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Alvis Hermanis The Sound of Silence

Ein Konzert von Simon & Garfunkel 1968 in Riga, das nie stattgefunden hat
Ein Konzert von Simon & Garfunkel 1968 in Riga, das nie stattgefunden hat

A production of
spielzeit'europa | Berliner Festspiele
and Jaunais Rigas Teatris

Duration of the performance: approx. 3 hours, one break


  • 11 August 2009, 19:30


  • 12 August 2009, 19:30
  • 13 August 2009, 19:30
  • 14 August 2009, 19:30

Print programme (PDF)


Alvis Hermanis, Stage Director
Monika Pormale, Set and Costume Design
Mara Brašmane, Photos
Gatis Builis, Sound
Krisjanis Strazdits, Lighting Design


Guna Zarina, Sandra Zvigule, Inga Alsina, Liena Šmukste, Iveta Pole, Regina Razuma, Kristine Kruze, Gatis Gaga, Kaspars Znotinš, Edgars Samitis, Ivars Krasts, Varis Pinkis, Girts Kruminš, Andris Keišs


Alvis Hermanis, one of the most renowned theater directors in Europe, winner of the 2003 Montblanc Young Directors Award at the Salzburg Festival with his staging of Gogol's Government Inspector, is back in Salzburg with his extraordinary ensemble of actors from the New Riga Theater and a poetic show without words, full of stories, music and minute observations. In the internationally acclaimed production Long Life, he had already depicted the tragic-comic life in an old people's flatshare in Riga; we now meet these same inhabitants during their youth in The Sound of Silence – at a time when, at the margins of Europe, they were caught by the utopias of the 1968 generation; at a time of confidence and melancholy as expressed in the songs of Simon & Garfunkel. The Sound of Silence is in its own way an answer to the game of the mighty: it reminds us of happiness, without any embellishments.