Evarts Melnalksnis

Evarts Melnalksnis has studied theory and management of culture at Latvian Academy of Culture. He has acquired the profession of musical theatre dramaturge in Master studies at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, while being awarded DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship. He has gained experience as dramaturgy and directing assistant in "brutWien" in Vienna, the Ruhrtriennale ("Alceste", "Die Fremden", director J. Simons), Stuttgart Opera ("The Queen of Spades", director J. Wieler), and Berlin State Opera ("La Douce", director A. Bergmann). He was awarded scholarship of young music theatre professionals program "Musiktheater heute" (2016 - 2018).

As dramaturge he has worked on the production "Membra. Als ich im Sterben lag" with the music of D. Buxtehude and the first performance of "The Night of the Sea Urchins" in Hamburg State Opera, where he also participated as a singer. Founder of the theatre troupe KVADRIFRONS and dramaturge for the group performances  "Pavasaris" ("Spring"), "Brīnuma skartie" ("Wonderers") and "Zvēri ir nemierīgi" ("The beasts are restless") with the music of D. Shostakovich. Curator for the five exhibition cycle of KVADRIFRONS in Riga Circus elephant stables. He focuses on postdramatic theatre strategies, contemporary music theatre, interdisciplinary and international cooperation. Evarts Melnalksnis regularly publishes articles on contemporary theatre processes. He is guest editor of the topic “contemporary music theatre” in the magazine "Teātra Vēstnesis".


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