Program of the Performing Arts Week

The launch of the Vaba Lava Theatre Centre in Narva 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 Week and Vaba Lava Theatre Centre in Narva

Linda 2, Narva

Pre launch events

Thursday, 29th November, 2018

3 PM – Book presentation OLD KANNEL

Presentation of a folklore publication Old Kannel: Folk songs from Narva and Vaivara, part of a series Monumenta Historiae Antiquae and the web-publication Viru wedding. Folk tunes from Jõhvi. Wedding songs from Lüganuse and Iisaku.

Location: Vaba Lava small hall

Language: Estonian


Introduction by Kristiina Reidolv (General Manager of Vaba Lava). Speakers: Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia; Mikael Eriksson, the Ambassador of Sweden to Estonia; Raul Oreškin, the Managing Director of Tartu Uus Teater and Helen Sildna, the founder of the music festival Station Narva.

Location: Vaba Lava stuudio hall

Languages: Estonian and English with translation into Russian

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


  • 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

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

Languages: Russian and Estonian

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

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: 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.

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

Languages: Swedish and Norwegian with translation into Estonian and Russian

This project is implemented with support of the Swedish Institute and Swedish Embassy in Tallinn.


Monday, 3rd December, 2018


Open lecture by Igor Kopõtin

Location: Vaba Lava studio hall

Language: Russian

4 PM Political debate related to the upcoming elections devoted to the problematics of Eastern Virumaa.


Location: Vaba Lava studio hall

Language: Russian


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.

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

Language:  Russian

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018


Kuressaare City Theatre

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 1 hour and 5 minutes without intermission.

Location: Vaba Lava studio hall


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.

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

Language: Estonian with translation into Russian

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018

11 AM – 3 PM  Seminar INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION  (free of charge). Estonian, Russian and European theatre critics, directors and producers discuss possibilities of international collaboration and co production with a special focus on Narva. Open lecture by the Estonian director of documentary theatre Merle Karusoo.

Moderator Oleg Loyevski (Russia)

Location: Vaba Lava studio hall

Thursday, 6th December, 2018

3 PM CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS WORKSHOPS for children conducted by Race Horse Company (Finland), (free of charge)

Registration for the workshop to has ended.

Location: Vaba Lava studio hall

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.

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

This project has been supported by Finnish Institute.

Saturday, 8th December, 2018


Vaba Start is a new series of music events featuring diverse groups and DJs from Eastern Virumaa County as well as invited music performers.

Sunday, 9th December, 2018



In this virtually unnarrated documentary, we follow Eurasia’s largest bears who live in Eastern Russia, on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The bears are depicted in their natural environment as our majestic fellow animals, not as threats or means for financial gain.

2018 Russia

Genre: documentary

Directors: Irina Zhyravleva, Vladislav Grishin

Language:  English

Subtitles: Russian, Estonian

Length  52 minutes

Location: Vaba Lava stuudio hall


Loveless is a painful story of family conflict with the tension of a crime thriller. The action takes place in modern-day urban Russia. Zhenya and Boris, who seem to be reasonably well off, are in the process of going through a frustrating and painful divorce. They still live together, but in their thoughts they are impatient to move onto the next stage and begin their lives afresh with new partners. Maybe they will manage not to repeat the same mistakes they made in the marriage they are leaving behind. In the midst of this their 12-year-old son Alyosha has been completely neglected and overlooked. After yet another dreadful argument, which the boy overhears, Alyosha disappears without a trace …

This film is Andrey Zvyagintsev’s fifth feature length film and he continues with his typical psychologically accurate and unflinching realism to shed light on society and people. For the first time Zvyagintsev has used a digital camera instead of film and also relatively lesser known actors. Zvyagintsev’s films are awaited and feared and he does not disappoint this time. After the more epic Leviathan, he has returned to a more intimate style of film.

Arvo Pärt’s Silouan’s Song directed by Paavo Järvi and performed by ENSO is played twice during the film.


2017 Russia

Genre: drama

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cast: Yanina Hope, Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin

Language Russian

Subtitles: Estonian

Length 127 minutes

Cannes Film Festival 2017 Jury Prize, London Film Festival 2017- Best Film in Official Competition, International Cinephile Society Awards 2017-ICS Cannes Award Grand Prix, Munich Film Festival 2017- ARRI/OSRAM Award for Best International Film, European Film Academy Awards: European Cinematographer 2017- Prix Carlo di Palma: Michail Krichman , European Composer 2017: Evgeny and Sacha Balperine, European, Film Academy Nominee in Best European Film, European Director and European Screenwriter categories.


Location: Vaba Lava stuudio hall


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.


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

Location: Vaba Lava blackbox

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

This project has been supported by Embassy of Germany in Tallinn.

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

7 PM Performances of GREEN MEADOW  

The Lithuanian National Drama Theatre


Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Estonia 100, Integration Foundation, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund, Embassy of Germany in Tallinn, the Swedish Institute, Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn, the Finnish Institute and the Goethe Institute in Tallinn, Embassy of Germany in Estonia, Jysk, Kreenholm, MyFitness, Dunker, Astri Keskus, Piletilevi.


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