The children and youth theatre group “Vinnie” Riga, Latvia
directed by Inguna Gremze and Karina Sislo
The children and youth theatre group “Vinnie” was founded in 1995 by directors Inguna Gremze and Karina Sislo in the Riga culture Centre “Mazā ģilde”. There are young and creative actors aged 6-26. The participants acquire the skills of playing on the stage, improvisation, building character, stage movement and voice, and the result is a performance. The Theatre group “Vinnie” participated in many international festivals in Austria, Denmark, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Lithuania with different performances from Shakespeare and Chekhov to modern abstract plays. Every second year they organise the children and youth theatre festival “Baltic bell” in Riga.
Synopsis of the play Blow, the Winds.
The play “Blow, the Winds” was written by classical Latvian poet and writer Jan Rainis in 1914. The story is set in the 16th century. A mother waits at a farmhouse near river Daugava for the arrival of suitors for her eldest daughter Zane, but Uldis only has eyes for her foster girl Baiba. It is a human drama about the creative and destructive nature of love. Time does not affect the story’s significance. The characters and their relations have risen to philosophic generalisation to symbols to emphasize the idea that strength and power should unite with tenderness and humanity to form a new human society.