Director of the National Theater: New easing of gathering restrictions will have minimal impact on theater operations – Society and Politics – News

From 17 August, up to 1,000 people will be able to gather indoors at the same time, but the requirement to keep a distance of one meter between seats will also apply. In the case of the National Theater, this means that the Great Hall can accommodate 350 spectators at a time.

The director of the National Theater admitted that the new amendments will have a greater impact on concert organizers and cultural spaces than on theaters. The room must be at least 3,000 square meters to accommodate 1,000 people.

As to how the forthcoming easing of assembly restrictions could affect the theatre’s repertoire, Vimba pointed out that it was primarily influenced by the development of Covid-19. The director of the theater described the current situation, talking about similarities and comparing it with road repairs.

“If we used to be able to drive 90 or 100 kilometers per hour, now the speed limit is 30 or 50 kilometers per hour. But it’s also reduced speed. Restrictions are being introduced to make us all feel safer, so I can’t blame anyone. We have to try to survive, “stressed Vimba.

On July 31, the theater premiered the work of playwright Māra Zālīte under the direction of “Margareta” director Reinis Suhanovs. The production was viewed both in person and remotely. Vimba noted that people were very interested. Asked whether the theater plans to produce performances in this format in the future, the director of the theater emphasized that it depends on the material of the play.

“Not all works can be adapted for the Internet, not all can be transformed into chamber shows.” Margaret “adhered very organically to this format, because the show takes place in prison. For example, in Africa, someone was sentenced to death remotely. as a medium that resonates around these events, “said Vimba.

Turning to the question of future plans, the director stressed that they will remain largely unchanged – the theater will continue to play, perform and show them to the audience, as long as the cost does not exceed the turnover.

“We also have to think about profits, because otherwise we can’t cover all the costs unless we get extra grants. The new easing of assembly restrictions will have a minimal impact on our work, but it also allows us to work at a different capacity,” Vimba said.

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