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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 29/11/2006

Latvian cult director Alvis Hermanis

Renate Klett delights at Latvian director Alvis Hermanis' staging of the piece "Ljod", based on the novel "Ice" by Vladimir Sorokin, at the Riga Theatre Festival. "The ease with which Hermanis turns the pathetic text into a great childhood game - and the way he teases grace from brutishness, light-footed irony from sexually charged male kitchiness - comes across as more elegant and strange in Riga than in Frankfurt [where he put on the same piece]... Hermanis is not one to shy away from big emotions, but he doesn't allow them to obscure his intelligence or theatrical instinct. This man could put a telephone book on stage and it would be more gripping than just about anything. And in these days of brand recognition, it's rare to find someone who constantly tries out new things."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 07/11/2006

The compatibility of the incompatible in Madrid

Renate Klett visited what she calls "one of Europe's biggest, most diverse and least known festivals, the Festival de Otoño (Autumn Festival) in Madrid. The festival features theatre and dancing from all over the world. "The Tiger Lillies, the wonderful British trio led by falsetto singer Martyn Jacques, would certainly endorse the statement that life is crazy and identity is in a constant process of change... In their most recent production 'The Little Match Girl', they transform Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a little girl who sells matches into a theatrical ballad full of sensuality and pain. Everything is sad and funny, heart-breaking and cynical at the same time. The stage area grows as the play goes on, and the temperature, perspectives and octaves constantly change as if of their own accord for the victim, who becomes colder and colder. The morbid song cycle, sung in a rasping but at the same time harp-like voice, revels in the word 'suffering', with the naked girl crawling into a refrigerator or taking the suffering of the whole world upon herself in a Jesus-like gesture. No group fits in better with Madrid than this one, because here you can study the compatibility of the incompatible on a daily basis."

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