Juris Bartkevičs also take part in the show, Artūrs Kaļķis plays the role of a child. On the stage next to the actors, there is another important element of the show – a horse, whose symbolic message is deeply important in the production. It is a marionette commissioned especially for this show in South Africa, which is led by actor Kārlis Arnolds Avots, Matīss Millers and Mārtiņš Gailis.
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