About the show
Nature's enthusiast Valda is hosting a mushroom picking championship every year. This event is like a unique sport, impossible to find anywhere else in the world. She has managed to shape mushroom picking not only as entertainment, but also as a nation wide occurrence. Every year she's visited by mushroom pickers from all Latvia. This year the Mushroom picking Championship is celebrating its 30 anniversary. Valda has to make a choice - to give the championship away or continue to organize it herself.
By using the character of Latvian mushroom picker the performance plays with the habits of a modern person, reflecting about the time in which we live in, the time in which we have to find time for everything.
Connecting mycelium with humanity might be as crazy as to connect contemporary dance with dramatic theater.
“Mushroom picking championship 2021” is a part of project “Jauno maiņa”, in which four Latvian theaters - DDT, Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, theater of Rēzekne “Joriks” and Valmiera Drama theater - are supporting the beginning of a new generation of stage artists in Latvia.
“Jauno maiņa” is realized with the support of State Culture Capital Foundation's target program “KultūrElpa” and Goethe-Institut Riga.