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Tanya's Birthday. Berlin

Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Riga/Latvia
Performance | In English with Russian, Latvian and German parts

Discussion afterwards

A point of convergence in European history—the year 1989, or more specifically, the period between the Baltic Way and the fall of the Berlin Wall—serves as the point of departure for the production Tanya’s Birthday. Berlin. The Baltic Way not only impacted the Baltic states, but the history and future of the whole of Eastern Europe, while the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolically opened up the border between East and West in a cultural as well as a geopolitical sense. The creative team behind this production explores the mark left by these two historical events and analyzes the interconnections between them from artists’ perspectives as witnesses of their time.

The performance is set in and takes place like a virtual birthday party. The spectators assume the roles of friends and family. As the actors address all those gathered and begin telling stories, they gradually reveal the many ambiguous and multifaceted life stories that have shaped their extended family.

The performance will be live streamed here and on the Facebook pages of Ģertrūdes ielas teātris and Volksbühne. For participating in the performance and in the artist talk afterwards, please register via Please indicate your Zoom username and the time and name of the performance. Please note that the audience will be visible in the live stream. For the online performance, please have bananas as well as snacks and drinks of your choice ready to toast Tanya together with all guests and spend an exuberant evening with her.

You can still register at short notice!


Director: Mārtiņš Eihe
Dramaturgy: Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Degna Martens
Design: Ieva Kauliņa
Producer: Maija Pavlova
Technical assistance sound, light, video: Dina Beinare, Normunds Balodis
Director's assistance: Charlotte Garraway

With: Mārtiņš Eihe, Charlotte Garraway, Arnita Jaunsubrēna, Daniel Nerlich, Juta Vanaga

Coproduction between Ģertrūdes ielas teātris and Volksbühne Berlin

Created as part of Latvia’s Centenary Programme

Funded by State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, JSC “Development Finance Institution Altum”, European Social Fund, project identification No. / 15 / I / 001 “Support for Social Entrepreneurship”

Supported by: Embassy of Latvia in Germany, Beer brewery “Valmiermuiža”