Asja Lācis and Children’s Theatre
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.