Ponte Alto, Modena

12/10/2007 22:30  
13/10/2007 18:00  

director Alvis Hermanis
actors Gundars Aboliņš, Jevgeņijs Isajevs
set and costume designer Kristīne Jurjāne
sound Andris Jarāns
light Krišjānis Strazdīts
stage managerLinda Zaharova

RUNNING TIME 1hr 40mins



It's available a shuttle bus from Teatro delle Passioni to Ponte Alto. Departure time an half an hour before the beginning of the play

Sonja is an impressionistic miniature about a lonely woman, whose fate has played a mean trick on her, which at the same time has become the biggest happiness of her life.
Sonja is a little dense, a little ugly, a little lonely. But she does have some talents: she is an excellent cook and seamstress, and is great at getting on people’s nerves. Then one day she receives a love letter, passionate and serious, and Sonja ’s heart is aflame. Little does she realize that the letter was written by the evil Ada, who changes Sonja’s life for ever.

The character created by T.Tolstaya combines huge contrasts: ugly appearance and very sensitive inner world, hard life and delicate sole. Director Alvis Hermanis has entrusted a male actor to reveal these opposite poles: „It is not an aim in itself – to turn into a woman. This is more the issue of understanding a woman. We are not playing a woman, we are trying to create a female image, character and tell about her soul. I doubt whether a soul can have a gender.”

The space and authenticity of the environment plays a big role in this staging, and it is achieved by using real things and antiques. It is because the world of things and belongings tells most about a human being.

Learn more about the show:
about the new riga theatre
The show

Vie Scena Contemporanea Festival is an Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione project,