Program of the Performing Arts Week

The launch of the Narva Theatre Centre is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the program of Performing Arts Week is part of the EV100 program. 

Performing Arts and Theatre Centre Vaba Lava in Narva

Linda 2, Narva

Program of the Performing Arts Week

1st -11th December, 2018

On 1st December the new Vaba Lava Narva venue will be opened in the former factory complex Baltijets. During the opening week of Performing Arts from 1st-11th December, the program will contain a variety of events and activities ranging from theatre premiers and guest performances from Estonia and abroad to concerts, seminars and workshops.

Saturday, 1st December, 2018

6 PM IN TRANSIT, premier

The Vaba lava Narva venue will be opened with the premier of In Transit 

Produced by private theatre R.A.A.A.M., coproduced by Vaba Lava.

In Transit is a documentary piece based on interviews with Aivar Sirelpuu, Aleksander Kutikov, Aleksandr Semyonov, Allan Vainola, Anatoli Belov, Andrei Makarevitš, Anne Veski, Anti Oidsalu, Anu Klyszejko, Ari Dubin, Artemy Troitsky, Benno Beltchikov, Denis Polyakov, Denis Stepanyan, Hardi Volmer, Heini Vaikmaa, Hendrik Sal-Saller, Igor Maasik, Ivo Linna, Ivo Uukkivi, Jaak Ahelik, Jaanus Nõgisto, Jüri Vlassov, Kalev Aas, Kalev Plink, Kare Kauks, Margo Vaino, Marju Länik, Marko Kukk, Mihhail Kovalev, Mihkel Smeljansky, Mikk Targo, Nikolai Meinert, Olav Osolin, Olavi Pihlamägi, Peeter Vähi, Peeter Volkonski, Raivo Sersant, Raul Arras, Rein Lang, Tõnis Kahu, Tõnis Mägi, Tõnu Aare, Tõnu Trubetsky, Valeri Konovalov, Villu Tamme, Vladimir Matetsky. The people interviewed for the show were people involved in music industry – musicians, singers, producers, sound technicians, critics etc. These interviews revive times when Estonian musicians could fill stadiums five times a day in the now defunct Soviet Union. These were times when a synthesiser from the West cost as much as a Soviet car and when mohawk hairstyle could invite a beating by the Soviet militia. These were times when everyone was striving for freedom. When stakes were high, but in the end Estonia became independent  again.

  • Directed by Dmitri Yegorov (Russia)
  • Text by Andrey Popov 
  • Set design and costumes: Konstantin Solovyov
  • Multimedia design: Natalya Naumova


  • CAST:
  • Text, vocals, percussion: Ivo Uukkivi
  • Text, vocals, keyboard: Jarek Kasar
  • Text, accordion: Veiko Tubin
  • Text, guitar: Martin Kõiv
  • Text, vocals, percusssion: Marten Kuningas
  • Text: Pavel Botsarov
  • Text, vocals, bass guitar: Steffi Pähn

Premier on 1st December 2018 at the Vaba Lava Narva venue. Premier is invite only!

10:30 PM CONCERT and LAUNCH OF THE VENUE PARTY. Live performance by Tõnis Mägi, Marju Länik, Jarek Kasar and the band Estraadiraadio. Compère Peeter Volkonski. Later party goes even more upbeat with local DJs Max Diesel ja Vitalik Red.

Sunday, 2nd December, 2018


Royal Dramatic Theatre DRAMATEN (Sweden)

Hedda Gabler directed by Anna Pettersson is a visual experimental deconstruction of one of Ibsen’s classic works. Hedda Gabler is one of Henrik Ibsen’s most durable masterpieces. Written in 1890, it tells the story of the frustrated woman trapped in patriarchal social structures, who has an increasingly desperate need to free herself from the shackles. 

Electra Hallman in the title role of Hedda Gabler is the only actor who is physically present on stage. She interacts with video projections with the three male characters that circle around Hedda Gabler: Jörgen Tesman, Judge Brack and Ejlert Lövborg. 

In 1998, Anna Pettersson, herself played the title role in the Stockholm City Theater’s celebrated production. Now as the director of the show, she continues to explore Ibsen with radical attitude and ingenuity.

  • Directed by Anna Pettersson
  • Stage Design: Anna Pettersson and Jan Lundberg
  • Costumes: Jan Lundberg
  • Sound and Light: Gustave Lund
  • Light design: Magnus Pettersson
  • Masks and wigs: Thea Holmberg Kristensen
  • Film Photography: Klas Hjertberg, Dallas Motion Agency
  • Film production: Dallas Motion Agency
  • Hjertberg, Dallas Motion Agency 

CAST: Electra Hallman as Hedda Gabler, Mattis Herman Nyquist, Kim Haugen, Eindride Eidsvold

Duration of the show: 1 hour 10 minutes without intermission. 


Monday, 3rd December, 2018


Saint Petersburg Theatre Masterskaya

Aleksandr Vampilovs comedy The Oldest Son tells the story of two young men walking a couple of girls home to the suburbs But since it is getting late, they miss the last train home. In search for warmth and shelter, they knock on the door of the eccentric musician Sarafanov. In order to be let in, they improvise a story where one of them is the son of their host. This fabrication brings about completely unexpected results, changing the lives of all the characters forever.

  • Director: Grigory Kozlov
  • Production Design: Vasiliy Semyonov, Natalya Grosheva
  • Light Designer: Alexandr Ryazantsev
  • Music Director: Andrei Yuryev
  • Stage Manager: Vera Lachinova

Cast: Maxim Blinov or Mikhail Kasapov, Arseniy Semyonov, Alexei, Evgeni Shumeiko, Sergei Alimpiev, Alyona Artyomova or Polina Prikhodko, Alexandra Mareeva, Anna Arefyeva, Alyona Artyomova, Olga Karateeva, Vladimir Karpov or Evgeni Perevalov

Duration of the show: 3 hours with one intermission.

Tuesday,4th December, 2018


Kuressaare City Theatre 

Location: Studio hall

Four actresses wearing masks are playing in silence. Using movement and body language, the actors bring to the audience the hidden and imperfect sides of their personalities, one would usually prefer to hide.

One apartment. Four people in unfulfilling relationships who no longer know who they are or where they are going.

The generation depicted in the show is following their dreams at all costs in order to reach the promised happiness. Because the end must always be happy.

In this apartment, the story is told via different situations that open up the funny, delicate, complex, imperfect sides of the four characters who are all desperately searching their identity. 

  • Directed by Matteo Spiazzi (Italy)
  • Costumes: Matteo Spiazzi 
  • Sound design: Villem Rootalu
  • Lighting design: Tarmo Matt
  • Masks: Annika Aedma (NUKU), Evelin Vassar (NUKU), Matteo Spiazzi

CAST: Rauno Kaibiainen, Merilin Kirbits, Kristian Põldma and Tanel Ting

Duration of the show 1hour and 5 minutes without intermission.


Private theatre R.A.A.A.M.

Location: Blackbox hall

What will happen if we, reasonable grown-up people, would have a chance to meet our distant ancestors whose philosophy of life and conception of the world is vastly different. Could we have a meaningful conversation? Could we have anything in common after all? All the dialogues and monologues in the show are based on The Ancient Stories of the Estonian People written by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, the father of Estonian literature, in 1866.

  • Directed by Damir Salimzyanov (Udmurtya)
  • Dramaturg: Damir Salimzyanov
  • Set design: Irina Babicheva
  • Light design: Priidu Adlas
  • Composer: Veiko Tubin

CAST: Jarmo Reha, Liisa Pulk, Mirtel Pohla, Riina Maidre, Dovydas Pabarčius, Karl-Andreas Kalmet, Ott Raidmets (Theatre Endla)

Duration of the show: 2 hours 30 minutes with 2 intermissions.

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

11 AM Seminar on international collaboration (free of charge)

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

3 PM Contemporary circus workshops for children conducted by Race Horse Company (Finland), (free of charge)

Location: studio hall

Registration for the workshop to has ended.

Friday, 7th December, 2018


Race Horse Company (Finland)

The show has it all – durable sustainable materials, amazing silencer-zen technology, beautiful circus people, dangerously sharp acrobatic skills, flying juggling objects, larger than life characters, wondrous whirling dancing, you name it.

In their new circus performance Urbotek Race Horse Company explores the modern urban world of endless parties, its characters searching for fulfilment with a mobile phone in hand. Unconventional acrobatics, object manipulation and dance as tools, with a crazy wink in the eye, the piece is infused with black humour, crazy action and beautiful scenes. 

Urbotek reflects back on the obsessions of the modern world, questions the concept of urban life, the way we live and the things that are ultimately hard to accept.

  • Directed by Rauli Dahlberg
  • Concept and script created by Rauli Dahlberg and Kalle Lehto
  • Lighting design: Antti Sairanen
  • Music and sound design: Sami Tammela & Jussi Liukkonen 
  • Costumes: Rauli Dahlberg, Anja Muhonen 
  • Producer: Antti Suniala

PERFORMERS: Kalle Lehto, Susanna Liinamaa, Teemu Riihelä, Lassi Tauriainen, Rony Hämäläinen and Teemu Virtanen

Duration of the show 1 hour without intermission.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018


Vaba Start is a new series of music events featuring diverse groups and DJs from Ida-Viru County as well as invited music performers

Sunday, 9th December


Monday, 10th December, Tuesday, 11th December, 2018


The Lithuanian National Drama Theatre

A play based on the stories told by staff of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) and the residents of Visaginas town called “Green Meadow”.

Green Meadow – this is official term used by staff of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant to describe the final goal of its deconstruction: in the end, after the cutting up of the turbines, the dismantling of the reactor, and the demolition of the buildings, there will be nothing but a green field left. This goal, however, is still far from being achieved. The planned completion of the work is not before 2038. Although from the outside the power plant does not appear much different, inside it is going through a non-stop process of dismantlement. But what could the green meadow be in a broader metaphorical sense? A bright utopia or a god-forsaken empty space? A place with no industrial leftovers? An opportunity to build something new, eco-friendly and sustainable? Or maybe a space to meditate in? An idyll?

Green Meadow brings on stage ten people connected with the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant and Visaginas: experts, engineers, builders, office staff, artists and teenagers offer a glimpse into their lives inseparable from the plant. Their stories – memories, reflections on politics, visions of the city, and hopes for the future – are conveyed through a carefully selected collage of monologues, archival images and documents.

Although Green Meadow is about the city of Visaginas, its main message is far reaching. With more than 50% of Europe’s nuclear reactors set to be closed in the next decade, the story of Green Meadow is the present or future tale of many communities from across Europe and beyond.

  • Directed by Jonas Tertelis and Kristina Werner
  • Authors of the concept and text Rimantas Ribačiauskas, Kristina Savickienė, Jonas Tertelis, Kristina Werner
  • Set designer: Paulė Bocullaitė
  • Costume designer: Inga Skripka
  • Composer: Martynas Bialobžeskis
  • Light designer: Vilius Vilutis
  • Directors’ assistant: Antanas Obcarskas
  • Translator: Andrius Merkevičius


  • Gerdas Baltušis, Junior Officer at the State Border Guard Service in the Ignalina Frontier District, Canine Handler,
  • Violeta Janavičienė, Specialist at INPP Repair Arrangement and Support Division,
  • Aleksandr Yermolayev, Senior Spectrometry Engineer at INPP Radiation Safety Division,
  • Maria Laenko, Graduate of St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts,
  • Dmitri Marčenko, Freelance IT Specialist, Clown, 
  • Vladimir Medvedev, High School Student, 
  • Helene RydingIndependent, Energy Consultant, 
  • Olga Solovyova, Head of the Open Youth Centre at the Visaginas House of Creativity, 
  • Edita Spudytė, Lawyer for the INPP Procurement and Contract Division, 
  • Auksė Zvicevičiūtė, High School Student. 

The performance is in three languages – Lithuanian, Russian and English, with integrated subtitles. 

Duration of the show: 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.


Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Estonia 100, Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund, Embassy of Germany in Tallinn, Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn, the Swedish Institute, the Finnish Institute and the Goethe Institute in Tallinn.

Keep an eye on our website for updates on the program.