The technically complex show happened with such ease that I allowed myself to dream and believe in miracles ... the bus drives another bend, around a new atmosphere-saturated corner, and the narrator cuts in again filling the bus with a story that evokes strong feelings – akin to first love.
— AR BĒRNIEM Satori - translated from Latvian
In the painful story of the city’s memory and broken friendship, the exquisite technical choreography was realised by just a few actors running behind the window of a massive bus full of spectators.
— AR BĒRNIEM Satori - translated from Latvian
The moment the audience steps onboard, the line between fictional and reality is blurred. Played on many levels, it evokes deep heart feelings and leaves a lasting emotional impression.
— ILSE KLAVINA, Shifla
 

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.