Asja Lācis and Children’s Theatre
Andris Brinkmanis

20 April 2019, SALT Bey­oğlu Walk-in Cin­e­ma 14:00

On the 20th of April at 2 pm, SALT Walk-in Cin­e­ma will host a pre­sen­ta­tion by researcher and cura­tor Andris Brinkma­n­is who will talk on the prac­tice of Lat­vian the­atre direc­tor, actress, ped­a­gogue, and exper­i­menter Anna “Asja” Lācis (1891–1979). She was a cru­cial “link” between Lat­vian, Ger­man and Sovi­et avant-garde tra­di­tions in the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry. She was a pio­neer of aes­thet­ic edu­ca­tion and exten­sive­ly exper­i­ment­ed with­in the frame­work of chil­dren’s theatre.

Andris Brinkma­n­is will unpack the key con­cepts on Wal­ter Ben­jam­in’s text, “Pro­gram for a Pro­le­tar­i­an Chil­dren’s The­atre” togeth­er with Lācis’ eman­ci­pa­to­ry ped­a­gog­i­cal meth­ods and strate­gies that influ­enced numer­ous west­ern move­ments of alter­na­tive and anti-author­i­tar­i­an edu­ca­tion. He will also attempt to pro­vide a his­tor­i­cal, but also a the­o­ret­i­cal frame­work to Lācis prac­tice from a con­tem­po­rary per­spec­tive. For the occa­sion of the exhi­bi­tion Sig­nals from Anoth­er World: Asja Lācis and Children’s The­atre cur­rent­ly on dis­play at AVTO, Brinkma­n­is will set out to con­tex­tu­al­ize her lega­cy in respect to the cur­rent cul­tur­al, social and polit­i­cal situation.