Nonstandard festival: Homo Novus

The international festival of contemporary theatre Homo Novus so far has taken place every second year. Starting from 2016 it becomes an annual event and is trying out a new format – a series of events throughout the autumn. They have already started with two events that invite to experience the making of the performance. The British writer and theatre maker Ant Hampton will visit Riga for the first time with his latest work “The Extra People” where the audience has been given a crucial role. A group of Finnish, Portuguese and Latvian choreographers will generously share and explore the elusive moment of creativity together with the public in Riga Dance Atelier. In October Homo Novus will introduce the work by remarkable artists working in Austria. Solo climate conference “Cry Me a River” is Anna Mendelssohn’s deeply personal comment on the discourse related to climate change; “Sons of Sissy” by Simon Mayer, a hybrid of contemporary choreography, folk dance and music, is a witty, sharp and yet, respectful look at the tradition. Philipp Gehmacher, both an outsider and one of the most influential figures in the Western contemporary dance, will present two highly intellectual and poetic works: “walk + talk” and “my shapes, your words, their grey”. The most intense festival week on November 7-13 will bring to Riga the work by Dries Verhoeven, Stan’s Cafe, Daniel Wetzel, David Weber-Krebs, Nacera Belaza, Francesca Grilli, Radouan Mriziga and others. The programme will be published on website at the end of September. Save the date and welcome to Riga!

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