Legionnaires, or the post-dramatic, political theatre, Latvian style, goes on Legionnaires - directed by Valters Silis, produced by Theatre Gertrudes ielas teatris (Latvia), Turteatern (Sweden), Kokoteatteri (Finland) - against the background of a 'punching with tenderness' political theatre wave | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 28 Number 157
  • ISSN: 1318-0509
  • E-ISSN: 2050-957X



This article is an attempt at an introduction of the Latvian show Legionnaires on several levels: as an extraordinary theatre production in its own right, as part of the Baltic theatre phenomenon, and as part of the New Wave of political theatre aimed at looking inwards in search of a change in the bigger world and using love not only as a springboard but as the 'thing' imbuing its main means of expression as well - in brief, a theatre that prefers 'punching with tenderness' (according to a phrase by Alvis Hermanis). A daring claim is made that this type of theatre may, to a great extent, have Latvian roots, with Hermanis's Long Life as its first excellent sample of world-wide fame.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): Alvis Hermanis; Eastern Europe; non-violence; political; theatre; Valters Silis
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