In 2019 Jessica collaborated with a group of Latvian artists for just 3 weeks to make her first work on board a bus for children. Premiered, and at the invitation of the Valmiera Summer Festival, Unwanted used the small city of Valmiera as the backdrop for a story about rejection, betrayal and saying sorry.
With a cast of only 3 performers including an onboard narrator, Mārtiņš Meiers, and a handful of voluntary extras, the bus became a moving theatre and the outside streets, its animated film. The work experimented with jumping time and space, panning beside moving characters, close up and distant imagery and text descriptions of un-seen action taking place outside.
PREMIERED AT THE 4TH VALMIERA SUMMER FESTIVAL.
PRESENTED BY VALMIERAS DRAMAS TEATRA AND ISTABAS TEATRIS.
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION: Jessica Wilson
DRAMATURGE: Anci Muižnieci
SCRIPT DEVISED BY: Jessica Wilson, Anci Muižnieci, Mārtiņš Meiers
DESIGN: Pamela Butāni
MUSIC: Jēkabu Nīmani
PERFORMERS: Mārtiņš Meiers, Eduards Johansons, Klinta Leja
Assisted by the British Council.
Photos by Gatis Melnacis-Priednieks.