a professional traveling chamber theater established in 2008
Drawing theater is unique by combining in a performance live drawing, music, dance and acting.
Drawing ir beautiful tool for an immersive performance.
It is a media that challenge the audience to participate. A drawing always looks unfinished – these are several lines on a paper which an observer make to be alive.
This is a professional project theater founded by a director, actor and musician Varis Klausītājs.
We want to create an immersive play, that could be adjusted, transformed and reinvented by different communities so that they could relate, and in this way it would lead to safety not only within in a person, but also within communities in a more global scale. Through this idea Drawing Theatre would develop, enrich and improve the way of working, while also finding new ways, developing new methods and making a network of organisations, artists, musicians, social workers in international level, that could and would spread the idea of Drawing Theatre, while strengthening their communities.
As we are living in ever- caning world we have understood that it is very important to find the safety within us, to train our imagination, our creativity and curiosity. We see that Drawing Theater can contribute to the search of safety within one, while playing through different scenarios, addressing different issues and transforming them into holistic healing experiences.
Tanabata or the Tale of Two Stars
Premiere in September 15, 2019 at the Festival Cello Cesis, Cēsis, Latvia.
Duaration: 50 min.
Audience age: 6+
Actors on stage:
Guna Šnē – cello,
Agnese Egliņa – piano
Elīna Endzele – percussion instruments,
Minako Suzuki – dancer (Japan).
Director: Varis Klausītājs,
Scenography: Hiroko Oshima (Japan)
photo: Anrijs Požarskis
The festival always creates a new and special program for young listeners.
This time, the director Varis Klausītājs’s musical performance “Tanabata or the Tale of Two Stars” told an ancient Japanese tale about the life of the kingdom of heaven, about princess Orihimi, her fiancé Hikoboshi and king Tentei, as a dream in reality, music, drawings and dance. The thousand-year-old story of love and the lights of heaven was revealed in a miraculous play that conjured fairy-tale characters in drawings, shadows, music and dance.
Before the event, children have the opportunity to implement the traditions of the Japanese festival TANABATA created in honor of the legend used in the show – to create a wish and hung it on a bamboo tree.
LOVENESS (original: MĪLĪBA)
Premiere in August 12, 2017 during alternative music festival “Sansusī” Aknīste, Latvia.
Duaration: 45 min.
Lines: Without text.
Audience age: 6+.
dancer: Agate Bankava
two contrabasses: Kristaps Pētersons, Oskars Bokanovs (or Einārs Everss, Jurijs Gavriluks)
keybords: Uģis Krišjānis
Director: Varis Klausītājs,
Composer: Kristaps Pētersons
Scenographer: Hiroko Oshima (Japan)
Choreographer: Agate Bankava
Drawing Theatre chamber music performance for two contrabasses, keybord and contemporary dance.
As people grow up, it seems that the world around them is shrinking. However, there are things that look the same as in childhood. Maybe because they are very far and never reachable – like the sun and stars. Alternatively, because we always look at them with a child’s eyes – like cherries, lovely hands and smiles.
On stage, the choreographer, dancer Agate Bankava and musicians with the largest string instruments of the symphonic orchestra – contrabass – meet in imaginative stage design and during the performance in front of the viewer’s eyes upcoming drawings.
“Precisely because of Kristaps Peterson’s mystical and temporally specific sound language, which so characteristic to him, is the greatest value of this performance” – delfi.lv, author Andris Dzenītis, 23.08.2017.
The performance is fascinating for children and inspiring for grownups.
Prject was supported by:
Valsts Kultūrkapitāla fonds, “Latvija 100” iniciative “Skolas soma”,
SIA Colour Line, STO.
Language: Latvian or English
7 fairy tales about Nukucitis
Premiere in December 5, 2009.
Language: Latvian Duration: 45 min.
Audience age: 3+
Painter- Anda Lāce,
Dancer – Agnese Bordjukova,
Musician – Laima Jansone,
Storyteller – Varis Klausitājs /or guest artist
The performance is based on fairy-tales by the poet Aivars Neibarts.
Drawing is a process; it is not a picture only.
Drawing takes the leading role in this performance, it belongs to the painter Anda Lāce supplemented by fragments of contemporary dance, soloist Agnese Bordjukova, and the narrator Varis Klausītājs who relates the incidents with Ņukucītis.
This performance implies drawing on vertical sheets of paper put in seven layers. Each fairy-tale by means of one of these sheets winds into the next fairy-tale. The paper is being painted, torn and crumpled and gradually it fills the whole stage.
Theatrical award festival “Spēlmaņu nakts 2012” Riga, Latvia.
Performance Of The Year For Children And Youth: Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre
Baltic Theatre festival 2012, Tartu, Estonia.
Outstanding Music Composition: Rihards Zalupe, Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre
aactWorldFest 2014, Festival in Paradise, Venice, Florida.
Outstanding Performance Art: Poetry Butterfly Drawing Theatre – Latvia.
Outstanding Accompanist: Rihards Zalupe Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre – Latvia.
Outstanding Choreography & Dance: Elina Gaitjukevica Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre – Latvia.
Outstanding Music Composition: Rihards Zalupe Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre – Latvia.
Outstanding Directoral Vision: Varis Klausitajs Poetry Butterfly – Drawing Theatre – Latvia.