New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga/Latvia

The New Theatre Institute of Latvia (NTIL) is a project-based organization that has been working in the field of contemporary performing arts since 1998. NTIL organizes Homo Novus, the annual international festival of contemporary theater, as well asproducing and presenting artistic, educational, and research projects and collaboration programs with local and international partners that focus on emerging ideas, innovative work, and responsible action.

Dirty Deal Teatro is an independent venue in Riga that focuses on contemporary theater productions, often with a sociopolitical slant.

Kate Krolle studied visual art at the Art Academy of Latvia and Le Fresnoy in France. She works with mixed media, taking an interest in the relationship between humans and nature, human instincts, collective experience, compassion, and intimacy. Kate has had two solo exhibitions (We hold our hearts, 2014; I could be elsewhere, 2016) and has participated in several group exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. Since 2010 she has been creating site-specific and stage performances on her own and with different collaborators that have been presented at performing arts and contemporary visual arts festivals in Latvia and Belgium (Edge, 2016; Sanctuary of Truth, 2017; Leap Second, 2018; At the shore of running waters, 2018; Arrival, 2019).

Valters Sīlis graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2010 and since then has worked in small independent theaters as well as the National Theater. From an early stage, Valters became known for his documentary theater productions that illuminated critical moments from recent Latvian history and focused on urgent sociopolitical and ecological issues, both locally and globally (Legionnaires, 2011;National Development Plan, 2013; Lost Antarctica, 2015; 3 Musketeers—East of Vienna, 2016). Valters’ inquisitive, informal, and honest attitude is also present in his latest works, which draw greater attention to micro-histories and the choices of individuals in specific contexts, often focusing on young people (Being Nationalist, 2017; Boy Who Saw in The Darkness, Based on a Book, both 2019).

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