The publication of the book “Artūrs Skrastiņa Spogulija” was celebrated on September 28 at the Daile Theater among a group of friends, relatives and colleagues. The book, authored by theater critic Līvija Dūmiņa, is a tribute to one of the brightest Latvian actors of her generation – Artūrs Skrastiņš. He has been playing on the stage of Daile Theater for 25 years.
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The book presentation event was attended not only by the book publishers from “Star ABC“and the author of the book, but also its main character Artūrs Skrastinš with his family and his colleagues from Daile and other Latvian theaters. The special guests of the event were groups”Brainstorm“members who like Artūrs Skrastiņš comes from Jelgava and is his schoolmates. In addition, “Brainstorm” once participated in one of the most famous productions of the Daile Theater – “Schweik” (1998) – based on the motifs of Yaroslav Hashek’s famous novel with Artūrs Skrastiņš in the title role.
The event was complemented by the music of Maestro Raimonds Pauls and composer Kārlis Lāčs, as well as the conducting of singer Aija Andrejeva and the choir Māris Sirmā.
In the book “Artūrs Skrastiņa Spogulija”, published by “Zvaigzne ABC”, Līvija Dūmiņa reveals the actor’s path to the big stage and cinema screens, as well as speaks very openly not only with Artūrs Skrastiņš himself, but also with the people with whom his paths have crossed. in both private and professional life. According to the author of the book, she knew that she wanted to write a book about an actor, not a director or a representative of another theater profession.
“I chose an artist of my generation, whose work was already at that time, in 2004, when the idea of the book was born, I am delighted that he is the best actor in Latvia,” says Līvija Dūmiņa about the behind-the-scenes work. “Contrary to the stereotypical assumption that all theater critics are fallen actresses, I’ve never wanted to be an actress. But I’m very interested in the psychology of the actor and the specifics of the profession – how the role works, how the image Therefore, in the book I have studied Artūrs Skrastiņš, becoming a mirror in which to perceive the reflection of his personality and talent.Of course, this reflection would not be complete without the context provided by family, friends and colleagues, so the book is not just a story about actor Arthur It is also a story about Daile Theater and the most important personalities with whom Artūrs Skrastiņš has formed the history of this theater for 25 years.
Artūrs Skrastiņš says that 16 years ago he was addressed by the then future theater critic Līvija Dūmiņa, and from the very beginning his setting was that the events depicted in the book should be open and true.
“The book is not a boring biographical novel, and it is not only about me, but also about the history of Daile Theater for the last 25 years,” admits Artūrs Skrastiņš. “It has many adventures, which are depicted as honestly as possible, without embellishing or smoothing anything. when we started working on the book with Livija, my attitude was that it has no deadline – it will be published when it is ready in essence. It took 16 years. “
The author of the illustrations and cover of the book is Ilze Vītoliņa – a costume designer with whom Artūrs Skrastiņš has had a long-term collaboration, creating images for various roles. The book includes not only photos from the performances, but also sketches of Ilze Vītoliņa’s costumes.