After-performance talk with the director of The Sound of Silence
, Alvis Hermanis.
Alvis Hermanis was born in 1965 and was educated as an actor at the Theatre department of Latvian State Conservatoire. In his performances Hermanis often plays with different concepts of post-modern aesthetics, signs, images and symbols of the Eastern and Western cultures. His performances are very different aesthetically, but all of them are characterised by perfect sense of form, stile and epoch. His theatre is a quest for new experience and new limits of reality, involving audio and visual arts – using video projections, slides and phonograms. He has also been the playwright, stage designer and an actor in his own productions. His productions have participated in international theatre festivals in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Finland, Germany, Austria, the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Korea.
At Salzburger Festspiele 2003 Hermanis received the Young Directors Project Award (Max Reinhardt’s pen). In 2007 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize for the New Theatre Reality (Thesseloniki), and in 2008 the Stanislavsky Prize in nomination Foreign Theatre (Moscow). Since 1997 he is the artistic director of New Riga Theatre.